Saturday, February 1, 2014

Amish Friendship Bread

About 10 days ago, a coworker asked if I wanted some Amish Friendship Bread starter, which I happily accepted. If you have not had the opportunity to receive a starter, then you have, unfortunately, been missing out. The starter is used to raise a simple & light quick bread.

I took my one bag of the starter and hugged it and petted it and squeezed it and named him George. Oh wait, that is something else. My 10 days are over. I will give the starter one more feeding and then divide it up so I can take the bags to my friends at Parenting With Purpose (my Sunday school class). I also baked my bread.

Below is a recipe I pulled from the Internet. I will give this recipe with the starter when I give it to my 3 friends. (I think I have more than 3 friends, but it is not confirmed.)

Amish Friendship Bread is not just a delicious and sweet bread, it's also a way to bond friends by sharing countless loaves of bread baked in different kitchens - and it all began from the same bowl of simple ingredients. Choose a few friends and start this wonderful tradition; they'll thank you for it!

Important Notes:
Do not refrigerate.
Avoid metal during the 10 day feeding period. No metal bowls or spoons until bake day.
If air gets in the bag, let it out. It's normal for the batter to rise and bubble as it ferments.

Amish Friendship Bread Schedule

Day 1 - Receive your starter. Nothing to do.
Day 2 - Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 3 - Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 4 - Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 5 - Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 6 - 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 - Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Create bags for your friends by putting 1 cup of the starter into new bags. Write today's date on the bag. You should have 3 bags, but don't be surprised if you have more. Reserve 1 cup for you to bake. When you give the bags to your friends be sure to give them these instructions.

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Prepare your loaf pans by greasing them with butter and sprinkling sugar to coat the pans. Combine in a medium bowl:
2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup starter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 large box of vanilla instant pudding
(optional) 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts.

Mix by hand until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans. An option is to sprinkle a mixture of brown sugar & cinnamon on the batter before baking it. Bake at 325° F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.

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