This recipe for Amish Friendship Bread comes just in time for the holidays. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Your friends will love it. Trust me.
What I should have said is… “Your friends will love it until they don’t anymore and then run away from you because they don’t want any more starter.”
Okay, so I’m not really selling this recipe so far, am I? Let’s start over.
Have you heard of Amish Friendship Bread? I thought everyone had and then I asked Facebook, the knower of all the things, and it said that many people have no clue.
REALLY? Where were you in the late 80s??? Certainly not in Burlingame, CA, where I was. EVERYONE had a bowl of starter on their counter back in ’89. It was the in thing to do: wear leg warmers, rat your hair high, and babysit yeasted starter on your counter for 10 days.
Amish Friendship Bread, in all essence, is an edible chain letter. And while I delete chain letters and “share if you agree” statuses on FB on principle, I’ll never, ever turn down bread. Especially this bread. It’s the best bread. Really. I remember eating it for weeks in middle school. Then one day it vanished…never to be seen again…until now.
So what is it, really? Basically it’s a “quick” bread made with a sourdough starter. You grow the starter on your counter for 10 days, stirring it and feeding it and loving on it, and then at the end of 10 days you make the most amazing bread with it.
Then, because it’s so friendly, you share 2 cups of the starter with two friends and keep a cup growing on your counter for next time.
Then, 10 days after that, you do the same thing. And again and again to infinity.
Or, you can give it all away after 10 days…or freeze it for next time a craving hits.
You see, that’s what happened to me. All of a sudden I wanted Amish Friendship Bread. I had not had a bite of it in 25 years and one day last month I neeeeeeded a slice. But what’s a girl to do when she wants the bread but doesn’t have the starter?
Make her own, of course.
FULL RECIPE IN THE NEXT PAGE, ENJOY 🙂