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
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!