Friendship Bread - which is often called Amish Friendship Bread, is something that you can do with your friends or family members. In fact, it is a way to continue doing something for others, even if baking bread is something that not a lot of people do today. Giving bread and other gifts to your friends can show them what they mean to you, and Amish Friendship Bread is a great place to start. It melts in your mouth, and is something you'll crave as you run out of it!
Amish Friendship Bread has been around along time, and some people claim that the recipe did indeed come from the Amish. However, there is no real connection to the Amish people. No matter where the original recipe came from, the fun is in the sharing. You create a bread mixture, and after it is ready to cook it - but you leave some of the dough over. You give your friends parts of the dough, and you keep some of it so that you can continue to make it. You can keep the chain going on your own, and your friends can start chains of it as well. No matter what, the Amish Friendship Bread is something that you can all share together.
Friendship bread is actually a type of sourdough starter, which means that after you get it started you won't need any yeast. The instructions are easy to follow, and fun as well! If you treat it like a chain letter, you can provide your friends and family with bread for a long time to come.
If you get a starter from a friend, you can easily follow the instructions that come with it. But, if you do not, it is easy to start on your own.
Start with 1 quarter-once package of yeast
Add: 1/4 cup warm water, 1 cup flour, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 cup milk. The yeast should be dissolved in the water, and should stand for 10 minutes. Then, use the rest of the ingredients with the yeast, and combine them in a large plastic Ziploc bag. Stir them all together and close the bag. Let it stand over night.
On these days, squish the bag to mix the starter together. Don't open it, just squish the bag and allow it to be mixed.
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk to the bag and stir it thoroughly.
Again squish the bag and make sure that you are mixing it together each day.
Pour the mixture that you have into a bowl that is not metal. Add to it 1 and ½ cups of flour, 1 and ½ cups of sugar, and 1 and ½ cups of milk. Stir it together until the batter is smooth. Then, take out four cups. Put one cup each into a new Ziploc bag. You can keep one for yourself to start again, and give the other three to your friends so they'll be able to start. Be sure to give them instructions as well.
The remaining batter will become your bread! Add to it:
Pour your batter into two greased loaf pans. You can use ½ cup sugar and ½ cup cinnamon and sprinkle it into the loaf pans before you pour in the batter. You can also sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top of the batter before it is baked.
Then, bake it at 325 degrees for one hour. Make sure that you let it cool before you cut it! If you enjoy the bread, you can keep a starter bag for yourself and continue to experiment with different flavorings.