If you missed my last article on Amish Friendship Bread, you can check that out here. As I was researching and talking with friends who have been experimenting with their Amish Friendship Bread, I stumbled upon a “potato flake” Amish Friendship Bread starter.
You’re probably scratching your head, wondering why someone would want to use potato flakes. The simple answer is it’s gluten-free. But before we venture down that road, let’s get you a recipe you can use with your starter. If you received a cup of starter from your friend and you really didn’t want to “grow” your starter you can go ahead and make up two loaves of bread with the following recipe:
With your one cup of batter (starter, or “finisher” as though it were) placed in a bowl, and although at this point you don’t need to place the batter in a non-metal bowl. I would suggest you do, especially if you’re like me, you need to keep the same routine with the process or you get messed up. I’ve been given several bread recipes and they all are about the same, this one is from Rebecca Molema. To your one cup Amish Friendship Bread starter add:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 or 2 small boxes of instant pudding (any flavor – chocolate or vanilla are good!)
- Optional– 1 cups raisins or chopped nuts
Mix together in a bowl.
Preheat your oven to 325°. This recipe will make two large loaf pans of bread or four mini loaves. Spray two large loaf pans. Divide the batter evenly into the two bread pans, place the loaf pans in the oven. Bake for one hour, test with a toothpick for doneness as well as the bread pulling away from the sides of the pan. Cool, slice, and enjoy!
Check out these great websites for additional recipes and inspiration:
- This site, hands down, is the bible for Amish Friendship Bread https://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/recipe-amish-friendship-bread/
- One of my favorite recipe hubs: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/6856/amish-friendship-bread-i/
- Martha Stewart gets in on the action as well: https://www.marthastewart.com/318840/amish-friendship-bread
- Wouldn’t do without a Taste of Home either: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/sharing-amish-friendship-bread-new-favorite-tradition/
- Good to pin at: https://www.pinterest.com/meltdown/amish-friendship-bread/
Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free, Amish Friendship Bread Starter
This friends is a bit more involved and “putzy”. It’s going to require you to ferment as well as store it IN the refrigerator for a few days. Time and Room! I like to give people warnings- consider yourself warned. You will need to wheel on over to https://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/potato-flake-starter-afb/. Ms. Darien is the QUEEN of Amish Friendship Bread, if you doubt me spend some time on her website.
Darien has put some serious time into developing recipes for using Amish Friendship Bread Starter. She has recipes for:
- biscuits, buns, and rolls
- artisan bread
- cinnamon rolls and twists
- crackers and crisps
- granola bars
- monkey bread
- pancakes and waffles
- pie crust
- pizza dough
Darien was entrepreneurial enough to have expanded her expertise into crock-pot Amish Friendship Bread as well as bread machine Amish Friendship Bread. Her books can be purchased as an instant download, and if you really want to get into AFB, you can order a planner as well. That way you’ll be able to keep track of all your starters growing away in your kitchen. You’ll be a “mad scientist” of sorts…
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Till next time friends, here is to good food, good friends and a good life!
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.