Sunday, May 23, 2010

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

May 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Do not use metal spoon or bowl for mixing
Do not refrigerate
It is normal for batter to raise, bubble, and ferment
If air gets in the bag, let it out

Day 1 The day you receive the batter, do nothing (this is the day it is baked)
Days 2-5 Squeeze the bag
Day 6 Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, and squeeze the bag
Days 7-9 Squeeze the bag
Day 10 In a large (non-metal!) bowl, combine the batter from the bag with 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mix with wooden spoon or spatula thoroughly.

Now you have two choices: Put 3 one cup starters into gallon ziplock bags, keeping one for yourself and giving two away for friends (with instructions) , following the recipe below, OR only keeping 1 one cup starter for yourself (I just reuse the same bag) and then doubling the recipe.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add the following ingredients to the remaining batter in the bowl:


  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large box instant pudding


  • 2 cups oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbl baking powder
  • 2 large boxes (or 3 small boxes) instant pudding

Pour into 2 large greased and sugared loaf pans. Any extra sugar/cinnamon mixture can be sprinkled on the top of the batter. Bake for 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans. Makes 2 (or 4) loaves.

Vanilla pudding is the basic flavor. Feel free to substitute other flavors, such as lemon, butterscotch, coconut crème, or chocolate. ( I don’t add the cinnamon when making flavors other than vanilla—personal preference) Also, additions of 1 cup chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips are good, too. Using chocolate pudding with chocolate chips tastes just like Costco muffins—yum! Also, muffin pans work great, as does a bundt cake pan. Just be sure to adjust the times. (You can check for doneness by inserting a butter knife into the cake/bread.)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Democrat's 23rd Psalm

Democrat's 23rd Psalm ~by Mark E. Howerter, 1995

May 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm
The government is my Shepherd,
therefore I shall not work.
It alloweth me to lie down on a good job.

It leadeth me beside still factories;
it destroyeth my initiative,
It leadeth me in the path of a parasite
for politic's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley
of laziness and deficit spending,
I will fear no evil, for the government is with me.

It prepareth an economic Utopia for me,
by borrowing from future generations.
It filleth my head with false security;
my inefficiency runneth over.

Surely the government should take care of me
all the days of my life!
And I will dwell in a welfare state forever and ever.