Amish Friendship Bread

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Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » April 25th, 2014, 8:56 pm

The Starter:

Please note: Do not use any type of metal - Spoons or bowls for mixing.

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 below.

Enjoy and have fun!

To use, share and keep it going:

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 when given 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.
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby lindawing » April 25th, 2014, 9:08 pm

This is always so good!!!
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » April 25th, 2014, 9:20 pm

After my Birthday/Mother's Day, I want to make a starter and share the pkgs with my neighbors. I should start one and time it so that I can share with my Daughter and Daughter-in-Law when they are here for that weekend. I think I have time if I get it started soon. Then I can start a new round for the neighbors. :uhhuh:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby lindawing » April 25th, 2014, 9:56 pm

That sounds like a great plan, Melody! :joy:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » April 25th, 2014, 10:07 pm

:friends:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby ukpoppyberry » April 27th, 2014, 3:52 pm

Wow...you need patience for that bread! I'll bet it's gorgeous and well worth the wait though ;-) I remember my mum making friendship cakes with a similar method which were really amazing!
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby lindawing » April 27th, 2014, 6:01 pm

Once you get the starter going, though, if you use it all the time, you can actually just keep making sourdough bread, pancakes, or whatever, which is SO healthy!
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » April 27th, 2014, 6:57 pm

That's a really good idea Linda!! :joy: :friends:

Lisa - cakes sound lovely! :uhhuh:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby ukpoppyberry » April 30th, 2014, 5:19 pm

I do wonder if this is just very similar to the cake my Mum used to make, I'll have to see if she still has a recipe.
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » April 30th, 2014, 5:28 pm

:doh: I forgot to add the ingredients I need for this to my grocery list!! :doh:

Lisa - it could be!! Let us know, because I thought I saw a recipe for a type of cake from this mixture, but I don't remember where!! :friends:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby ukpoppyberry » April 30th, 2014, 9:21 pm

My Mum is going to have a look to see if she still has it, however I found this online which sounds very similar to what my Mum used to make, this is a photo I found online that looks like what I remember, the topping was absolutely gorgeous, which I think must come about with the sprinkling of sugar and butter on top. Not the best diet talk :doh: In looking at the recipe it seems very similar to your one Melody, seems there are a lot of variations.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2148 ... dship-cake
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby lindawing » April 30th, 2014, 10:57 pm

That's exactly the same principle. :uhhuh: I've done that with the topping...so yummy! Another great thing is to add chopped apples and/or nuts. Mmm!!!
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby MelodyOkie » May 1st, 2014, 2:25 am

Looks very good!! A small slice spread with Cream Cheese would be a nice treat!! :uhhuh: :friends:
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby lindawing » May 1st, 2014, 2:28 am

Oh, yum!!!
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Re: Amish Friendship Bread

Postby ukpoppyberry » May 1st, 2014, 10:48 am

I am going to give it a try, it's a good thing it won't be ready for 10-11 days, hopefully by then I've lost a bit more weight :rotfl:
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