April 12, 2012

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe


Walking into a bakery, where fresh loaves of bread are made has to be one of most satisfying experiences for all five senses ever.  I remember taking this photo at a French boulangerie, and it just brought me home.  Not home as in New York but something deeper within myself.  It’s intangible and yet so comforting.  Food, cooking, baking does that, doesn’t it? 

It reminded me of a girlfriend, who once told me that she was making Amish Friendship bread from a starter that a friend gave her.  It sits out on the counter for 10 days, and does its thing all by itself until the oven provides the finishing touch.  I loved the sharing aspect – you make four cups of starter bread ingredients – three cups go to friends, who can follow the directions and make their own loaves of bread, and the fourth cup stays with you to make your own loaf.  And those three friends will give to their three friends, and so on.  If someone hasn’t given you starter bread, you will be the first to begin the Friendship bread “chain.”

Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Important: Use plastic or wood utensils, and plastic or glass containers.  Do not use any metal.

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)

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. 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.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a clean cloth at room temperature, and let stand until bubbly.
4. You have now made the starter, and will consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.  Follow the ingredients and directions below.

Now making the bread.

Amish Friendship Bread recipe
(Makes 2 loaves)

4 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups white sugar
2 cups milk
2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Day 1 – Make the starter or if you received the starter from a friend
Day 2 – stir
Day 3 – stir
Day 4 – stir
Day 5 - Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
Day 6 – stir
Day 7 – stir
Day 8 – stir
Day 9 – stir
Day 10 - Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the recipe for baking the bread.

After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:

2/3 cup oil (try vegetable oil)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

- Using a fork, beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).
- Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans.


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I've never heard of this but FUN!

I think this is terrific. What a great idea.

Awesome post. LOVE IT!

I've never heard of friendship bread but it's a very nice way to slow down and share a little.

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