Get swept up in the aroma of freshly baked bread or the warmth of a heavy quilt on a crisp winter night with The Modern-Day Pioneer (Adams Media, 2012) by Charlotte Denholtz. This charming book celebrates these simple pleasures by showing readers how to incorporate basic skills and living into their everyday life. Whether you’re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, mending your own clothes, or crafting delicious meals from scratch, The Modern-Day Pioneer will be your guide every step of the way. This Friendship Bread recipe makes a delicious homemade gift.
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Friendship Bread Recipe
This bread is the perfect gift to welcome new neighbors, or cheer up a sick companion. It freezes well, which makes it easy to keep one or two on hand, just in case you need to brighten someone’s day.
• 1 cup Friendship Bread Starter
• 3 tablespoons canola oil, plus more as needed
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more as needed
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 3–4 cups bread flour
1. In a large bowl, combine the starter, 3 tablespoons oil, egg, and 1/3 cup sugar. Stir to combine. Add salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and enough flour to create a firm dough.
2. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8–10 minutes. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Return to bowl, oil the top, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
3. Coat two 9” × 5” loaf pans with pan spray, and line the bottom and short sides of each pan with a strip of parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface, divide into 2 equal portions, and shape each into an oblong loaf. Place into the prepared pans seam-side down. Dust with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and set aside to proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F.
4. Dust the risen loaves with sugar and bake until golden brown and hollow sounding, about 35–50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans, and cool completely on a rack. Friendship Bread recipe yields 2 loaves.
More Bread Starter Recipes and Bread Recipes
For more from The Modern-Day Pioneer, check out the articles Making Bread without Yeast: 2 Bread Starter Recipes and Beekeeping for Beginners.
This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz and published by Adams Media, an imprint of F+W Media, 2012. Buy this book from our store: The Modern-Day Pioneer.