Sunday, December 25, 2016

Amish Friendship Bread

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Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared  with friends. Everyone asks for this recipe
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4¾ cups sugar
  • 3½ cups milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or ½ cup vegetable oil and ½ cup applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  1. To prepare starter: Place 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Seal bag and knead mixture until well combined. Let stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. For the next 4 days, continue kneading mixture once a day; keep at room temperature.
  3. On the sixth day add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk to bag. Seal and knead to combine; let stand at room temperature overnight.
  4. For the next 3 days, knead mixture twice a day.
  5. On the 10th day, transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk; mix until well combined. Measure 1 cup of the mixture into each of 3 resealable plastic bags. Seal plastic bags and give each bag of starter mixture to a friend to make their own friendship bread
  6. (When you pass the starter on to a friend, make sure they understand that they will need to follow the instructions beginning at STEP 2)
  7. To make bread: Preheat oven to 330 degrees. Add oil to bowl with remaining starter mixture along with eggs, remaining ½ cup milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined; set aside.
  8. In another large bowl, mix together remaining 2 cups flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt, baking soda, pudding, and nuts, if desired. Add dry ingredients to starter mixture and stir until well combined. Divide batter evenly between two 8-by-4-by-2½-inch loaf pans.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together remaining ¾ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over batter. Transfer to oven and bake for 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
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