The Curse of the Friendship Bread
You have probably heard of it…a friend gives you a ziploc bag with this liquidy batter in it and a copy of instructions. You have just been given friendship bread. The truth is, it is a really sweet tradition. A friend gives you the bread mix and you are all happy because they thought of you. You now have instructions to squish the bag around for the next 5 days, and then on the sixth day you add a few ingredients, then put back on your counter and squish for the next day or two.
For me… it falls apart pretty much from the offer of the bread. As of this date I have never brought a Friendship Bread to completion… IE. baked bread.
It’s not that I dont want too… I love that it is given to me… and I am right on it the first few squish days… but at some point I forget to squish… or miss the day to add in the new ingredients… and then I dont know if you can continue on… or if now you are making something deadly and lethal and would not be considered friendship bread at all if I passed it out to unsuspecting friends to bake, eat, and pass on. Kind of like a plague…
My friend Paula gave me a friendship bread bag last Sunday. And as of this date I have done my squishing as instructed, and am a little excited as tomorrow is the add in day and I am so far remembering that I need to do that.
Maybe – just maybe, this time will break the curse.
Amish Friendship Bread Recipe
Day 1 – receive the starter (the recipe for the starter is below)
Day 2 – stir
Day 3 – stir
Day 4 – stir
Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.
Day 6 – stir
Day 7 – stir
Day 8 – stir
Day 9 – stir
Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the following recipe for baking the bread.
After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:
2/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Using a fork beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).
Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.
Bake at 325 for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!
1 pkg. 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 a 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 the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions above for Amish Friendship Bread.
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