This was THE LONGEST PREP TIME FOR A RECIPE EVER. Fortunately, I received a pre-made starter from a friend that was already 3 days into the 10 day prep. And I STILL think it was the longest time ever. Was it worth it? I’d say so. The bread is incredibly moist and sweet, and the texture and depth is nothing like the quickbreads I usually make. I actually lost count how many days in I was, and some days I even forgot I had the starter. Luckily it all turned out really well, and I was even asked for the recipe. Amish Friendship bread is like a food chain letter, you make a bread starter and pass it along to 3 friends, and they pass it onto 3 friends, and so on. Does anything bad happen when you DON’T pass it to friends? I have yet to find out…
* If you wish to not pass it along to friends and want the correct measurments for 1 batch, do the math yourself. It was hard enough for me to do it, luckily I have a human calculator for a husband.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
*Do not use metal bowl or utensils
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup warm milk (110°F)
1. In small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Place mixture in gallon size zip-lock bag. Consider this day 1 of the cycle.
Mounds Amish Friendship Bread – makes 2 loaves
Day 1 – Do nothing
Day 2 – Squeeze the bag
Day 3 – Squeeze the bag
Day 4 – Squeeze the bag
Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk
Day 6 – Squeeze the bag
Day 7 – Squeeze the bag
Day 8 – Squeeze the bag
Day 9 – Squeeze the bag
Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 1-gallon zip-lock bags, with 1 cup each for 3 of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give to friends with instructions for Day 1 to Day 10.
After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl.
- 1 cup oil
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 5.1oz. box of chocolate pudding
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup milk
- 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup coconut flakes
1) Stir all ingredients by hand until well blended.
2) Grease and lightly flour 2 loaf pans.
3) Bake at 325°F for 1 hour (individual oven temps may vary). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans.