I received this amazing recipe from my sister-in-law, Michelle. I was over at her house the other day making a wedding video for my sister and she had this YUMMY bread sitting there in her kitchen. I kid you not when I say I easily downed half a loaf myself…it was SO good! I asked her for the recipe and she told me it was an “Amish Friendship Bread” that you pass out to your friends and let them finish the starter bag you made for them. I love the entire concept of it! I am not sure where the recipe originates from, but this is the one my sister-in-law gave me and it really is SO GOOD! It has the bread consistency of zucchini or banana bread (really moist) and just the right amount of sweet! I have also included a printable version for you so you can print off some copies and give them out to your friends when you hand out your starters!Have so much fun and pass it along! This is a fun thing to do with neighbors, family, and friends!
You can find a printable version of this recipeto pass out to your friends HERE
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
Do not use any type of metal spoons or bowl for mixing.
Do not refrigerate.
If air gets into the bag, let it out.
It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble, and ferment.
Day 1: Do nothing. This is the date on which you receive the bag. Squish-squash-mush the bag. Make sure the bag is dated!
Day 2: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 3: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 4: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 5: Squish-squash-mush the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag 1 C. flour, 1 C. sugar, 1 C. milk. 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: BAKING DAY! Mix and divide the starter as follows:Pour entire contents of bag into large non-metal bowl and add: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.
Measure out 4 separate batches of the starter batter, 1 cup each, into 4 separate Ziplock bags (one gallon size).
Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of this recipe/instructions.
Pre-heat oven to 325
To the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup Canola oil
- 1/2 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 instant vanilla pudding (about 5.9 oz.)
In a separate bowl, mix together
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Grease or butter 2 large loaf pans. Dust the greased pans with half the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Pour batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the top with remaining sugar mixture.
Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from sides of pan and turn out to serving dish.
If bag isn’t passed on to a friend on the 10th day, be certain to tell recipient which day the bag is at whengiven to them. If you keep a starter bag for yourself, you will be baking every 10 days.
OPTIONS: Add 1C. Chopped nuts or raisins. You can also exchange the Vanilla Pudding for Chocolate Pudding.
SIDE NOTE: This is not in the printable version because they will each receive their own starters, but to start the bread yourself here is the starter recipe you will use to get the Amish Friendship Bread recipe rolling
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.Slowly stir in the warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Pour into a ziplock bag. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 on the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
For the next 10 days, handle the starter according to the instructions above.
Enjoy and have fun!