While I despise chain letters/texts/emails, I adore this bread which is much like a chain letter. The idea is to receive a cup of starter from a friend. Then for 10 days you tend to your starter, adding flour, sugar and milk periodically. On the 10th day you use 1 cup of starter to make your own 2 loaves of amazingness, and put the remaining starter in 1 cup portions into new bags (keep 1 for yourself and share the remaining starters with friends).
As I was looking through my recipe book a few weeks ago I saw my recipe for friendship bread, but I didn’t have a starter in the freezer or anyone to give me a starter. Luckily, I had a recipe to make my own starter. I hope to have this starter for many years, and for it to find homes with friends through the years. So after 10 days of waiting, I was finally able to make my friendship bread.
Amish Friendship Bread is a sweet bread. It doesn’t make a traditional bread “dough” but rather a batter similar to banana bread. After separating out the starter simply add all the ingredients into a large bowl and combine (my KitchenAid made quick work of this). Next, mix up your cinnamon-sugar topping. Grease 2 loaf pans, dust the pans with the cinnamon-sugar and pour in your batter. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar topping evenly on top of the batter in both pans. Bake for 1 hour. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack.
Here is the link to the recipe and directions for taking care of the starter. If you give someone the starter include this printout so they have the directions. (Amish Friendship Bread Recipe) Also, check out how to make your own pudding mix here! Kiss the store-bought mixes goodbye!
Amish Friendship Bread
Ingredients1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup Oil
½ cup Milk
1 cup Sugar
½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
2 cups Flour
1 Large Box of Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix ingredients together.
- Grease 2 large loaf pans, pour batter into pans and top with cinnamon-sugar.
- Bake for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean.
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