For Starter: Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water in a deep glass or plastic container. Stir in remaining warm water, flour and sugar.
Beat until smooth. Cover. (A large glass jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid works best for this, but a 1/2 gallon zip baggie can also be used).
Because your first batch of starter contains fresh yeast, you can skip the next set of directions and go directly to the instructions for splitting your start.
Do not refrigerate! Do not stir with a metal spoon! The starter requires 10 days for fermentation.
Day 1- Begin or receive starter Day 2- Stir with wooden spoon (or squish baggie) Day 3- Stir with wooden spoon (or squish baggie) Day 4- Stir with wooden spoon (or squish baggie) Day 5- Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk Day 6- Stir with wooden spoon (or squish baggie) Day 7- Stir with wooden spoon (or squish baggie) Day 8- Do Nothing Day 9- Do Nothing Day 10- Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk
Put 1 cup of starter in each of three containers. Give 2 away to friends and keep one. This will begin their Day 1.
For Bread: You will have about 1 cup of batter left (besides the 1 cup you have saved for yourself). To the remaining batter add vegetable oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, eggs, milk, vanilla pudding mix, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until well blended. Add one cup raisins, chocolate chips or nuts, if desired.
Grease 2 loaf pans well, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, coating bottom well. Turn batter into pans, and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar onto tops of loaves. Bake at 325 degrees F for one hour.
uniquestreakDecember 29, 2013 REVIEW:
The directions are a little confusing but once you try it you understand it better. It made a good, long lasting starter that I've shared with others.
Guest FoodieJune 9, 2013 REVIEW:
I've been making this recipe for years. My starter has lasted so long and just keeps going.
December 7, 2012
I'm confused also...do you put the milk in when you make the starter or not...its in the ingredients but not the directions?!?
September 24, 2012
So, I've seen several people ask this question but no one has responded:
Do you add the milk in with the starter or not? It's listed in the ingredient list but not in the directions?
September 3, 2012
I love this recipe but I always end up with way too much starter and no takers. Is there any way I can just make enough to make my bread and enough starter for the next batch?
May 23, 2012
I make this all the time for my grandchildren they call it grandma bread They love it with chocolate chips I use mini chips about a cup for 2 loaves also I have used chocolate, banana,and also pumpkin pudding.
August 11, 2010
I used only 1/4 warm water instead of 2 cups, & added 1 cup warm milk. It turned out just fine. I ended up having 5 cups of starter on the 10th day.
(Milk does not need to be warmed up on the 6th & 10th day)
I also realized that I have used
metal cups when I added flour & sugar without thinking much, but the bread was still good.
Leaving the starter out for 10 days scared me at first, but it
is like wine & smells a bit like so.
SAugust 10, 2010 REVIEW:
For starter, I compared the recipe with other recipe from different sites and used only 1/4 warm warter + 1 cup of warm milk ( milk you add on the 6th & 10th day doesn't need to be warmed up). It turned out perfect, and I ended up having 5 cups of starter this way.
July 24, 2010
My starter is runny n I'm only on day 3 what happened or is this normal
MamaBApril 26, 2010 REVIEW:
I really love this recipe! I have been looking to find the starter for a while since I forgot about it in the pantry the last time. My family adores the bread that comes from this! for everyone asking if it'll be ok. No matter what you did it should be fine. this is very forgiving! I've baked it on the 13th day, I've forgotten to mix it. I've used a metal spoon. it was delicious every time so don't sweat it!
katiecatheyDecember 24, 2009 REVIEW:
I did add milk with starter and it made the five cups. It is really runny at firt but will thicken after sitting a couple of minutes.
teresabAugust 16, 2009 REVIEW:
instead of using oil, I substitute applesauce, chunky applesause is even better!
April 30, 2009
Will it affect the Friendship Bread if you wait until the 11th day to make the Bread?
November 12, 2008
You can keep using the same starter for a long time because the yeast is alive. Whenever you add flour, sugar, etc. you are feeding the yeast, and it will reproduce. That's also the reason why the bags you give away don't need powdered yeast added to them. They're chock full of healthy, live yeast.
no Julia Child
October 8, 2008
when do you put in the milk?? it doesn't say in the starter recipe??? can milk sit in your pantry for 10 days fermenting??
bubbalouSeptember 14, 2008 REVIEW:
question: where's step 2? How do you start more with a starter? Add to the begining or what?
Domestic GoddessSeptember 5, 2008 REVIEW:
The bread is GREAT!! Ony problem is now, all my friends, neighbors, ect. have the starter mix, and when I keep seperating them, I am getting too many mixes. How do I cut down on the amount of baggies since everyone already has as many as they want???
June 28, 2008
I had that concern also about the milk... is listed in the starter ingredients but not listed in the recipe to add it ... it says add remaining water , flour and sugar.
I added the milk anyways ... and the looks runny ....???
Now according to the instructions there is no waiting time ? i can go to split it right now and make my loafs?
I am confused ...so sorry ..
new mom 328
February 8, 2008
I have a question about the starter. The ingredients include milk, but nowhere in the directions are there indications for the milk. Are you supposed to add the milk to the starter?
January 5, 2008
Question about friendship bread. Since the recipe is expanded/divided so many times on one small starter batch, how long can you keep one starter batch going without loosing all the yeast for the necessary fermentation process? I got my bag from a friend and am making it today, will pass it along, keeping some for myself. How many times can iI repeat the process?
Nov 11, 2007
tulip3274November 11, 2007 REVIEW:
This bread is simply awesome. I have kept it going for 4 months now, just because my kids and I love it so much. Some other add ins we love: Use 1 small box vanilla pudding, and two single serving cups of applesauce; use chocolate or cheesecake or banana pudding; leave out the pudding, and instead use 2 cups of mashed pumpkin or zucchini
November 1, 2007
actually the deal with the metal spoon is because the metal can react with the bi-products of the fermentation in the starter...it can create off tastes or colors...and depending on the type of metal can actually effect the yeast...remember that everything that touches something leaves something behind so in effect if you use a metal spoon you leave metal in the starter...most likely one stir won't leave enough metal to hurt but why chance it...also think...fermentation is also how you get wine...use metal containers that are not stainless steel and you can actually get TOXIC compounds into the wine...this dough is not that much different from wine except for a lower alcohol level...
October 23, 2007
The issue with the metal is you don't want to leave a wet sticky mess in a metal container for ten days because it'll rust. It shouldn't affect the bread itself.
May 25, 2007
I accidently started using a metal spoon while mixing my Amish Friendship Bread. Should I still use it? Or should not bother and through it away?
May 1, 2007
i have not made a starter before i dont have to wait the ten days to cook since it has fresh yeast please help
mrs donorOctober 8, 2006 REVIEW:
this was sooo much fun to let the kids participate. they were able to mash each day and add all the ingr. the bread tastes great too!!! we decided to add more cinn/sugar on top for a crunchy coating it tasted so good!! good luck have fun and share w/ your friends. the organ family
Guest FoodieMarch 20, 2006 REVIEW:
That was so easy!! Thank you!
Do this as a different and kind thing to do for your friends. TRY IT!