I love my friends. I don’t know where I would be without them. I’m not talking about those acquaintances that you see every now and again, although I like them a lot, too. I’m talking about those few girls or guys who you can tell anything to and you know they will have your back.
Those people who you can go months without talking to, but pick right up like you didn’t skip a beat.
Those people who have seen you at your worst, but still stand by your side.
Those people who would do anything fo you, and you wouldn’t hesitate to do the same.
And those friends deserve this bread.
The idea of the starter kind of freaks me out. I mean, you leave milk, flour and sugar sitting on your counter for 10 days? Sounds…uh, not delicious.
But trust me, when you bake up the bread, it has a slightly sourdough taste to it, and the sweet cinnamon sugar flavor is really great. The outside is crunchy, and the inside soft and sweet. I think I have a friend like that. 😉
If you don’t have a friend who already has the starter, you can find instructions on how to make it here. But if you were lucky enough to have a friend give it to you, like I was, you just have to “feed” your starter and let it sit around for a few days. And on the 10th day, you will be able to bake two delicious loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.
Amish Friendship Bread
adapted from this recipe <-also a handy printable to pass along with your starters!
makes 2 loaves
*Do not use any metal bowls or utensils while mixing.
You will need 1 portion of Amish Friendship Bread Starter. Either get this from a friend, or make your own with the recipe linked to above. Follow these instructions:
Day 1: Squish and mush the bag.
Day 2: Squish and mush the bag
Day 3: Squish and mush the bag
Day 4: Squish and mush the bag
Day 5: Squish and mush the bag
Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk to the bag. Squish and mush the bag.
Day 7: Squish and mush the bag
Day 8: Squish and mush the bag
Day 9: Squish and mush the bag
Day 10: Baking day! Pour your starter into a large bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups milk to the starter and mix until well combined.
Scoop out four 1 cup portions of this mixture into new plastic ziplock bags. These are the new starters you will pass on to your friends (or keep)
Add the following ingredients to your bowl:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 large box vanilla instant pudding (Do Amish people really use this? Anyhow…)
- Mix this very well until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Butter 2 loaf pans. (I used metal pans for this because I only have metal loaf pans. My bread turned out fine.)
- Mix together an additional 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle about 1/2 of this mixture in the loaf pans and shake around to coat.
- Divide your batter between the two loaf pans and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
- Let bread cool completely before cutting.
I passed on all my starters, because I didn’t want to make any more bread, but keep one if you would like to continue baking this treat! Also, you can check out this site which gives a bunch of tips on how to reduce the amount of starter you end up with and prolong the life of your starters.