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December 09, 2004

Amish Friendship Bread

One of the gifts we're sharing with friends this year is Amish Friendship Bread. I started my starter a couple of weeks ago and baked the first batch tonight.

We give the bread as gifts but don't pass the starter along with it. My son calls that a Fatty Food Chain Letter. I hate it when people give me gifts with work or expectation attached. I've killed almost every house plant I was ever given. The others were eaten by and almost killed the cats.

Here's the recipe.

(When you start it fresh, begin on day 6. Do days 7-10 but do not bake. Then begin with the starter you've just made and go through days 1-10 and bake on the 10th day. I don't make mine in a ziplock bag. I always use a plastic butter bowl and stir. Just don't stir with a metal spoon.)

DO NOT USE METAL SPOON OR BOWL FOR MIXING
DO NOT REFRIGERATE
IF AIR BUILDS UP IN THE BAG LET IT OUT
BATTER WILL THICKEN, BUBBLE, AND FERMENT


Day 1: This is the day you receive the batter ~ Do Nothing

Days 2 - 5: Squeeze the bag

Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk

Days 7 - 9: Squeeze the bag

Day 10: combine in a large bowl, the batter, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Mix with wooden spoon or spatula. Pour 4 - 1 cup starters in gallon sized zip lock bags. Keep 1 starter for yourself. Give the other three starters to your friends, along with these instructions. To the remaining batter in the bowl, ADD:

1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Large box vanilla instant pudding
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans

Pour into well greased and sugared little loaf pans. Bake at 325F for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Posted by Angi at December 9, 2004 12:23 AM

Comments

One year I made several dozen loaves of AFB for Christmas gifts using different flavors of pudding. Each family received 6 differently flavored loaves. My sister's SO commented recently that was his all time favorite gift. I no longer have the starter and kinda sorta wish I did. I guess I could use a sour dough starter...

Posted by: Cathy at December 15, 2004 08:59 AM