Lorna gave me a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter back in October. Since then, I had made three batches of this Amish Friendship Bread and shared them with 9 friends.
This Amish Friendship Bread is more cake like to me. It is moist and taste very good. The only problem with the recipe is that you’ll end up with 4 bags of starter. You’ll have to share 3 bags with your friends if you decide to keep one for yourself. When I took the starter to the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors to share with the seniors, none of them want them. For those who has so much life experiences, at one point of time, they had tried this Amish Friendship Bread and end up with excess starters that they cant give away as many of their friends already have them. So, I’m going to change the recipe a bit so that I’ll end up with only one starter to keep the bread rolling. I hope it works.
To be added to the starter on the 6th day:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk
To be added to the starter on the 10th day:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I’m going to cut this to 1/2 cup to create only 1 starter)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (I’m going to cut this to 1/2 cup to create only 1 starter)
- 1 1/2 cups milk (I’m going to cut this to 1/2 cup to create only 1 starter)
For the bread:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil (or 1/2 cup oil plus 1/2 cup applesauce)
- 1 cup sugar (I reduced this to 1/2 cup)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I leave this for the chocolate marble loaf)
- 1 large box of vanilla instant pudding
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (I used vanilla)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- optional nuts, dates, dried cranberries, raisins, etc)
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (this is my own addition to create a chocolate marble loaf)
For topping (I left this out for my chocolate marble loaf):
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- DO NOT use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing (anyone know why?)
- DO NOT refrigerate
- If air fills the bag, let it out
- It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment
DAY 1: Do nothing – this is the date you receive the batter (or create the Ziploc bag); label the bag with the day 1 date
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 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup milk, then mush the bag well to combine
DAY 7: Mush the bag
DAY 8: Mush the bag
DAY 9: Mush the bag
DAY 10: Follow the instructions below:
|This is the batter on the 10th day. I find that I have to release the air more often after the addition of more ingredients on day 6.|
|Pour the entire contents of the bag into a NON-METALIC bowl.|
|Add 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cup cups granulated sugar and 1 1/2 cups milk.|
|Mix well until no lumps. You can see that the batter is quite runny.|
|Measure out 4 separate batter of 1 cup each into 4 large ziploc bags. Label the bag with the date of the day 1.
* If you follow my formula to create only one starter, then measure out 1 cup of batter and place in a ziploc bag and label with the date of day 1 as a new starter.
You may keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of the recipe. Should this not be presented to them on the first day, be certain to tell them that the date on the bag is day 1.
|Preheat oven to 325F.
Combine the dry ingredients (vanilla instant pudding, baking powder, baking soda, salt and all-purpose flour) in a large bowl and blend well.
|Add oil and sugar to the remaining batter in the NON-METALIC bowl.|
|Add eggs, …|
|…, vanilla extract, …|
|… and flour mixture to the batter. Mix well.
Line two loaf pans with parchment paper or grease them. Divide the batter equally into the loaf pans. For my chocolate marble cake, I left a little batter for mixing with some soften chocolate chips.
If you are adding the topping, mix the brown sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the batter.
|I soften the chocolate chips in a microwave and mix them with a bit of the left over batter in the NON-METALIC bowl.|
|Dollop the chocolaty batter onto the batter and swirl with a chopstick or plastic fork to create the marble effect.|
|Bake the loaves in the 325 preheated oven for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool until the bread loosens from the pan. Turn onto a serving dish. Serve warm or cold.
If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking this Amish Friendship Bread every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to create the starter, so if you give them all away, you will have to wait until someone gives you one back.
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