Amish Friendship Bread Part I

Amish Friendship Bread is a great bread for the holidays. When you’ve made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called “friendship bread”. It makes a great homemade birthday and Christmas present.There are many variations to make this and it will please just about any pallate.

 It seems that gifts from our kitchen are the best gifts off all, especially if they are made with care and given with love. In my opinion, nothing says Merry Christmas better than a homemade gift. For me, because of time constraints, it seems harder and harder to get into the kitchen to make these gifts.  That is why I think they are appreciated even more. Today I thought I would bring you this idea to help you have a old fashioned Merry Christmas, no matter how hectic your schedule is.

Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. If you know someone with a starter, you are in luck. If you don’t here is a recipe for the starter. I got this recipe a few years back from The Virginian Pilot (our local newspaper)

1 pkg Platinum Red Star Yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110°F)
1. In a large plastic zip lock bag, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
. Add to bag 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Remove all air and seal zip lock bag. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle,
Day 1 – receive the starter (the recipe for the starter is above)
Day 2 – smoosh the bag
Day 3 – smoosh the bag
Day 4 – smoosh the bag
Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.
Day 6 – smoosh the bag
Day 7 -smoosh the bag
Day 8 – smoosh the bag
Day 9 -smoosh the bag
Day 10 – Add your starter to your bowl
Add 1 cup flour
 1 cup sugar
 1 cup milk
Mix it all up really good

Divide into 4 bags with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves.

 Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the following recipe for baking the bread. it is located at this link
copy of directions you can print and give to friends

After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:

Amish friendship bread
2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Beat ingredients until well blended.Preheat your oven to 325 degrees

Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.
OR  you can grease one loaf and six muffin tins. Keep the loaf for yourself and give the muffins to your friends with the starter and instructions.

Bake the loaf for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. The muffins take 25-30  minutes.

To make a cake, put the batter in a greased bundt pan and bake at 375 for 1 hour
I made 1 loaf pan and six muffins.