Monday, September 14, 2015

Amish Bread Recipes and how to make a Starter

Have you heard of Amish Bread? Well to make it right you have to make what's called a Starter
If you’d like to give the Amish Friendship Bread a try, it’s easy to start yourself.
I am going to teach you how to make it step by step and will be sharing recipes
Enjoy Good Food

Starter:
  1 tablespoon  Active Dry Yeast
  1 cup  Warm Water -- divided (110 degrees)
  1 cup  Flour
  1 cup  Sugar
  1 cup  Milk


Bread:
  1 cup  Vegetable Oil
  1 cup  Sugar
  2 cups  Flour
  3 Eggs
  1 small  Vanilla Pudding Mix -- Instant
  1 teaspoon  Cinnamon
  1/2 teaspoon  Salt
  1/2 teaspoon  Baking Soda
  1/4 teaspoon  Baking Powder
  1/2 cup  Milk
Cinnamon Sugar:
  1 cup  Sugar
  2 tablespoons  Cinnamon


For Amish Friendship Bread Starter: Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water in a deep glass container. Stir in remaining warm water, milk, flour and sugar. Beat until smooth.

Cover a large glass jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid works best for this. DO NOT REFRIGERATE! The starter requires 10 days for fermentation as follows:
DAYS 1, 2, 3 and 4:... Stir batter
DAY 5:................ Add 1 cup each milk, flour, sugar and stir
DAYS 6, 7, and 8,9..... Stir batter each day
DAY 10: ............. Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, milk; stir.
Put 1 cup of starter in each of three containers or larger zip lock bags.
Give away to friends and keep one. This will begin their Day 1.

Remember, don’t use a metal bowl, or metal utensils. Don’t stress about the starter. If you mess things up, you can always start a new one. Want to slow things down, feed your starter less frequently. Just don't forget your bag, watch it when it gets really puffed up time to let the air out of the bag and mush!! Need a break, freeze your starter. You’ll know if things go bad if your starter turns orange or pink, or gets a funky smell.

Directions after you have your Starter:
Store your starter in zip lock bags
Do not use any type of Metal Spoon or Bowl Mixing. Do Not Refrigerate.
It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment. Do not taste raw batter and Date Bag.

Day 1: Do Nothing.
Day 2: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 3: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 4: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 5: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 6: Add to the bag 1 Cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Mush the bag and let the air out.
Day 7: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 8: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 9: Mush the bag and let the air out
Day 10: Mix and divide starter as follows.

Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non metal bowl.
Add 1 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 1/2 Cups Sugar, and 1 1/2 Cups Milk.
Next measure 1 Cup Batter into 4 gallon size zip lock bags.
Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of the recipe.
You will end up with 5 batches of bread (4 bags and 1 in the bowl)
You can freeze these to use later

You can make a double batch yielding in (6 loaves) then  only have 2 starters left, one to give out and one to keep for yourself and start all over again in 10 days.
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Amish Friendship Bread (to bake the bread)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees To the remaining batter in the bowl (about 2 cups) add

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 large box instant pudding (or 3.5 oz boxes)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oil
2 cups all purpose flour


Grease two large loaf pans or one 9 x 13 inch pan.
**If giving this bread or selling it use the disposable loaf pans, you get 3 loaf pans for $1.29.

Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half the mixture.
Pour batter into the pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture on top.
Bake for about 1 hour cool until bread loosens from the pan.


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Be certain to tell the recipient which day the bag is given to them. The day you give them their bag of starter is day one for them. If you keep starter for yourself you will be baking every 10 days.

Only the Amish know how to make the starter so if you give your entire starter away, you will have to wait until someone gives you back a starter.

You can freeze some of the starter bags instead of giving them all away. The day you remove it from the freezer is day one.

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You can make more than just the traditional bread recipe too:
                    Cinnamon Bread

Remainder of Amish Batter 1 c. oil
4 eggs 2 c. flour
1 c. sugar 3 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt 1 t. baking soda
1 small box instant vanilla pudding 1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. crushed nuts

Mix Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 325*F 1 hour. Sprinkle cinnamon
sugar on top when it comes
out of oven.

                      Friendship Bread

Remainder of Amish Batter 2/3 c. oil
3 eggs 2 c. flour
1 c. sugar 1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/4 t. baking powder 1 t. vanilla
canned fruit or 2 c. diced apples or raisins

Mix. Pour in 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350*F for 50-60 minutes.

                         Biscuits

1 c. flour 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt 2 t. baking powder

Combine all above in large bowl. With spoon make well (dent) in center.
Combine: 2 eggs
1 c. Amish batter
1/4 c. oil

Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture all at
once. Stir until dough cleans sides of bowl. Pour onto floured board. Roll
1/2" thick. Cut our (circle cutter). Place close together on greased cookie
sheet. Brush top of biscuits w/ melted butter. Cover, let rise in warm place
30 minutes.  Bake at 350*F 15-20 minutes. Makes @ 2 dzn 3" biscuits.

                      Chocolate Cake

Cream:
2/3 c. shortening
1 2/3 c. sugar
Add: 3 eggs
1 c. Amish batter
1 t. vanilla
Beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
Combine:
2/3 c. cocoa 1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt 2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder

Add flour mixture to batter alternately with 3/4 c. cold water. Beat 1
minute on medium speed. Mix in by hand 1 c. chopped nuts. Pour into greased
and floured 9x12 pan. Bake at 375* 30-40 minutes.

