Jul 26, 2009

Amish friendship bread

My coworker gave me a very special gift about 10 days ago. I would like to call it the baking chain letter, aka Amish friendship bread. Okay, let me explain. She gave me some Amish friendship bread in both vanilla and chocolate flavor. She also gave me a bag of starter. Apparently, the original starter comes from an Amish person. Every time you go through the process of making the bread, you get four other starters that you pass on to your friends.

I am very skeptical of the fact that only an Amish person can make the starter. So I did a little research via my favorite search engine for recipes, Food Blog Search from Google. I came across the recipe for the starter from Culinary Adventures of a New Wife. So if you're not one of the lucky four people that receive my starter, you can make it for yourself.

The results? It is very moist and very tasty. Make it yourself and make some friends. Instead of making the original cinnamon variety, I found a Lemon poppy seed version from a Taste of Home forum from Jenita. The cake came out really moist and full of lemony flavor. Here's the recipe.

Lemon poppyseed Amish Friendship bread
from Jenita at Taste of Home
makes 1 loaf

1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Amish starter
1 egg
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant lemon pudding
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the lemon pudding, poppy seed, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and flour together.

2. In another bowl, mix together the oil, vanilla, applesauce, milk, Amish starter, and egg together.

3. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and combine until smooth. Pour into greased loaf pan lined with wax paper. Bake about 45 minutes.

  • *For some reason, you're not supposed to use a metal bowl or any metal things to mix the bread.


Hilary said...

I've made one of these friendship breads before, but the starter definitely did not come from the Amish - we don't even have Amish in Canada! It was incredibly tasty though, and a lot of fun to make.

Anonymous said...

This lemon poppy seed recipe sounds wonderful. I just received a starter and can't wait to make the bread. Do you by chance have the chocolate recipe??

kk said...

HI Anonymous...the one that my coworker gave me, she just replaced the vanilla pudding with the chocolate pudding. I thought the chocolate flavor was not enough. I saw another recipe where they omit the cinnamon, add 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips along with the chocolate pudding. I think that should do it! Hope it turns out well.


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