Monday, March 16, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

This has been the most fun!!! I got a "starter" from one of my husband's co-workers several weeks ago, and have been baking delicious bread every 10 days ever since!!! After I made my first batch, I kept a bag for myself, so I could make more 10 days later. The first batch, I made the original Friendship bread from the recipe, with the cinnamon sugar topping. It's moist, sweet and oh-so good!! Then, I saw a post on How To Eat A Cupcake- she had gotten a starter, too!! She made hers, but did some variations on her bread. She made a lemon blueberry that is SO good, I made that one on my second go 'round. I found a very informative site that gives the instructions, LOTS of variations, and you can purchase a starter from them if you can't find anyone to give you one.
(precious 3-year old NOT included!)If you want one, I have 2 right now, and will have 3 more in 10 days. Email me at icooktexasATgmailDOTCOM with your address and I will send you one.
On Day 10, you bake the bread and separate it out to give to 3
(or 4 if you don't keep one for yourself) of your friends.
Add milk, flour and sugar to the batter from your bag. Put it in a glass bowl. No metal.
Using one gallon bags, label each bag with the days so your friend will know what day they are on. I label mine with Day 1, Day 6, and Day 10.
Day 6 you add ingredients, and Day 10 you bake it.
Take one cup of the batter,
and pour it in the bag. I keep one for myself, so I can make more bread,
and give the other 3 away.
With the batter that is left after dividing it into 4 bags, add the ingredients per your instructions.
This is where it gets fun. The original recipe calls for box of vanilla pudding and cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top. We made it that way the first time, then we have been mixing it up since then! I used lemon pudding and a carton of blueberries for the lemon blueberry bread,
and today, my daughter suggested chocolate chips. I tossed them in flour, so they won't sink to the bottom of the bread,
and added them to the batter.
You can use one bundt pan or two loaf pans.
Bake for 1 hour- 1 hour and 15 min. at 325.
It's so good, y'all! A nice, moist, sweet bread that is great for a snack or for breakfast! I got it out of the pan a little early, so I could get pictures for you. I even spread a little butter on a warm piece and ate it for you. Just so I could tell you that-it's heaven, people.


How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Isn't it delicious!! When it came time to make my second batch, I only added 1 cup of the ingredients, and that gave me only 3 bags of starter. Then I froze them all to KEEP for myself! Muahahaha! :P

Donna Root said...

OK, I love the Amish bread and have had a starter in the past and enjoyed making it. However, my comment is not about the bread but about your little cutie holding the bag of starter. She looks so much like Caitlin and Sydney did when they were little! Amazing!

jennifer said...

I can't wait to get my starter! Looks like you can do so much with it!

Rachel Kerbel said...

ok-wait. those cupcake pops look soooooo good! and even better they are adorable! you did a great job- I know everyone was impressed:) good job girl!

Amanda said...

My sister always makes her amish bread in a 9 by 13 pyrex dish. You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar to give it more of a cake feel, since it really is very sweet. I think it would be good with diced apples and cinnamon.

Leanne said...

OMG!! You are soooo right. She poses just like me. Oh man, I guess I am to blame for that one. Thanks dedective Ballard for solving that one. I am going to have to find a new way to pose.

Brenda said...

I just made my first batch using the original directions - but now want to try chocolate chip - I was thinking that I could mix cocoa powder and sugar to line the pan and sprinkle on top - do you think that would work? Also, I used white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and realized as I was mixing I didn't have baking powder - it tasted awesome and it wasn't flat - just yummy sweet, moist bread!

icook said...

Brenda- I'm glad your original batch came out so good!! The cocoa powder and sugar sound great, be sure to use plenty- cocoa powder is NOT sweet at all!!!

Amanda- great idea on the apples and cinnamon... and powdered sugar would be great, too!!

I am getting another starter today (hopefully!!), and I can't wait to make more!!

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