Amish Friendship Starter For Bread
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- Amish Friendship Bread
- 1-cup starter
- 2/3-cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- For the starter:
- Combine the ingredients in a large deep glass or plastic container.
- Cover lightly. If the container has a lid, leave it slightly ajar or
- place a piece of cheesecloth over the container and secure with a
- rubberband. Store at room temperature.
- Stir every day for 17 days.
- On day 18 do nothing.
- On days 19, 20 and 21 stir.
- On day 22, stir and add 1cup of flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
- Stir again.
- On days 23, 24, 25, and 26 stir.
- On day 27 add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Stir.
- You should now have about 4 cups of starter. Give 2 friends each 1 cup
- and keep 2 cups for yourself. Use 1 of the two cups in the Amish
- Friendship Bread recipe and use the other to keep the starter going.
- When you give the starter away, include these instructions:
- Keeping a starter going: Do not refrigerate and do not use a metal
- spoon when stirring the starter.
- On day 1 (the day you receive the starter), do nothing,
- On days 2, 3 and 4 stir.
- On day 5 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and cup milk. Pour mixture
- into large glass mixing bowl; cover lightly. The mixture will rise.
- On days 6, 7, 8, and 9 stir.
- On day 10 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir.
- Give 2 friends each 1 cup. Keep for yourself 1 cup to make Friendship
- Bread and one cup to keep the starter going.
- For the Friendship Bread:
- Use the recipe above and add your choice of raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, apples, dates, coconut etc.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place batter in 1 or 2 well greased and sugared 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Use 2 if you add alot of things to batter & it fills the pan over half full. Bake at 350*F for 45-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan
When I was growing up this was passed around in our church. Everytime we had dinner on the ground, we'd have lots of friendship bread, & not one the same!! All good with it's own tastes. My Grandmother Clouse gave me this recipe & a cup of starter when I was 15, for my first loaf. I don't have her starter anymore, that was in 1971. But here you can start your own starter. Enjoy!