I like to think of this as Facebook for the Amish. But it takes 10 days before you can add more friends.
Friendship Bread is made from a starter, and by the time you make the bread 10 days later, you have 3 bread starters to pass along to friends. I was given a starter a few weeks ago, and we had fun making and eating the bread. Be warned, though, it’s very sweet!
Supposedly, only the Amish know the recipe for the starter. However, one of them must have posted it here, because this is the starter recipe that goes along with the exact bread recipe that I have. I’m also wondering if they really use instant pudding mix. 🙂
Here’s the bread recipe, after you have the starter:
DO NOT use any type of metal spoons or bowl for mixing and DO NOT refrigerate the batter. It is normal for batter to rise, bubble, and ferment. If air gets in the bag, just let it out.
- Days 1-5: Mush the bag
- Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk; mush the bag to mix
- Days 7-9 Mush the bag
- Day 10: Make the bread:
Pour contents into bowl and add:
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup milk
Mix well, then measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into gallon plastic storage bags. (Keep one bag for yourself and give to 3 friends along with a copy of this recipe.)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To the remaining batter in the bowl add:
- 1 cup oil (or substitute with applesauce)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
Grease 2 large loaf pans or pans for 2 dozen muffins. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour for loaves and 30 minutes for muffins.
Options: add 1 cup nuts or raisins; for sugar topping, mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half this mixture, then sprinkle evenly over batter.
This is a fun bread to make with kids, as kids of any age can “mush” the batter. Even infants. 🙂 This is from waaay back when Hana Kate was only 7 weeks old. Yeah, 2 weeks ago.
They’ll also probably enjoy the “anticipation,” though 10 days might become a bit long for them!.