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.

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Amish Friendship Bread

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.

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

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.)

A slice of each

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.

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Amish Friendship Bread with Chocolate Chips

For the other batch, I substituted the vanilla pudding for cookies and cream and also added chocolate chips.

Amish Friendship Bread made with Cookies and Cream Pudding and Chocolate Chips

Amish Friendship Bread made with Cookies and Cream Pudding and 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.

9 comments on “Look at what I made!!! Amish Friendship Bread

  1. That is such a cool idea. I had never heard of that prior to this. I wish someone I knew gave me a starter bag.

  2. Heather says:

    Bear- They claim that you can’t find a starter recipe, but there are some out there. I have never started one from scratch, but here is a site that has a starter recipe:

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amish-Friendship-Bread-Starter/Detail.aspx

    Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  3. Adam says:

    Wow I bet that would be great in the fall with Pumpkin!

  4. Looks great Heather! I like seeing other stuff that you guys are into as well. I love all the ingredients in here, so I can imagine that it was awesome.

  5. sweetspot says:

    The thing that freaked me out about this when I was given one is that you have to add milk to it and still leave it on the counter for a couple days. Eww. Is that safe?

  6. @Heather – Yeah I could always make a starter bag but that’s not the point 🙂

    I’d like one to get around to me somehow.

  7. Dan says:

    We currently have a sack of this going around our office and every 10 days a couple of loaves appear. They are tasty, but I think that the bags of starter are the ‘sea monkeys’ of the food world. Feed it or it will die!

    To think that you could have a bag of living microorganism that been floating around for decades and been all over North America!

  8. orb205 says:

    Ok so who would like to start a friendship bread chain!? Haha or maybe this isn’t a safe idea? I’m going to have to try this.

  9. BeanThugLyfe says:

    sweetspot–If you want to make homemade cream cheese, mascarpone, creme fraiche or yogurt you have to leave cultured milk at or above room temperature for a day or more, so I’d imagine this’d be safe.

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