Has anyone done this, Amish friendship bread? I got the starter from a co-worker of mine. I was really excited because I have been wanting to try this for awhile. There are different variations of amish bread but they all start with the “starter”. The recipe I got was for cinnamon bread. The whole thing is a 10 day process. The bread was worth the wait. It makes 2 loafs so I took one to my in-laws and it went pretty quick. I am not much of a baker either, in fact I have had many baking catastrophes. When Hubby tried it he was surprised and said “What happened? It tastes good!” Here is the recipe/instructions:
Amish Cinnamon Bread
DO NOT USE ANY TYPE OF METAL SPOON OR BOWL FOR MIXING. DO NOT REFRIGERATE. If air gets in the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment.
Day 1 Do nothing, Day you get your starter batter (I found a starter recipe, I have not tried it so I don’t know if it will work but it may be worth a try if you don’t have one)
Day 2 Mush Bag
Day 3 Mush Bag
Day 4 Mush Bag
Day 5 Mush Bag
Day 6 Add to Bag
1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk, mush bag
Day 7 Mush Bag
Day 8 Mush Bag
Day 9 Mush Bag
Day 10 Pour entire contents from bag into a NON metal bowl
Add 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 ½ cups of sugar, 1 ½ cups of milk
Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 4 1 gallon Ziploc bags. Keep one starter for yourself and give three to friends along with a copy of this recipe.
With the remaining batter in your bowl, use the following recipe to bake your bread
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Add the remaining ingredients to the batter in your bowl
1 Cup of oil (or ½ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce)
½ Cup milk
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
2 Cups Flour
1 Large box instant vanilla pudding
Grease 2 loaf pans. Mix an additional ½ cup sugar and 1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon. Dust pans with this mixture. Pour batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon over top. Bake for 1 hour (check in 45 mins) Cool until bread loosens from the pans evenly (abt 10 mins.) Turn bread onto serving dish. Serve warm or cold.
If you keep a starter for yourself you will bake every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to create a starter, so if you give them all away you will have to wait until someone gives you one back.