Sunday, May 17, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

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

Ingredients

1 (.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

Directions

Amish Friendship Bread

Directions

Mix in large bowl with one cup flour, one cup sugar, and one cup milk. Stir and pour 4 one-cup starters in large zip-loc bags. Keep one starter for yourself and give three other to friends with these instructions.

Ingredients

To remaining batter in bowl add and mix well

Directions

Pour 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 350ยบ for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove bread from pans. Makes two loaves.

Enjoy!

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