8.11.2011

Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread



. So I have a little griping to do.  And I don't think I've done this before on here, so just hear me out.

I went running yesterday with Ollie.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, around 80°F and close to zero humidity [I couldn't believe it either!].  I don't know what's with Nebraska weather lately, but I'm lovin' it!  And so are my feetsies.

Anyway, Ollie and I were keeping a pretty good pace on our normal run route.  We started our way up a slight hill when I noticed an older lady coming from the opposite way.  She didn't appear to be making any adjustment on the path, so I started to bring Ollie to the grass so we could pass her with ease.  Side note, I get nervous that people we pass by are scared of dogs [or something crazy like that], so I always make sure to leave enough room between us.  Well lo' and behold, there was a nasty little hole covered in grass that I obviously didn't see.  You can guess what happened next.  Yep, goodbye ankle!


Embarrassment.  Hurt.  Annoyance.  Giggles.  Frustration.

Just a few of the emotions that swept through me as I stood on the path trying to not look like my spill actually hurt.

And so here I sit at home with my bum ankle.  It really isn't that bad, I can walk around [with some good lookin' limpin' going on].  And as I've sat on my butt all day, my ankle seems to be a bit better.  A little swollen, but it's so much better than even just this morning.  Man, oh, man.  Stupid body parts.  And to think that I was going to run on the treadmill yesterday instead.  But hindsight is 20/20, huh?


So you can probably guess that I've been in quite a depressing mood today.  I hate the feeling of being helpless.  Not that I really am, but even the thought of getting up seems like a lot of work.  It's things like this that make me realize how much I take even the simplest things for granted, like walking around normally.  But I guess we all need to be woken up every once in a while!

But anyway, blogging felt like a good remedy.  And I have the most perfect concoction, a recipe that would brighten up anyone's day.  I mean c'mon, 'Friendship' is in the name!  Just thinking about it makes me happy.

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker brought me two large plastic bags filled with a tan goo and a sheet of directions.  As I scanned the sheet, I read directions like 'mush the bag', 'day 9', etc.  Mush the bag?  This thing takes 10 days?!  What the hay was he giving me?


The basic explanation I got was that this Amish Friendship Bread was , ah ha, bread, and extremely good.  The time period alone of this goodie peaked my interest and so I took it home, and for the next week or so, did exactly what the directions said to.

And on the 10th day [I feel like I'm creating the world], I mixed in the remaining ingredients and bready bliss came out of the oven an hour later.

Seriously, this bread is tops on my list.  It is by far the most odd creation I have ever been introduced to [the process, that is] but the product is absolutely heavenly.  And what I love even more about this bread are the endless varieties.  The bread gets its flavor from pudding packets, so basically what I'm saying is that the number of combinations is only limited to the different flavors of puddings.  And when I was at the grocery store, there were shelves of pudding flavors.  Oh yeah, and multiply that by any type of add-in your little heart desires.  Variety craziness.


For my first attempt, I chose to do the chocolate version [obviously].  The bread had that banana/pumpkin bread texture [which is expected, it is in the end a quick bread!].  But what topped it off was the milk chocolate chips in the bread.  And right out of the oven, the chocolate chips were melted and gooey.  It's a wonderful thing.

So thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson for giving me this recipe and allowing me to share it with the blog world!  This is a true gem of a find and I will keep this in my repertoire for the rest of my life.  Oh, you bet I will!

P.S. the whole story behind Amish Friendship Bread is that the gooey mixture I talked about earlier is actually the starter for the bread.  When you go to make the bread, you end up dividing the mixture into separate bags and you're supposed to give them to friends so they can make it, too!  Fun, huh?  The treat that keeps on giving! .

[Lot'sa] My Notes:
  • DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use metal bowls or spoons when making this bread.  Don't ask me why, but it's plastered on the directions I was given and also all over the internet.  
  • When you divide the starter into bags to give to your friends [or keep for yourself], make sure to use large plastic bags, as noted.  At the time, I didn't have any large ones so I put the mixture into little sandwich bags.  Well, we can ask Robbie how that worked out...hello, starter explosion all over the kitchen counter.  Whoops!
  • If you don't want to use the starter right away, you can throw it in the freezer and just start where you left off!  Nice, huh?
  • The other variation noted on my directions sheet was for a cinnamon sugar version.  If you want to try this out, simply switch out the chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and the chocolate fudge pudding with vanilla.  You'll also need 1/2 cup sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to dust the pans and top of bread with before baking.
  • This bread is definitely the best right out of the oven, when the chocolate chips are still melty.  Or if you can wait until the next day, the flavors are really able to come out.  Mm! Mm! Mm!
  • 'Mushing the bag' is simply rubbing the mixture in the bag between your fingers to get everything mixed up.  But no need to go crazy or do it for too long, a little mixing is just fine!
  • I used a standard 9x5-inch loaf pan, but next time around I will use a little smaller pan.  Because the pan was a bit larger, I ended up with loaves a little more flat than I prefer.
Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread



Ingredients:
Starter:
1 (.25 oz.) package active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk

Bread:
3 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. applesauce
2 c. milk, divided
2-1/2 c. sugar, divided
2 c. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3-1/2 c. all purpose flour, divided
1 box chocolate fudge pudding

Directions:
1.  If you don't have the starter, combine yeast, flour, sugar and milk, in large re-sealable plastic bag.  Label the bag with the date the starter was created.  This classifies as Day 1.


