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Web's Best Recipe Amish Friendship Bread

This Amish Friendship Bread recipe makes a sweet yeast bread that you make from a starter. Either you are given the starter by a friend, or you make your own. Once you have a batch of starter underway, you will want to pass along the goodness by giving your friends a batch of starter for themselves.

Tip: Do not use metal bowls or metal utensils when working with Amish friendship bread dough. Use ceramic or plastic bowls and wooden or plastic utensils.

Recipe Amish Friendship Bread Starter

1 pk yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup warm milk

Amish Friendship Bread Starter Food

This takes ten days before it is ready to use.

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk

Day One: In a small bowl, soften yeast in water for 10 minutes. Stir well. In a 2- quart bowl, combine flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will lump when the milk is added. Slowly stir in warm milk and softened yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Refrigerate.

Days 2,3, and 4: Stir.

Day 5: Prepare starter food. Blend flour and sugar in a small bowl; slowly mix in milk. Stir starter food into starter mixture. Refrigerate.

Day 6, 7, 8, and 9: Stir.

Day 10: Feed again.

Now you have four choices: You can: 1. Return the starter to the refrigerator, or
2. Remove some for baking, and return the rest to the refrigerator. (Continue the ten-day cycle, feeding as above). Or,
3. Measure out amounts of one cup to give to friends (along with directions for feeding), or
4. Freeze your starter. Allow three hours to thaw out before using.

Tip: Do not allow your recipe Amish friendship bread starter to drop below one cup. For more starter, feed it more often. For less starter, cut the food in half for one feeding.

Recipe Amish Friendship Bread

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread starter, room temperature and bubbly
2/3 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Optional: Add raisins, grated carrots, nuts and dried fruit as desired.

cover Tip: A good grater, like the Oxo Good Grips Box Grater will make your life a lot easier.

Combine ingredients. Pour the batter into 2 greased loaf pans, 8 x 3 x 2 inches each. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until dry.

Enjoy baking and eating your recipe for Amish friendship bread.

Check the links at the bottom for other useful recipes and ingredients.


The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family. This book contains more recipe Amish Friendship Bread.

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