This month also was World Friendship Day, and to celebrate it, characters Sam and Sofia are cooking one of their favorite recipes together: “Friendship Bread!” Why not invite a friend to come cook with you? Here’s how:
• 1 package active dry yeast
• 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
• a pinch of sugar
• 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
• 3 cups white sugar, divided
• 3 cups milk
Directions for Friendship Bread
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water with a pinch of sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container (not metal!), combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Whisk thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and the dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly: look at the yeast growing! Kids love to see the physical change. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
2. On days 2 through 4, stir starter with a spoon (or with your hands, as my kids like to do!). Note any differences in smell, appearance, and texture. On day 5, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk and place in a ziplock bag. Days 6 throughout 9, have the kids mash the bag to stir the mixture.
3. Finally, on day 10, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup of the “starter” to make your first bread, and give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe. Talk about how nice it feels to share something homemade with a friend, and how we feel when someone gives a something special.
Store the remaining 1-cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10-day process over again (beginning with step 2).
Now that you have your sourdough starter, follow this simple recipe to make a delicious loaf of Amish Friendship Bread:).