I was given this recipe so many years ago by one of my daughters. The recipe will yield so many cakes that you could easily feed an army. It’s such a great idea to make it when you have family reunions.
The way it works is by fermenting the basic batter, (ok, don’t be gross-out!) This cake takes 10 days to make. On the 10th day you will have enough batter to make 2 loaf-cakes. Then you must divide the leftover batter-starter to give away to friends, in order to keep that thing going.
Difficulty: Medium to Advanced
Amish Friendship Bread
RULE #1. DO NOT USE METAL BOWLS OR SPOONS!!
As air is produced in the bag, let it out. This is a natural process, the batter raises, bubbles and ferments.
RULE #2. DON’T REFRIGERATE THE BAGS EITHER.
THE CAKE RECIPE: (REMEMBER THE PROCESS TAKES 10 DAYS)
Day 1: This is the day that you get the batter. ***
Day 2-5: Mush the bag once-a-day.
Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk. Mush.
Day 7-9: Mush the bag once-a-day.
Day 10: Combine in a large NON-METAL BOWL: The batter, 1 cup of flour,
1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk. Stir.
Item A: Pour 3 1-cup of starters into Ziploc bags. Keep one for the cake you are making today. 1 to make in 10 days and 1 to give to a friend. Include a copy of these instructions.
(If I you want to make 3 more batters for next week to share with friends, then, do Item A. If you just want to make 1 cake, pour 1 cup of your batter into a glass bowl, discard the leftover and follow directions on Item B) ↓↓
Item B: Preheat oven to 325
To the remaining batter that you just made (1 cup) add and mix well all the following ingredients:
(I add all the dry ingredients in one bowl, mixed well, then added all the wet ingredients.)
1 cup of oil (you could substitute ½ apple sauce and ½ canola oil)
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
1 large box (or 2 small) of Instant Vanilla Pudding*
3 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup of milk
½ teaspoon of salt
OPTIONAL: 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts or raisins
Mix ½ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Grease two large bread pans or 1 bunt pan and sprinkle some of the cinnamon/sugar mix to coat the grease. Pour batter in pan(s) and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar over the batter.
Bake for 1 hour. Let stand in pan(s) 10 minutes before removing to rack.
*You can use banana, lemon, or any other favorite of pudding.
***The batter: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk. Stir.
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