Amish Friendship Bread

May 13, 2009

I received an Amish Friend Bread a few days ago. The concept is sort of a food chain letter. You receive a starter that has to be cared for for ten days, then before you cook it you create 4 new starters. It appears to be more like a cake than “bread.” It’s quite delicious! I’ll share the instruction here:

* DO not use metal spoon or bowl for mixing
* DO not refrigerate
* Open the bag daily to release air

Day 1 – Do nothing
Day 2 – Mash Bag
Day 3 – Mash Bag
Day 4 – Mash Bag
Day 5 – Mash Bag
Day 6 – Mash Bag. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash again.
Day 7 – Mash Bag
Day 8 – Mash Bag
Day 9 – Mash Bag
Day 10 – Divide and bake.

Instructions for Divide:
1. Pour all contents of bag into NON-METAL bowl. Add:
1.5 cups flour, 1.5 cups sugar, 1.5 cups milk
2. Measure 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 4 zip lock bags (1 gallon)
3. Distribute to friends.

Baking Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Add
 3 eggs
 1 cup veg. oil
 1/5 cup milk
 1 cup sugar
 1 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 of instant vanilla pudding
Using a fork beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).
3. Grease 2 large (or three small) loaf pans. Mix an additional 1/4 cup sugar and 1.5 tsp cinnamon in separate bowl. Dust greased pans with half the mixture.
4. Pour batter into pans and then sprinkle sugar on top
5. Bake 1 hour.

Don’t have anyone to give the starter to? Here’s a tip: Just divide all of the starter (before “divide” step) in half and make two batches.

You can start your own Amish Friendship Bread starter:
Instructions and recipe for starter.
Starter Recipe
Story and variations

By levanah