· 1 pkg. active dry yeast
· 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
· 1 cup all-purpose flour
· 1 cup white sugar
· 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 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. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
On Day 5…add to your starter bag:
· 1 cup flour
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 cup milk
Scrunch up the bag once a day for days 5-9 and let sit unrefrigerated.
On Day 10, add the following and mix into a large bowl:
· 1-1/2 cups flour
· 1-1/2 cups sugar
· 1-1/2 cups milk
Once mixed, split into four 1-cup portions and place in a zippered bag. These are the “starters” to give to others so they can start their own traditions. Make sure you make a copy of the recipe for them so they can enjoy this bread.
OK, so now after the four portions have been split up, you have the remaining “starter” left. You will end up with two loafs and you can use a plethora of ingredients to make tasty and unique breads. For this recipe, you will be making “Peanut Butter Cup” Friendship Amish Bread. To this, add the following.
· 3 eggs
· 1 cup canola oil
· ½ cup milk
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 tsp vanilla
· 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
· 1//2 tsp salt
· 2 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 large (5.1 oz) box chocolate instant pudding mix
· 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
· 1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter baking chips
· Cinnamon/sugar mixture (1/2 cup sugar & ½ tsp cinnamon)
1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
2. In your large bowl with remaining starter, mix the above ingredients together until achieving a thick consistency.
3. Lightly grease two large bread pans and dust with half the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
4. Pour batter evenly into the two bread pans and sprinkle remaining sugar on top of each loaf.
5. Bake for one hour or until knife inserted in middle of loafs comes clean.
6. Let sit 10 minutes before removing from bread pans.
The initial starter:
Tradition states that you SHOULD already be given the starter as a gift from a friend. However, if you haven’t received one and want to make your own, here is the recipe for it and maybe you can start your own tradition with friends and family!
This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!