Monday, January 25, 2010

Amish Cinnamon Friendship Bread...YUM!


My friend Dacia gave me a bag of friendship bread and the recipe to go with it and it's been laying on the counter for the past week and a half getting a squeeze every time one of the kids notices it and today was the big day to bake the bread. OHHHHHH, it's really yummy and so moist! Do you have any friendship bread recipes that you love. I had not done friendship bread in YEARS I'm talking like 10 yrs...something I just forgot about I guess. Anyway who wants a starter of friendship bread??? Let me know and I will bring some over!

AMISH FRIENDSHIP STARTER
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk
1 c. flour
Combine ingredients in a large, deep glass or plastic container. Cover lightly. If the container has a lid, leave it slightly open, or place a piece of cheesecloth over the container and secure it with a rubber band. Store at room temperature. Stir every day for 17 days. On the 18th day do nothing. On the 19, 20 and 21, stir. On day 22 stir and add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir again. On days 23, 24, 25 and 26 stir. On day 27, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and 1 cup sugar. Stir. You should have about 4 cups starter. Give 1 cup each to two friends and keep the remaining two cups for yourself.

Use one in Amish Friendship Bread recipe (which follows) and use the other to keep the starter going. When you give away the starter, include these instructions. How to keep a starter going: Do not refrigerate and do not use a metal spoon when stirring. On day 1 (the day you receive you starter) do nothing. Days, 2 3, and 4, stir. On day 5, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Pour mixture into large glass mixing bowl; cover lightly. Mixture will rise. On days, 6, 7, 8 and 9, stir. On day 10, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk and stir. Give 1 cup each to two friends, keeping one cup to make the bread and one cup for your starter.


AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD:
1 c. Amish friendship starter (from above recipe)
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c milk
1 lg box instant pudding...any flavor but we used vanilla

If you want you can add 1/2 cup raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, dates, apples, etc. (of your choice)
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place batter in a well greased and sugared 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. They also make great muffin (we made muffins and bread)
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