Amish Friendship Bread Starter and Recipe!

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Amish Friendship Bread Starter and Recipe!

Have you tried Amish friendship bread before? Amish friendship bread is super yummy! It is a sweet and super soft dessert bread that uses a start that can last forever. I'll show you how to get it started and how to mix it into bread.

Here's how to make the starter. 

Do not use any metal bowls or utensils for the starter. It will sit on your counter fermenting for days. Once you make the starter, just keep it going and you'll never have to make it again!

You will need: 

 1/4 C Warm Water
 3 Tablespoons of dry active yeast
 1 cup flour
 1 cup sugar
 1 cup milk
Let the warm water and yeast work together for 10 minutes. Then add to the other ingredients.
Once it is all mixed, it's ready to place in a gallon size zipper bag.
Label it with the date. Then set it on the counter and wait!

Over the next 10 days here's what you will do:

 Day 2-Day 5: Just squish and mash the bag...don't open it or anything.  Just a minute of squishing.

 On Day 6: Open the bag and add 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of flour. Then zip it shut and squish it until mixed.

 Day 7-9: Just squish the bag again.
On day 10: Pour out the contents into a non metal bowl.
Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk.
Mix it up!

Then add 1 cup scoops into gallon size zipper bags. (I had 5 cups of starter, so it made 4 bags of 1 cup servings...the last cup is to bake with) Label with the date.  (yes, I was one day behind...oh well)

 At this point, you can deliver the starters to neighbors or friends with the printable instructions below. They can make their own...and keep one for yourself to continue!

If this is overwhelming, at day 10 you can FREEZE your bag and pull it out when you are ready to bake!  It's great to keep on hand!

Next let's bake the Amish Sweet Bread! 

Add 1 cup of starter    
3 eggs    
1 cup oil    
½ cup milk    
1 cup sugar    
2 teaspoons cinnamon
 ½ teaspoon vanilla    
1½ teaspoon baking powder    
½ teaspoon salt    
½ teaspoon baking soda    
2 cups flour
2 small boxes of Vanilla Pudding
1 cup nuts or dried fruit (optional)
Mix it all together to make a cake-batter-like dough!

Next, pour into 2 loaf pans or one bundt. 

Grease the pans and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar (1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon)
In a bundt, the bottom of the pan is the top of the bread.  So once you grease and coat the inside, dump the rest of the cinnamon and sugar inside. If you are doing loafs, save the rest to sprinkle on the top of the dough.
Then pour in your dough! Bake it for 1 hour in a 350*F oven.

Let it cool off a few minutes, then cut it up and enjoy!

So soft and warm and yummy!

Here's the schedule and instructions to print out for friends to follow! Right click to save off, personal use only.

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