Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
- 1/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees
- 1 package active dry yeast* 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk 2% or higher fat
- Pour the warm water into a small glass bowl.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let this stand for 5-8 minutes to allow it to dissolve.
- In a larger glass bowl (or plastic bowl. Don’t use metal bowls or utensils for sourdough), mix together the flour and sugar with a wooden spoon.
- Stir in the milk and then the yeast mixture.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow it to stand until bubbly.
- Once the mixture is bubbly, pour it into a gallon-size zippered plastic bag and seal. Do not refrigerate. Allow the sourdough mixture to sit out at room temperature. This counts as Day 1.
- Day 2: Mash the bag.
- Day 3: Mash the bag.
- Day 4: Mash the bag.
- Day 5: Mash the bag.
- Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, sugar and milk. Mash the bag until it is mixed well.
- Day 7: Mash the bag.
- Day 8: Mash the bag.
- Day 9: Mash the bag.
- Day 10: Pour the sourdough into a glass (or other nonmetal) bowl. Add 1/2 cup each of all-purpose flour, granulated sugar and milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Divide out 1 cup portions of the starter, placing each one-cup portion in separate zippered plastic bags. You’ll get about 4-5 bags.
- Seal the bags, and give the starter away to friends along with the instructions, keeping one for yourself if desired. The starter then goes back to Day 1.
- Keep one starter for yourself.
Amish Friendship Bread
- 1 cup oil
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
- Mix well.
- Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
- Mix ½ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon into a small bowl. Dust the greased pans with half of this cinnamon/sugar mixture.
- Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the batter.
- Bake for 1 hour or until the a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Cool until the bread loosens from the pan evenly and turn onto a serving dish.
*To make muffins, spray two muffin pans with cooking spray. Sprinkle the greased muffin cups with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then without opening the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 13 minutes or until the top of the muffin bounces back when you touch it.