Saturday, June 11, 2011

Amish Cinnamon Bread (A.K.A. Friendship Bread)

I teach 3rd grade. At the end of the school year a student brought me and many other people some yummy Amish Bread. I took it home and ate the whole loaf by myself. The next day I told him I needed the recipe. On the last day of school, he brought me the recipe stapled to this bag of goo! I was so confused, but after reading the instructions found out that you need this starter.  This bag of goo supposedly has been in his family for 10 years. I feel so special.  Here we go!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Day 1     You receive fermenting starter batter in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag—do nothing, but, place it on the counter.  Do not refrigerate.  If air gets into the bag, let it out.  It’s normal for the batter to thicken, bubble and ferment.

Day 2-5  Squeeze the bag several times every day.
Day 6       In medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup white flour, 1 C sugar, and 1 C Milk. Add to the Ziploc bag of starter, and squeeze several times.
Day 7-9 Squeeze bag several times every day.

Day 10   Baking day!  Do not use metal bowls or spoons!
Feed starter one more time by adding 1 C white flour, 1 C sugar, and 1 C milk.  Mix well.  Take out 2 cups starter for your bread batter today and set aside in a larger bowl.  If you’d like to continue making bread, pour ½ cup starter batter into a new 1 gallon Ziploc bag.  (There should be enough to give 4 more bags of 1/c starter batters away to friends with instructions, or make a double batch for yourself)

·         Preheat oven to 325® (Makes 2 loaves)
·         Add the following wet ingredients to 2 C starter batter in large bowl and mix:
1 C oil or (1/3 applesauce +2/3 oil)
1tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
½  C milk
·         Mix the following dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and mix:
2 tsp cinnamon
1 C sugar
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
2 C white flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
·         In small bowl combing 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 TBS sugar. Sprinkle mixture into 2 well greased loaf pans.

·         Mix wet and dry ingredients together and pour batter into 2 prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon &sugar mixture over top. Bake for 1 hour @325®F.
They freeze very well. To freeze, let them cool, wrap in saran wrap, then in aluminum foil before putting in the freezer.

Med. loaves- 30-35 minutes and Mini loaves 25-30 minutes
1 batch makes 2 large and 1 med. Loaf or 4 med. Loaves and 1 large loaf

I read somewhere that the Amish Friendship bread is a lot like a chain letter. You make it and give it away, soon enough your friends will be running away from you when they see you coming with the  goo! Oh it is heavenly though! 

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