Look at what I made!!! Amish Friendship Bread
I usually balk at the mention of taking a “starter” bag to make “Amish Friendship Bread“. The process is not hard, and it had been a while since I had made any, so when a friend offered a starter to me, I accepted.
For those who aren’t familiar with Amish Friendship Bread, it is a sourdough bread that takes a 10 day process to get to completion. A ziplock bag of “starter” is handed out to friends, along with the recipe and detailed instructions. The day you receive the bag, should be the 1st day, and you do nothing. For the next 3 days you “mush” the bag. On the 5th day, you add ingredients and “mush” the bag some more. For days 6 through 9, you “mush” the bag each day. Seeing a trend here? On the 10th day, you add ingredients, and separate the batter into 5 cups.
You can choose to bake as many loaves as you wish, but the general idea is to keep 1 cup of “starter” for yourself, use 1 cup to bake, and hand the remaining three out friends. Thus the name of “Amish Friendship Bread”. (NOTE: The bread has not been proven to be linked to the Amish, although, it is thought that true “Amish Friendship Bread” is a sourdough bread that is passed around to the sick and needy.)
The bread calls for cinnamon and vanilla pudding in addition to your staples. In the past, I have made it strictly per the recipe, but it can be altered in many ways. Chips, candies, and/or fruit can be added. You can also use different flavors of pudding. I decided to bake 2 batches of the bread. For the first batch, I followed the recipe (for a lighter recipe you can substitute 1/2 of the oil with applesauce, which I did), but I added Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips.
For the other batch, I substituted the vanilla pudding for cookies and cream and also added chocolate chips.
The bread is really good to begin with, but adding the chips makes it exceptional. The bread is moist and delicious. It’s worth trying and sharing with your friends.