Thursday, February 26, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

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I have made the bread many times now.....It is so good.
starter recipe at bottom if you lose your starter or have no one to get it from.
Yes I know the amish do not use instant pudding...this is a variation recipe, if you google, you will find recipes that do not use it....I like mine with banana pudding and walnuts.
A homemade instant pudding recipe link is at the bottom of this post in case you don't have any on hand.
Also, note: I have made the bread on days 1-5 and it turns out great, in case you are stuck with too many starters, bake it and give to a friend, or neighbor.
Amish Friendship 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 and ferment.
The date lines below can be used to help keep track of the date or day you are at in the process.
Day 1- Do nothing, this is the day you receive the bag, unless told otherwise.
Day 2- Mush the bag
Day 3- Mush the bag
Day 4- Mush the bag
Day 5- Mush the bag
Day 6-Add to the bag: 1 c flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk and mush the bag
Day 7- Mush the bag
Day 8- Mush the bag
Day 9- Mush the bag
Day 10- Mix and divide the starter.
Directions below.
Dividing directions: Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-meal bowl. Add 1½ cups flour, 1½ cups sugar and 1½ cups milk. Mix. Then measure 1 cup of the batter into each of four Ziploc bags. Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 starter bags away with a copy of the recipe instructions.
Note: Starter should be passed to a friend on the 10th day. Be certain to tell the recipient what day the bag is at when you present it to her. If you keep one starter yourself, you will be baking every 10 days.This bread makes a great gift.
Baking Directions: To the remaining batter in the bowl add:3 eggs 1 cup sugar ½ tsp salt1 c oil 2 tsp cinnamon 2 c flour½ c milk 1½ tsp baking powder 1 large or 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding½ tsp vanilla ½ tsp baking sodaPreheat oven to 325°.
Grease two large loaf pans. Mix together and additional ½ c sugar and 1½ tsp cinnamon. Dust greased pans with half of this mixture. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle remaining sugar on top of the batter.
Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from the pan evenly (about 10 min). Turn over onto serving dish. Serve warm or fool.Options: Add 1 cup chopped nuts, raisings or chocolate chips. You can also use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla if you prefer. ( Its really good with banana and walnuts)
If the starter turns green or gets an awful smell discard and start over.It should have a beer like smell, that is normal.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. flour1 c. sugar
1 c. warm milk (110 degrees)
Mix all and divide into one cup portions in Ziploc bags.Follow the directions for the amish friendship bread as it needs to be fed and tended to or it will die.
If it turns green discard and start over.
Instant Pudding Recipe (homemade)

1 comment:

That's my story and I'm sticking to it, at least for now. said...

Pistachio pudding makes a green tinted bread, great for St. Patricks Day.