Amish Friendship Bread. What is it? It is a delicious sweet bread made with a live starter. You make the bread and then pass on the starter and the recipe to your friends so they can make the bread themselves. That is why it is called "friendship bread." It's a great way of reaffirming friendships that originated with the Amish but is now practiced by persons of all nationalities and religious affiliations.
This is more than a recipe - it's a way of thinking. In our hi-tech world almost everything comes prepackaged and designed for instant gratification. So where does a recipe that takes ten days to make fit in? Maybe it's a touch stone to our past - to those days not so very long ago when everything we did took time and where a bread that took 10 days to make was not as extraordinary as it seems today.
Amish Friendship Bread is a great bread for the holidays. When you've made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. It makes a great homemade birthday and Christmas present. Church groups and hospitals have spread a lot of love and cheer by making Amish Friendship Bread for their members. I make it regularly just because it tastes so good!
Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. If you know someone with a starter, you are in luck. For those of you without access to a starter, I'm still doing research, but click on the link below.
The recipe came to me when a fellow employee left several one-gallon zip-lock baggies on the table in the lounge along with a loaf of the bread with a big sign that said EAT ME. Each baggie came with instructions that I've re-typed so they can be re-printed from any computer.
Printable Recipe found HERE
I'm still working on an easy to make starter, click HERE for more starter info!
Variations of the bread recipe can be found HERE. Many of these variations were taken from the web site at http://www.armchair.com/recipe/amish/amish.html