Amish Friendship Bread is a tasty dessert bread that goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. It is made from a starter that is meant to be shared. It takes 10 days for the starter to be ready to be used to make the bread. Here is the starter recipe:
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
Day 1: soften yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water, set aside for 5 minutes. Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk. Stir in yeast. I put mine in a ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator.
Day 2-4: Stir or squeeze once a day.
Day 5: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk to the mixture. Stir.
Day 6-9: Stir or squeeze once a day.
This is what the starter looks like on day 10.
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.
Mix well and add to starter mixture. Remove 3 cups and give 1 cup each to 3 friends. Save 1 cup of starter for yourself to make bread. The remaining starter is used to start the 10 day process over.
Amish Friendship Bread
Note: Be sure to use a non-metal bowl and non-metal utensils when making this recipe.
Add 1 cup of starter mixture.
Add 1 cup sugar and 2 cups flour
Add 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla and 2/3 cup vegetable oil.
Add 3 eggs, beaten (I always beat my eggs before adding them to anything.)
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Batter will be thick.
Spray 2 bread pans with cooking spray. Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.
This bread can also be frozen after it is baked and cooled. It makes great housewarming or Christmas gifts, especially if made in the mini loaf pans. It could also be made in muffin tins as well. Be creative!!