March 21, 2013

Tasty Idea for a Favor!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by JBEvents

Planning a gathering of close friends ~ maybe a Bridal Shower, Baby shower, Ladies Tea, Small-group meeting, Cooking Club meeting or just a lunch with your best friends ~ whatever the occasion  with a little pre-planning, you can give your guests a take-away that will provide a yummy reminder of the special occasion!!

A perfect way to show your friends they are special, is to share with them a Friendship Bread Starter.  The pre-planning is for making enough of the starter to have for each guest in attendance.  It would be best to have a finished product for everyone to enjoy at the gathering and then surprise them all with a jar of their own starter along with the Directions and Recipe to take home with them.  They will be sure to think of you every time they enjoy the fruits of their labor while also allowing them to share a starter with others in their circle of friends.  It’s a great way to show a kind gesture that can keep on giving!

I’ve participated in several of the “Starters”, but really love the Amish Friendship Bread as it has a dense texture and sweet flavor.  I would often eat a slice for breakfast warmed up with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar or serve as a dessert.  You can also make variations of the recipe by adding chocolate chips or dried fruit.  So many options!!

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter


Original recipe makes 4 cups of starter

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

3 cups white sugar, divided

3 cups milk


1.    In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.


  • Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One.   You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

  The Recipe

Important Note: Don’t use metal spoons or equipment. Do not refrigerate. Use only glazed ceramic or plastic bowls or containers.

Required Main Ingredient

1 cup live yeast starter (see above)

day 1:

Do nothing with the starter.

days 2-5:

Stir with a wooden spoon.

day 6:

Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.

days 7-9:

Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 10:

Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.

1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 – (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well-greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.


I hope you enjoy this personal Favor/Treat for your special gathering of friends!!



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