A couple weeks ago, my husband came home from work and handed me a slip of paper and a Ziploc bag full of batter. He told me it was Amish Friendship Bread, and that he’d gotten it from a friend at work. I’d never heard of Amish Friendship Bread, so I was intrigued, especially when he told me that I needed to be sure to open the bag every few days to keep it from exploding.
I did some research, and it turns out that there are several recipes for Amish Friendship Bread, but the concept is basically the same – you receive a starter from a friend, follow the directions, and then after ten days divide the starter, giving a portion to three friends and keeping one for yourself to bake two loaves of bread.
I made our bread on Saturday, making one loaf of plain bread and one loaf with chocolate chips added. They were both incredible. So incredible, in fact, that by Monday night there was none left.
Amish Friendship Bread
1/2 cup milk
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
Grease two bread pans and dust them with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Pour the batter evenly into the bread pans and sprinkle a bit more cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.
Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
If you are interested in making a starter of your own, it is really easy.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 package active dry yeast
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass or plastic bowl, using a wooden spoon. Divide into four portions, giving three portions to friends and keeping one for yourself. Follow the directions as outlined above.