This is more than a recipe - it's a way of thinking; a touchstone from the past in the hurly burly world. Ten days to sit warm and rising on a cozy kitchen counter. To watch and think of and remember loving moments of friendships past to friendships future. Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. When you've made your bread, you can give it your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called "friendship bread". It makes a great homemade present for holidays. I've had this recipe for years when I received a starter from a friend. I like to add pecans. Other variations I've seen are adding carrots and raisins , or bananas. Do not use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing. Do not refrigerate. If air gets into the bag let it out. It's normal for the batter to raise, bubble, and ferment.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Ingredients1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk
- 1 In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Remember to avoid using metal containers and utensils. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle.
2 On days 2 through 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 through 9; stir only.
3 Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 or 2 cups to make your first bread, give three cups to friends along with the recipe. Store the remaining starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (starting with step 2). You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.
Amish Friendship Bread
This day you receive the batter. Do nothing.
Add one cup Flour, one cup Sugar, one cup Milk
IngredientsTo remaining batter in bowl add and mix well
- 1 Cup Oil
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 large package instant Vanilla Pudding
½ Cup Milk
½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
½ Teaspoon Salt
DirectionsPour into 2 large greased and sugared (mix a little cinnamon and sugar) loaf pans. You can sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mix all inside the pan and save a little for the top. Bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove bread from pans. Makes two loaves.