How to Stop Amish Friendship Bread

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You can accept a bag of Amish friendship bread starter and bake it right away, without the 10 day commitment! Amish friendship bread is the culinary equivalent of a hokey email chain letter. It is delicious, but it can be a pain. If you've ever received a strange, innocent looking baggie of the starter, you know that you're now obligated to tend the starter for 10 days. You must squeeze the bag, as well as measuring and adding ingredients at specific intervals before you bake it. Then, you have to find several friends who will agree to adopt a bag of the stuff. Sometimes, it makes its way back to you over and over again. (sigh...) But, you know what? You can bake it right away, just two loaves at once, and that's it. These directions tell you how to stop Amish Friendship Bread.
Makes 2 loaves

Things You'll Need

  • One bag of Amish friendship bread starter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix (5.1 oz.)
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray two loaf pans with oil spray.

  • Dump the wet ingredients into a large bowl, including all of the starter, the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix well.

  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla pudding mix. Stir well.

  • Pour the batter into the two oiled baking pans. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle this evenly on top of the loaves. Bake the loaves for 1 hour.

    Scroll down for tips and warnings about Amish friendship bread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do you think Amish friendship bread is really Amish, since it has instant pudding mix in it?
  • This "bread" is very sweet and rich. It is more like a cake. Delicious!
  • Do not use metal bowls or utensils to make this.
  • If you decide to make this the traditional 10 day method, thus giving starter to friends, consider providing a pack of instant vanilla pudding along with it, and never give starter to the same person twice!
  • If you start feeling guilty for stopping the starter, just take off your apron, and step away from the kitchen.

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