As most of you know by now, I was recently given a starter for Amish Friendship Bread. Along with the starter, I received two loaves of the bread. One was the original cinnamon bread. The other was a banana variation. They were both delicious, but afte a week of eating them, I knew I wanted to try something different with my starter. I decided to make a chocolate pecan loaf and a lemon blueberry loaf. First, for both of the loaves I substituted apple sauce for half of the oil. I felt like the loaves were almost gummy in texture. It could be because of the applesauce, or it could be that I only baked them for 55 mins instead of 60. Either way, they were still yummy! For the chocolate one, I omitted the cinnamon, replaced the vanilla pudding with sugar-free chocolate fudge pudding, added 3 oz. of chopped bittersweet chocolate, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. This one was my favorite!
For the lemon loaf (made especially with Josh in mind!), I omitted the cinnamon, used sugar-free lemon pudding, added 1 teaspoon of lemon extract, and 1 cup of frozen wild blueberries, thawed and drained. This was Josh's favorite, but I thought that it definitely needed the 5 extra minutes of bake time. The moral of my story is... DEFINITELY bake these puppies for 1 full hour. Then test them and make sure a toothpick comes out clean... NO crumbs! That was my mistake!
If you are interested in getting a starter, leave your e-mail address in a comment or e-mail me. I'll add your name to the list that I'm sending to the 3 girls who got my starters. They'll contact you about sending one of theirs! If you'd like to make your own starter, here's a recipe I found via Google. Below that is the recipe for the Amish Friendship Bread once you already have the starter. For more info about AFB and for variation recipes, click here.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2-quart glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
Amish Friendship Bread
Please note the following:
* Do not use any metal spoons or bowls
* Do not refrigerate
* If air gets in the bag, let it out
* It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment
Day 1: Do nothing, this is the day you receive the batter, the bag is dated
Day 2: Mash the bag
Day 3: Mash the bag
Day 4: Mash the bag
Day 5: Mash the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of cold milk. Mash the bag
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
* Pour entire contents of the bag into a NON-metal bowl
* Add 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 ½ cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of milk
* Write the date on 4 gallon size Ziploc bags
* Measure out 4 separate batters (1 cup each) and put into the 4 Ziploc bags
Keep a bag for yourself and give the other three bags to friends along with a copy of the recipe.
NOTE: If you keep a starter, you will be baking every 10 days. However you can freeze a starter. The cycle begins when the starter is thawed.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 2 large loaf pans.
Mix in a separate bowl:
½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Use half of mixture to dust greased pans.
To the remaining starter in the bowl add:
1 cup of oil (or ½ cup oil & ½ cup applesauce)
½ cup of cold milk
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding (can be any flavor you want)
Optional: 1 cup of raisins or chopped nuts
Pour batter into pans. Do not fill past ½ full. Sprinkle remaining sugar and cinnamon over the top. Bake 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from sides, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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