Just recently I had a neighbor give me a baggie filled with… Amish Friendship Bread Starter! Awesome 🙂 I have been wanting starter for a long time and I really did not want to make it myself… I wanted to actually get it from someone. I have no clue how long this batch of starter has been going, but I hope its a while 🙂 Gives it more character!!
If you would like to have your own Amish Friendship Bread Starter, but do not have a friend to get it from… Start your own here and begin sharing it with your friends!! Carefully though… As you do it and you give it to your friends, eventually they’ll all have starter and will not need anymore.
Now I guess you’ll need the 10 day instructions for your starter… I’ll go ahead and put them directly onto this page. This is the exact set of directions I received form my neighbor.
NOTE: Do not refrigerate starter. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment. If air gets in the bag, let it out.
Day 1: Do nothing.
Day 2: Mash the bag.
Day 3: Mash the bag.
Day 4: Mash the bag.
Day 5: Mash the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.
Day 7: Mash the bag.
Day 8: Mash the bag.
Day 9: Mash the bag.
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
Pour the entire bag into a nonmetal bowl.
Add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk.
Measure out equal portions of 1 cup each into 4 1-gallon Ziploc bags. *Most people will end up with 4-7 portions depending on how active your starter has been, especially if you made your starter from scratch.*
Keep one of the bags for yourself (or leave it in the mixing bowl if you plan to bake right away), and give the other bags to friends along with the recipe.
REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking in 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift.
Should this recipe not be passed onto a friend on the first day, make sure to tell them which day it is when you present it to them.
The Recipe: (There are more recipes under the recipe tab)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. To the remaining batter in a bowl add the following:
a. 3 eggs
b. 1 cup oil
c. 1/2 cup milk
d. 1 cup sugar
e. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
f. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
g. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
h. 1/2 teaspoon salt
i. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
j. 2 cups flour
k. 1-2 boxes instant pudding (any flavor)
i. Optional: 1 cup nuts and 1 cup raisins
3. Grease 2 large loaf pans
a. In a bowl mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
b. Dust the greased pans with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on the top.
5. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Not only was I given a bag of starter and a printout of these directions, I also searched online for more recipes. I really did not think that there could only be the one recipe to use this batter, so I found the Friendship Bread Kitchen. It has a wealth of information telling all about Amish Friendship Bread and LOADS of recipes to use.