Amish Friendship BreadApril 9, 2009
Last Thursday at the church life group my husband and I attend, one of the leaders had made Amish Friendship bread. I had never had it before, but it’s quite tasty! I don’t really think that it’s “Amish” though… somehow the vanilla pudding gives that away. Regardless, it has the friendship sharing aspect, so I’m giving it a try.
As we were talking about the bread, she told us that she had starters that we could take to make our own. This was new to me and I was a little worried about it… but the best part I saw in the recipe was that for almost all of the 10 days in making, all I had to do was “mush the bag.” That, I figured I could handle.
The recipe for after you have a starter is as follows:
- day 1:
- Do nothing with the starter.
- days 2-5:
- Mush the bag.
- day 6:
- Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mush the bag.
- days 7-9:
- Mush the bag.
- Day 10:
- Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic bags. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 – (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
(At least that’s the recipe I found online, not positive it’s the exact one I have at home.)
What’s great about the timing of when I got this starter, is that it will be Easter bread! I’m excited to make it by the original recipe, and maybe I will keep one of the starters from this batch to try some variations in another 10 days. 🙂