Amish Friendship Bread
Do NOT use a metal spoon!
Do NOT refrigerate!
If you’ve already got a ‘starter’ batch, you can skip this part (between the lines), which is only if you want to start your own from nothing.
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will get lumpy when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a wooden spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with Day 2).
If you already have Amish Bread starter, use the instructions below.
Day 1- Do nothing.
Day 2,3,4 – Stir with wooden spoon.
Day 5 – Place in a larger container with top and add: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk – Stir with wooden spoon.
Day 6,7,8,9 – Stir with wooden spoon.
Day 10 – Do same as Day 5 (add ingredients) then separate into four (4), 1 cup portions. Give three (3) away to friends with these instructions.
To remaining batch add:
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinammon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Pour into two (2) greased and sugared loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
To make a differnt version: (all measures approximate)
This will take longer to bake. Add:
2 large carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup coconut