A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. ~Proverbs 18:24
Amish Friendship Bread
Always a fun way to make new friends, or welcome new neighbors or a new sister to the ward.
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 3 cups white sugar, divided
- 3 cups milk
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass,
plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly
stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day
cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
- On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup
milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
- Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread,
give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in
a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).
Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One, and thus ignore step 1 in this recipe and proceed with step
2. You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature
to thaw before using.
Recipe to use your starter, if you'd like:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Sift together
flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the Amish Friendship Starter, eggs, oil and vanilla. Gradually
stir in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Finally stir in the chopped nuts and apples. Divide the batter evenly between
the two prepared pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf
comes out clean.
Recipes from http://www.allrecipes.com Find more recipes to use your starter here as well.