Here comes ANOTHER version of Amish bread!!!The basic Amish Friendship Bread does not taste like bread. It’s sweet and taste more like cake or muffin. There are a million variations floating on the Internet including my blog. I decided to make something that is more like regular white bread instead of like cake. This sour dough recipe from Armchair sounded good and I decided to give it a try. It was my VERY first bread Ever..and it was a success. I don’t have a Kitchen Aid mixer but I do have a little cousin that helped me knead the dough. This recipe made 3 small loafs. I kept one and gave two to friends. It was still warm when I gave it to my friend and he really enjoyed home made warm bread. Though it does not taste like cake this bread still has a hint of sweetness to it. The best I can describe it is “Sweet White Bread”.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 - 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup Amish batter
6 cups bread flour
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Oil bottom & sides of large bowl & put bread dough in. Let stand overnight at room temperature. In morning, punch dough down 4-5 times and divide into 3 equal balls. Kneed each ball 8-10 times and put into 3 greased and floured loaf pans. Brush tops with oil and cover with oiled foil. Let stand 4-5 hours or all day. (If dough has not risen well, put small pan of water on bottom rack in oven, heat to 200 degrees, turn off oven. Put dough on top rack for 1-2 hours.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (Cover with foil after lightly browned.)
Here is a Starter Recipe if you need one. Also you can buy it online or you may get it from a friend..hence the name Friendship bread :). Once you have the starter bag, follow these easy instructions to get the day 10 Amish batter but don't bake the basic bread and follow the above recipe.