Amish Friendship Bread with Starter

Starter Ingredients:
  • 1 25 oz. package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° F)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar, divided use
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided use
  • 3 cups warm milk (110° F), divided use
Friendship Bread Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (6-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup starter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract image placeholder

To make starter, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir together (using a non-metallic spoon) 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk in a non-metallic bowl or container. Add yeast mixture and stir.

Day 1: Do nothing; it has been stirred.

Days 2, 3 and 4: Stir.

Day 5: Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour.

Days 6, 7, 8 and 9: Stir.

Day 10: Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and stir. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give three cups to friends along with the recipe.

Store the remaining starter in a container in the refrigerator and begin the 10 day process over again. You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

To make Friendship Bread, whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda; set aside. In large mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients, mixing well. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing only until just combined; do not over mix.

Pour into two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° F for 50 to 60 minutes. For variations, add your favorite dried fruits, nuts and/ or chocolate chips.

Makes 2 loaves
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