We tried it! – Friendship bread

We tried it! Friendship bread

Jamelia Watson | Reporter

Amish Friendship Bread, just from the name you can tell that this bread is made for perfection.  That is just it; the whole recipe is to signify the different steps of friendship. No wonder this bread takes 10 days to make! The Amish part is to signify a way of thinking. It is considered a look into the past when everything back then took time, and when you couldn’t just go to the store to buy bread, and when bread that takes 10 days to make didn’t seem so bizarre. The recipe comes from Mrs. Norman Condon of Los Angeles. When you have finished making your bread, give your friends a sample with the recipe so your friends can pass it along to their friends. This is part of the reason it is called “friendship bread.”  A lot of people make it just for fun because it tastes so good.

Recipe

Create a starter. You can search online on how to create a starter from scratch.

Day 1: 1 cup live yeast starter. Do nothing with the starter.

Day 2 to 5: Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 7 to 9: Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of milk. Stir. take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well:

Wet

– 1 cup oil

– 1/2 cup milk

– 3 eggs

– 1 tsp vanilla

Dry

– 2 cups flour

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 2 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp baking soda

– One 5.1 oz box instant

vanilla pudding

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1 cup nuts

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Follow the directions accordingly. If you wish, you can take out the nuts and add fruit, such as raisins and cranberries like I did.

Meaning

In regards to making the friendship bread, each day could have a whole different meaning.  I interpreted it as different stages of friendship. The first day you are supposed to do nothing with the starter. This is like the first thing you feel when you don’t have a friend. You probably feel alone, like nothing is happening for you. On days 2-5, you are supposed to just stir the batter. In a way, it is like mixing all the things together that will make or build a friendship. A laugh here or a secret there can be key ingredients in a friendship. On day 6, you are supposed to add one cup of sugar, milk, and flour. I thought it could be all the things you go through in your friendship that make it worthwhile. On days 7-9 you continue to stir, just as days 2-5. Finally on day 10, you bake your bread. This is what makes it so amazing. When stirring you bread, there may be a stench, its okay it is just the yeast reacting, causing it to have an alcoholic smell. Although the process can be pretty agonizing, the results are worth it. Just like friendship.

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