I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite childhood memories is the scent of dough fermenting in a little Indiana kitchen. But not just any dough… Amish Bread dough (or friendship bread). A lady at the church had given my mom a starter, and if you’ve ever received a starter for friendship bread then you know how quickly things can get out of hand.
Mason jars filled with fermenting dough were everywhere. On the counters. On the table. On the floor in cardboard boxes. Everywhere.
So I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew, but I googled “Amish Bread Recipe” 12 days ago, and this is what has happened since:
Day 1: With just 5 ingredients, I mixed up my starter.
Days 2-4: I stirred up my starter.
Day 5: I added one cup of sugar, one cup of flour and one cup of milk to my starter… and stirred.
Days 6-9: I stirred up my starter.
Day 10: We feast! Sort of. First you have to add more flour, milk and sugar, divvy up the mixture into 4 containers (one for you, three for friends… or three for you and one for friends, whatever floats your boat), and then add some more ingredients. Then you bake it. Then we feast!
The best part of this bread wasn’t even how moist and fresh it was, but the cinnamon-sugar mixture that caramelized and crisped the sides and top of the bread… yum! Starbucks legit has nothing on my Amish-loaf. Nothing!
I may or may not have not had vanilla in my pantry. So I may or may not have left it out of the recipe. Also, I used 2 boxes of Jello boxed “Banana” pudding. So this was more or less the best non-banana banana bread of life.
Which reminds me… I thought it was strange that this “Traditional Amish Bread Recipe” called for boxed pudding. Am I the only one?
This is the Recipe I followed for my starter.
This is the Recipe I followed for my bread (minus the vanilla, nuts and fruit and plus 2 boxes of banana flavored pudding).
I really wish I could give you a starter kit through the screen but alas… more for me. No worries though! It’s really easy to make. And I noticed while I was on Pinterest that there are virtually limitless ways you can make your Amish bread… banana nut, pumpkin spice, cranberry-orange!
My poor diet. My poor, poor diet.