Amish Friendship Bread
Have y'all ever made Amish Friendship Bread?? It's been going around among my friends lately and it is SO delish!! It's really fun to do too! Here's the info in case you haven't heard of it. *I posted this over on the MF too but I wanted to share with you guys as well!
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. The sweet, cake-like Amish Cinnamon Bread is a common bread that is made from this starter; it is a simple, stirred quickbread that includes a substantial amount of sugar and vegetable oil, with a mild cinnamon flavor. It has characteristics of both pound cake and coffee cake.
A common recipe using this starter suggests using one cup of it to make bread, keeping one cup to start a new cycle, and giving the remaining three cups to friends. The process of sharing the starter makes it somewhat like a chain letter. One cup of starter makes two standard loaves of bread.
This is the Starter Recipe:
This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you'll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread. It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
Here are the 10-Day Instructions:
Do not use any type of metal spoons or bowl for mixing. Do not refrigerate. If air gets into the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble, and ferment.
Day 1: Do nothing. This is the date on which you receive the bag. Squish-squash-mush the bag.
Day 2: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 3: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 4: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 5: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag 1 C. flour, 1 C. sugar, 1 C. milk . Squish-squash-mush the bag.
Day 7: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 8: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 9: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 10: BAKING DAY! Mix and divide the starter as follows:
1. Pour entire contents of bag into large non-metal bowl
2. Add: 1½ cup flour, 1½ cup sugar, 1½ cup milk.
3. Measure out 4 separate batches of the starter batter, 1 cup each, into 4 separate Ziplock bags (one gallon size). Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of this recipe/instructions. (Or you can bake them all or give them all to friends, however you want to do it!)
4. Pre-heat oven to 325°.
5. To the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
1 cup Canola oil
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
6. Grease or butter 2 large loaf pans and mix an additional ½ cup sugar and 1½ tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Pour batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the top with remaining sugar mixture.
7. Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from sides of pan and turn out to serving dish.
If bag isn't passed on to a friend on the 10th day, be certain to tell recipient which day the bag is at when given to them. If you keep a starter bag for yourself, you will be baking every 10 days.
PLEASE NOTE: If you give your starters all away, you will have to wait until someone gives you back a starter or you can google how make your own starter.
There are lots of additions you can make to this recipe as well. I added pecans to my loaves and it was really good. Other ideas are: chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, blueberries, caramel or peanut butter morsels, etc.
This is a lot of fun to keep going with your friends. I just got a bag today and I can't wait to bake (8 days to go!). I'm going to try all different additions next time.. especially the chocolate chips! Just wanted to share!