Sunday, August 08, 2021

Friendship Bread on the Kettle

It has been awhile that I've talked about Amish Friendship bread.

See Sheppy's Blog: Friendship Bread.

What is "Friendship Bread"?

“Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared in a manner similar to a chain letter. The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads, shared with friends, or frozen for future use.”

Or ....

“It’s a gloopy, unappetizing substance in a bag that you mash for ten days before baking the most heavenly bread in the world.”

Either way ... you can find information about how to make it and what to make with it at The Friendship Bread Kitchen.

Recently, I pulled one of those bags of "gloopy, unappetizing substance" and started feeding it.

Saturday morning, I used some of it to make "Mexican Hot Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread" ... sort of.

I basically followed the recipe on the post Mexican Hot Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread. I didn't have any cayenne pepper, so I substituted a different spice.

But the big thing I did differently is to cook it on the Weber Kettle.

I used my vortex in the indirect configuration. I filled it about 4/5 of the way full with lit coals. I dialed in the temperature at around 350 degrees.

Then, I put the bread batter into my cast iron pan, and placed that in the kettle.

Then I let it cook. 

It was basically the same amount of time (about an hour) as the recipe at Mexican Hot Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread.

I think if I make this again, I might cook it a little less time. The bread was delicious, but I think the edges were maybe a bit overdone. 

The family really enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast.

Other than a slightly darker color, and perhaps a little more crunchy edges ... I don't think cooking in the kettle really had an affect on the finished bread.

As far as I noticed ... there wasn't any smoky flavor or anything else that I would have thought came from cooking on charcoal rather than in the oven.

But, of course cooking on the grill is much more fun than cooking inside.

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