Sunday, September 30, 2007

Friendship bread and Coleslaw

A coworker brought some Friendship starter bags to work and I took one home - diligently did the instructions for the 10 days and baked some yummy's a great recipe - I still have 2 starter bags if anyone is interested, otherwise I might just make some more bread in 10 days.

Friendship Bread
DO NOT use any type of metal spoon for mixing

DO NOT refrigerate.

If air gets in the bag, let it out.
It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment.

Day 1: DO nothing, this is the day you receive the bag. The bag is dated.
Day 2: Mash the bag
Day 3: Mash the bag
Day 4: Mash the bag
Day 5: Mash the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1cup all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag
Day 10: Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups milk.

Measure out 4 separate 1 cup portions of batter into 4 gallon-size bags. The balance left in the bowl will be used by yourself for baking the bread. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 to friends with a copy of this recipe. If you keep a starter you will be baking every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Should this recipe not be passed on to a friend on the 1st day, be certain to tell the friend which day the bag is on when you give it to them.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
TO the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 large box instant pudding (vanilla, chocolate or chocolate fudge)

Grease 2 large loaf pans. Mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with the mixture. Pour the batter evenly into the pans. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top. Bake 60 - 70 minutes. Cool until bread loosens evenly from the sides (approx. 10 minutes). Turn into serving dish.

On another note - I made some more coleslaw today - delici-oso! This is the recipe I've always used...


4-5 cups shredded cabbage
1 med green pepper, strips or chopped
3 carrots, strips or slices
2 Tbsp sweet onion, grated
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Mayo to taste
Celery seed to taste

Toss everything together and chill for at least an hour.

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