Please note the following:
1. Do not refrigerate.
2. If air is inside the bag, let it out (“Burp” the bag as necessary).
3. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment.
Servings: 2 loavesPrep Time: 10 days Cook Time: 1 hour
Amish Friendship Bread Starter from a friend or Start Your Own
Day 1: Do nothing.
Day 2 – 5: Mash the bag once a day.
Day 6: Add to the bag – 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.
Day 7 – 9: Mash the bag once a day.
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups milk. Combine mixture. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into four gallon-sized Ziploc bags. Keep starter for yourself and give another to 3 friends along with a copy of this recipe.
Note: If you keep a starter, you will be baking bread every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Should this recipe not be passed on to a friend on the first day, be sure to tell the friend which day the bag is at when you present it to them.
Note: You can freeze the starter you keep for yourself. When you pull it from the freezer, thaw, and start with Day 1.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. To the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 cups self-rising flour (see note below for using all-purpose flour)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 large box vanilla instant pudding (fat free and sugar free work well also)
1 cup raisins and/or chopped nuts, optional
1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla extract
If you are using all purpose flour, then add:
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3. Grease or butter 2 large loaf pans (9×13 cake pan also works well). In a bowl mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with 1/2 mixture.
4. Pour batter evenly into pans. Sprinkle rest of the sugar mixture on top.
5. Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens evenly from sides of the pans. Turn onto plate and enjoy!
Other variations include:
Lemon pudding mix and white chocolate chips.
Chocolate pudding, chocolate chips and nuts.
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