2.  Days 2 through 5, mush the bag once per day only.  


3.  On day 6, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk to the bag.  Mush the bag.

4.  Days 7 through 9 mush the bag once per day only.

5.  On day 10, pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl.  Add 1-1/2 cups flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, and 1-1/2 cups milk; mix well.


6.  Measure out four 1-cups of batter and place into four separate large re-sealable bags and mark with that day's date.  These are the starters you can hand out to friends...or keep for yourself!


7.  Heat oven to 325°F.  To the remaining batter, add the eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, 2 cups flour, and pudding mix.  Mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.



8.  Grease very well two loaf pans.  Pour batter evenly in to pans.  Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan until bread loosens and comes out evenly.  


Yield: 2 loaves

24 comments:

  1. I've never made the amish breads. I'm thinking I'm going to finally have to give in and make one.

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  2. These look AMAZING! I would LOVE it if you shared this recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow!

    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  4. Thanks for sharing at Menu Monday! I'd like to invite you back for this weeks Menu Monday recipe link up: http://myfaithandfamily.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/menu-mondays-oriental-coleslaw/ Hope to see you there!

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  5. I was JUST talking about Amish bread yesterday & saying I wish someone would give me a starter bag. Then you post this and give me the gift of a starter bag recipe!! Oh I could kiss you (although you don't know me so you'd probably not like that). ;) You rock. I hope your ankle feels better!

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  6. Jodi Baltazar3/07/2013 9:40 PM

    what do you do with the warm water?

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    1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and the mix with the rest of the starter ingredients.

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  7. So are the extra starters ready to use when you give them, or dies something else need to be added/done to them?

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  8. I used butterscotch pudding (omitted the choc chips) IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!! Lemon in great also. Tried banana, also cheesecake is great. The possibilities are MANY!!!

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  9. Ive tried the original version but never with the chocolate pudding or chocolate chips but this sounds much better then the original recipe. If we decide to keep the other bags of starters, how long will they keep in the freezer and how many days to thaw and would that be considered day 1 (the day you thaw out) ? Thanks

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  10. Ive used the original recipe before but never woth chocolate chips and pudding and this sounds much better. If you decide to keep the extra bags in the freezer for later use, how many days can they keep in the freezer ?
    Also when you take a bag out of the freezer to thaw, would that still be considered day 1 ?
    Thanks

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  11. And for Day 1 - 10 do we keep the bag in the refrigerator? or on the counter?

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    1. While it's fermenting, you'll want to just keep the bag on the counter. I'd love to hear if you try this out!

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that you can bake the bread in muffin pans and it still tastes fabulous and is easy to grab as you leave in the mornings.

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  13. I have to wonder why you need baking powder and baking soda when you have used yeast as a leavening agent.

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  14. I have made this many years ago. I lost the original recipe that a friend gave me, so I was glad to find this one! On the ones you can put in the freezer (or give away!) are these ready to use when they come out, or do you start with the Day 1--10 for these again? Just curious! thanks for the recipe!!

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  15. This reminded me of my Grandmother. I have taken care of her since 2008. She is now 87 years young. We had a little farmers market right down the road and whenever we were out running errands we would go by. I was always trying to get her to try new thinks. She has been an amazing cook and baker for as long as I can remember. She suffered a severe vitamin B12 deficiency which caused memory loss and now has Dementia . She was always making homemade bread. She never bought bread from the store. One day at the farmers market she bought a small loaf of banana nut bread which is one of her favorites. Beside it was a loaf of friendship bread. I talked her in to trying it and of course she loved it. I called her the next day and ask how it was. She said it's delicious, I just don't know why they call it friendship bread because I don't have any plans of sharing it. The market has closed down so I think I will "attempt" to make my precious little Grandma some friendship bread even if she doesn't share it. Thanks so much for this recipe and memory. God bless :)

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  16. What size pudding mix did you use? Thanks

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    1. 3.5oz box of puuding is used Hope this helps you,Blessings

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  17. There were some questions that were never answered.....I also have the same question's?

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  18. hi all, I also have a recipe similar to this one. It was giving to me years ago, I love it!!! its the one with cinnamon and sugar, I will share if you don't mind. I'm going to try this one, its somewhat different. I love trying new recipes an sharing them.

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  19. You didn't clarify when to put in the water but I would assume its part of the first step, also so days 1-10 is just the starter?

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  20. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and the mix with the rest of the starter ingredients.

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  21. Looks and sounds delicious!! I've saved the recipe and want to make it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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