This is the same Amish Friendship Bread recipe that I last saw when my neighbor passed me a baggie of bread starter in 2007, and before that when I got it from a co-worker in 2003, and before that from a friend way back sometime in the 1990s. I have no idea who invented it, as its always been passed on via slightly blurry photocopies without any attribution. If you are reading this and you happen to be the original creator of this friendship bread recipe please contact me - I'd love to know who you are!!
The recipe works just fine and the bread that it makes is very good - its a sweet bread similar to banana or zucchini bread - and this time I made it exactly from the recipe (with one very slight variation). Next time, however, I'll make a few more variations to see how it turns out. Mainly I think I'll skip the pudding mix because I'm not sure what it even adds to the bread.
Thanks so much to Alma for sending some friendship bread starter my way. Also, I've re-homed two of my bags of starter but one's still up for grabs so if I know you in real life let me know if you'd like some! If you'd like to make this bread and don't have a friendly bag of starter handy, I've posted the recipe for the starter here.
Amish Friendship BreadDo not use a metal spoon (using metal with your starter will cause an acidic reaction that will ruin it) and do not refrigerate the starter. Let air out of the plastic bag occasionally or it could explode.
Day 1: You received fermented batter (starter) in a one-gallon bag. Do nothing but place the bag on the kitchen counter. If you didn't receive the starter on Day 1, go by the date on the bag.
Day 2: Squeeze the bag.
Day 3: Squeeze the bag.
Day 4: Squeeze the bag.
Day 5: Squeeze the bag.
Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk to the bag and squeeze several times.
Day 7: Squeeze the bag and let some air out.
Day 8: Squeeze the bag and let some air out.
Day 9: Squeeze the bag and let some air out.
Day 10: Today is the day to make the bread and divide the starter for your friends. In a large non-metallic bowl combine the starter with 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups milk. Mix with a wooden spoon. Pour four 1-cup starters (don't use a metal measuring cup!) into 4 one-gallon Ziplock bags. Write the Day 1 date on the bag (today's date) and the Day 6 and Day 10 dates as well. Pass out to your friends with a copy of these instructions.
the remaining starter
1 cup oil (or 2 cups applesauce)
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 small or 1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
optional: 1 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup raisins, chocolate chips or blueberries.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the bottom of the two pans.
2. Add all of the ingredients to the remaining batter in the bowl and mix well.
3. Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake in the oven for 1 hour. The bread is done when a skewer or cake tester comes out clean from the middle.
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