                         Apple Bread

1 1/2 c. sugar 3/4 c. oil
1 t. vanilla 2 c. flour
2 t. cinnamon 2 eggs
1 c. Amish batter 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
Beat well on low speed for 2 minutes.

Fold in by hand: 1 c. chopped nuts
3 c. diced fresh apples
Pour into 2 well greased loaf pans. Bake at 375*F 50-60 minutes.

                          Cinnamon Rolls

2 c. flour
1 c. milk
1 c. Amish batter

Combine in large bowl and let set at room temperature overnight or 10-12
hours. Stir down.

Combine:
1 egg
3 t. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
Add small bowl all at once to stir down.

Pour dough out on well floured board and knead until no longer sticky. Roll
out to 1/2" thickness in a rectangle shape. Brush dough with soft butter.

Combine:
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 c. crushed nuts

Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over buttered dough. Beginning at wide side,
roll up, and seal seam. Cut 1" slices and place on well greased cookie
sheet. Let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 350*F 30-35 minutes.

                               Pancakes

1 c. flour 1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder 1 t. baking soda
2 t. sugar

Combine above in large bowl.
combine:
2 T. oil
2 c. Amish batter
1/2 c. milk
1 egg

Add small bowl to large and mix on medium speed. Spoon batter onto greased
griddle.

                                    Waffles

Prepare batter for pancakes except increase oil to 1/4 c.

Cookies

1 1/2 c. applesauce
3 t. baking soda

Combine above in small bowl and set aside.

Cream together:
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. shortening
Add:
1 c. Amish batter
1 egg

Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Add applesauce mix alternately with 4 1/2 c.
flour and 1 t. baking powder. Mix until well blended. Fold in 2 c. (12 oz.)
chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet. Bake at 350*F 8-10 minutes.

                          Cornbread

1 c. Amish batter 2 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk 2 t. sugar
1/2 c. flour 1 1/2 c. cornmeal

Combine all above in large bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add:
1/4 c. oil
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder

Mix until well blended and pour into well greased 9" square pan. Bake at
425*F 25-30 minutes.

                             Muffins

1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. whole wheat or bran flour 1 t. baking soda

Combine all above in large bowl. With spoon make a well (dent) in center of
flour mixture.

In the well add:
1/2 c. milk 1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 c. oil 1 1/2 c. Amish batter
2 T. undiluted orange juice

Stir with fork until mixture is well moistened. Do not over-mix, batter will
be lumpy. Spoon into well greased muffin cups. Bake at 375*F 30-35 minutes.
Allow to cool in pan 5 minutes before removing.

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Now there are many Friendship Bread Variations:

Chocolate Bread: Use the basic mix recipe except use Chocolate Pudding instead of Vanilla make sure to add the 2 tsp cinnamon it really makes the bread taste the best.


Peanut Butter Cup:Used basic mix recipe, except use Chocolate pudding instead of Vanilla. Omit the 2 tsp cinnamon in the batter. Add 4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter to the batter and one bag Reeses peanut butter chips.

Cherry Cheese Cake or Strawberry Cheese:I used the basic mix, omitted the cinnamon and used two small boxes of cheese cake pudding instead of the vanilla and I added a small pack of cream cheese and 1/4 cup more milk. You also need a can of Cherry or Strawberry pie filling. After putting the batter into the pans dab teaspoons of cherries on top of them and swirl around with spoon to mix in the cherries. Cook at 325 until dark golden brown.

Cinnamon Struesel: Before I start the Amish bread I get my pans ready and make the streusel 1 stick butter or margarine at room temp.
2/3 C – 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 C – 1 cup flour cinnamon - as much as you like
Put the ingredients together. (1 C chopped pecans are optional.) This will make approx. 2 cups. If you like a little more, increase the sugar and flour to 1 cup each.

Make your Amish bread according to directions. Use French Vanilla pudding or Vanilla Pudding. Put approx. 1-1/2 C batter in the bottom of each pan and spread into the corners. (Batter will not be runny - sort of a heavy batter.) Top with 1/2 C streusel, remaining batter and remaining streusel.

Banana Nut Bread:Use the basic mix with 1 cup of walnuts or pecans , 2 large mashed bananas and 1 large box of banana cream pudding instead of vanilla pudding.

Lemon Bread:Substitute lemon pudding mix and use 2 tsp lemon extract instead of vanilla, omit the cinnamon and nuts. For Lemon Poppy Seed Just add some poppy seeds.

Butterscotch Bread:
Add 1 Large box of butterscotch pudding and 1 1/2 cups of butterscotch chips. Omit cinnamon.
proceed with recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Bread:Make the streusel 1 stick butter or margarine at room temp. 2/3 C – 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 C – 1 cup flour cinnamon - as much as you like Put the ingredients together. (1 C chopped pecans are optional.)

This will make approx. 2 cups. If you like a little more, increase the sugar and flour to 1C each. Make your Amish bread according to directions. Use Vanilla or French Vanilla pudding. Put approx. 1-1/2 C batter in the bottom of each pan and spread into the corners.

(Batter will not be runny - sort of a heavy batter.) Add 1 can apple pie filling evenly throughout the each loaf. Top each loaf with remaining batter and the Add streusel topping last, bake as directed.

Yes there are so many variations. If you have a variation not listed leave me a comment and tell me what it is. I love new friendship bread flavors.

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