Amish Friendship Bread
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Has anyone ever had this or gotten a starter of it? I got a starter from a friend. I let it ferment and grow on my counter - feeding it every so often and then in 10 days I get 3 or 4 more starters and I have enough to make 2 loaves. This goes on every 10 days.

Anyone had this? Is it good? Tomorrow I am on day 5 - I feed it - flour, sugar and milk - let sit for another 5 days - feed it again and divide. The bag tonight was about to explode! I have heard it is really good. I will have starters in 5 days.

I have no idea how you make your own starter...
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  Re: Amish Friendship Bread by esgunn (Has anyone ever had ...)
Erin, just last night I pulled this out for my friend! Will post how to make your own starter, how to feed, what to do with it if you don't want to bake/cook with it for a while, and some other recipes you can make with it besides just the bread. Will post shortly!

Here you go, Erin:

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water (110 degrees)
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. warm milk (110 degrees)

STARTER FOOD (every 5 days)
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk

In a small bowl soften yeast in water for about 10 minutes.
Stir well. In a 2 quart glass, plastic, or ceramic
container, combine flour and sugar, mixing thoroughly so
that the flour does not lump when liquid is added. Slowly
stir in warm yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at
room temperature until bubbly. Refrigerate. This is Day 1.

Day 2-4: Stir with a spoon.

Day 5: Blend flour and sugar in a small bowl; slowly mix in
milk and add to starter. Let stand until bubbly. Return to

Day 6-9: Stir.

Day 10 (which becomes day 1 for the next series) : Feed

After day 10 you can take out what you need and then
continue to feed starter according to cycle. This recipe
makes enough for you to give 1 cup starter to 2 friends and
still have enough left to make the Amish Friendship Cake.

NOTE: This starter cane be frozen. Frozen starter will take
at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw and come to
life. Then it behaves like fresh.


2 c. starter, left at room temperature until bubbly
2/3 c. oil
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and sugar two 9 x 5 loaf
pans. Mix together starter, oil, eggs, and sugar. Mix dry
ingredients together and add to starter mixture. Add nuts
and raisins and pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees
for 50-55 minutes or until tester inserted in the center of
the pan comes clean. Cool 10 minutes before turning out on
a rack to cool.


2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup vegetable oil, butter, or Crisco
1 rounded cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown or white sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon buttermilk powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons myer's rum or banana liqueur
1/2 cup [[Amish Friendship Starter]]
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients. Turn out into a well greased and
floured bread loaf pan, flattening the center slightly.

When a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean (about
50 minutes later) remove from oven. Allow to cool for 10
minutes and run a butter knife along side of pan to free
cake. Remove from pan and spread butter on the top of cake,
if desired

  Re: Amish Friendship Bread by esgunn (Has anyone ever had ...)

Has anyone ever had this or gotten a starter of it?

I think that's why they call it "friendship bread," because it really puts your friendships to the test.

Of course, if this concept had been developed in today's YouTube generation, it would be called "viral bread."
If blueberry muffins have blueberries in them, what do vegan muffins have?
  Re: Re: Amish Friendship Bread by labradors ([blockquote]Quote:[h...)
Erin, years ago there was a gal who had a cooking show, Marcia Adams and she cooked (mostly) Amish foods - wonderful dishes!! Here's her Friendship Starter -

2 c a.p. flour
2 c warm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 c milk
2 c a.p. flour
2 c sugar

Day 1: In a glass or ceramic bowl, mix the first 3 starter ingred. thoroughly. Leave on the counter uncovered; don't refrigerate it.

Days 2, 3 & 4: Stir well with wooden spoon

Day 5: Stir and add 1 c milk, 1 c flour & 1 c sugar. This is called 'feeding the starter."

Day 6, 7, & 8: Stir with a wooden spoon

Day 9: Stir and add another 1 c milk, 1 c flour & 1 c sugar. Stir well.

Day 10 & 11: Stir well

Day 12: Ladle 1 c of the starter into each of 4 containers (Marcia's note: I use glass jars with lids) and refrigerate.
Use one to make one of the bread recipes that follow, keep one for your use another time, and give the two others to friends.
Don't forget to include all the recipes (including the starter) for your friends.

You are ready to begin baking. If you do not bake on this day, add 1 tsp. sugar and refrigerate the mixture. The sugar will feed the yeast and keep it alive. Date the jars & every 10 days remove the starter from the refrigerator, transfer it to a bowl, and feed it the usual combination of 1 c each of milk, flour and sugar. Leave it outside the refrigerator uncovered for 2 days, then either bake it or divide it among friends, and alwalys save some for yourself.


I'm assuming you have recipes for the breads?
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  Re: Re: Amish Friendship Bread by cjs (Erin, years ago ther...)
Yes I did this a couple of months ago. It's a wonderful bread, very sweet. I sliced up the loaves and gave them out along with some of the starter and it was well received. I even kept some of the starter and did another batch.

It's a lot of fun
  Re: Re: Amish Friendship Bread by DFen911 (Yes I did this a cou...)
I with Labs, I'd call it Pushing It Bread, cuz while it's making the rounds somebody's always trying to push some off on you. I really didn't like it much, but maybe cuz I prefer savory tastes.
PS after the first one, I didn't let it sit or feed it, I'd just make waffles with it the next day and try hard to avoid getting stuck with anymore of it.
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  Re: Amish Friendship Bread by esgunn (Has anyone ever had ...)
I first had this bread 17 years ago when my daughter was just a little girl. It was one of those recipes that spread like wildfire. We were all making it for months.

Very good bread. Freezes well. Remember that, you'll have bread coming out your eyeballs!
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  Re: Amish Friendship Bread by esgunn (Has anyone ever had ...)
You know, I had never heard of this bread before this post on the forum and today a friend gave me a starter for this. I think it's on day 6 and I have to feed it tonight.

My friend also gave me a baked loaf of the bread and it is really good!
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