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I’ve recently received a starter for Amish Friendship Bread and it is super simple and tasty. Well, I mean simple in that there is very little to do with it other than watch yeast ferment for 5 days at a time, but I found a really nice little compilation of information that I will now reproduce. The first part of this was taken from Armchair.com, where you can buy some really cute gift sets for the baker in your life and I got the starter recipe from cooks.com. Another way to not feel too guilty for making this bread is by using Splenda for baking, Skim Milk and Whole Wheat Flour. This works beautifully as a substitution for the health conscious baker using this recipe.
“Amish Friendship Bread
This is more than a recipe – it’s a way of thinking. In our hi-tech world almost everything comes prepackaged and designed for instant gratification. So where does a recipe that takes ten days to make fit in? Maybe it’s a touch stone to our past – to those days not so very long ago when everything we did took time and where a bread that took 10 days to make was not as extraordinary as it seems today.
The recipe comes to us from Mrs. Norma Condon of Los Angeles. Amish Friendship Bread is a great bread for the holidays. When you’ve made your bread, you can give 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 birthday and Christmas present. Church groups and hospitals have spread a lot of love and cheer by making Amish Friendship Bread for their members. Many people make it regularly just because it tastes so good!
Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. If you know someone with a starter, you are in luck. For those of you without access to a starter, we’ve done our research and found a great option. It’s a special starter in powder form that can be activated with flour and water; it’s safe, very inexpensive and we can send it to you.
Important Note: Don’t use metal spoons or equipment. Do not refrigerate. Use only glazed ceramic or plastic bowls or containers.
Required Main Ingredient
1 cup live yeast starter (see above)
Do nothing with the starter.
Stir with a wooden spoon.
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.
Stir with a wooden spoon.
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 containers. 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.
Amish Friendship Bread
Variations on a Theme #1
The original Amish Friendship Bread recipe comes to us from Mrs. Norma Condon of Los Angeles (Basic Recipe). These delicious additions come to us from Mrs. Cherii Martin of Fresno, California, Suzette Pierce, and Lori Panzino of San Bernardino, California. Use the basic recipe and add or delete ingredients as per instructions!
Cherii Martin’s Banana Amish Friendship Bread
Omit cinnamon and vanilla pudding in the basic recipe and add two bananas (mashed)
Cherii Martin’s Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread
Omit cinnamon and vanilla pudding from the basic recipe and add 1 – (5.1 oz) box of instant chocolate pudding, 3 tsp. cocoa and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours.
Cherii Martin’s Apple Cinnamon Friendship Bread
add one cup of raisins and one small diced apple.
Suzette Pierce’s Pudding, Chocolate Chip and Nut Variations
Suzette Pierce writes: “You can use many different flavors of pudding. My favorite is pistachio flavor. You may also use different flavors of chocolate chips and nuts.”
Lori Panzino’s Butterscotch Amish Friendship Bread
Lori Panzino writes: “Add 1 box of butterscotch pudding and 1 cup of butterscotch chips. We bake the cake in a 13″ x 9” pan. It’s my family’s favorite cake! She adds “Don’t forget to omit the vanilla pudding”
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To Make a Starter Batter:
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 c. milk
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
In a glass bowl using a non-metal spoon, stir 1 package dry yeast into 1 cup milk. Add 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar, stirring until smooth. Cover loosely and place on kitchen counter. Do Not Refrigerate Starter. Count this as day 1. Day 2, 3 and 4 stir mixture. Day 5 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup flour to starter mixture, stirring until smooth. Days 6, 7, 8 and 9 stir mixture. Day 10 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup flour to starter mixture. Starter is now ready to be used to make cake and give to friends.”