Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

I'm not sure what would possess someone to make bread if it takes ten days to make. Then again, something must be possessing me because I've made Amish Friendship bread. More than once. I think it was my daughter smiling and asking, “Dad, can we make Amish Friendship bread?”

What can I say? I'm a sucker for a cute girl.

Last time, I showed you how to make the starter. It's time to finish the recipe. This recipe makes two loaves.


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread starter
3 eggs
1/2 cup cooking oil (I use canola oil)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups white flour
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease two bread pans with butter, or cooking spray. You can dust the pans with additional cinnamon and sugar, if you like, but I think the bread is sweet enough as it is.

In a bowl, combine the starter, eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix thoroughly.

Combine the starter mixture with the flour mixture and mix thoroughly, to avoid lumps.

Pour half the batter into one prepared loaf pan, and half in the other. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check by inserting a toothpick and checking to see if it comes out (mostly) clean.

Remove the pans from the oven and cool, in the pan, on cooling racks for ten minutes, or so, until the sides of the bread pull away evening from the pan. Remove from the pans and cool the rest of the way on the cooling racks.

Slice and enjoy!

I can't imagine the Amish doing this, but some recipes I've seen call for adding a large box of vanilla pudding with the other dry ingredients. It's not bad that way, but it gets a bit too sweet for me. Which, of course, means my kids love it all the more. I've even heard of people adding different flavors of pudding, chopped nuts, raisins, and other dried fruit. Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment!


JaeJay said...

I have been looking for a good recipe like this for a while! Thank you for posting it!

M Ryan Taylor said...

So, is it worth the 10 days?

John Newman said...

Hey Ryan! Interesting question. It's not bad. The starter (which is what takes so long) can be made in a ziploc bag, instead of a bowl, making it a bit easier. Honestly? It's good, but If it weren't for my kids and wife, I don't think I'd make it as often I do.

Maria said...

Just found your blog from the UT blog list! Fun!! I love Amish bread, it is a lot of work though!

jen said...

hub LOVES this bread. but of course, I only got the starter once, and never tried it again... Although it was awfully fun. :)

John Newman said...

Hey Jen!

You can make the starter yourself. It's pretty easy, it just takes ten days. :)

Beer Lover said...

I never try to make a bread by myself but your recipe looks so appealing to me that I want to try making one tonight :)

rocknrollmama said...

My friend gave me one of these the other week & the recipe was a little different...instead of applesauce, it called for one package of vanilla pudding. & I used almond extract instead of turned out AMAZING! My neighbors & co-workers loved it too :)

John Newman said...

I think the almond extract is a great touch! Thanks for heads up on that. Rocknrollmama.

Lulu Barbarian said...

Thanks for the info about the pudding. I've just made this using some starter that a friend gave me; she said a Mormon lady had given some starter to her. :-) Anyway, the recipe was the pudding version, and it was very good, but I was hoping for a version that didn't require something processed like instant pudding mix, and here it is! Super!

John Newman said...

I'm glad I could help, Lulu. I'm not above making something from a package, but I'm trying to cut down on it as much as I can.

I love your blog, BTW. Really interesting stuff.