You need a cup of live yeast starter for this. There are good sourdough starter recipes on Zaar. Important Note: Don't use metal spoons or equipment. Do not refrigerate. Use only glazed ceramic or plastic bowls or containers. For more variations to the original bread recipe, see www.armchair.com/recipe/amish/amshvar2.html or www.armchair.com/recipe/amish/amishvar.html
For the starter
- 1 cup amish starter or 1 cup sourdough starter
- 3 cups flour (divided)
- 3 cups sugar (divided)
- 3 cups milk (divided)
For the Last Day of the Starter
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
To Make 2 Loaves of Bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 (5 1/8 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
- 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 ingredients from "For the Last Day of the Starter" and mix well.
- Mix the ingredients "To Make 2 Loaves of Bread" and add to wet ingredients.
- Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
This is delicious sweet bread :) I made two loaf pans, kept one and took one to work with the starters. I didn't even make it to the staff lounge and the 3 starters I took were adopted out. I call this Herman, my directions are play with and feed instead of stir. I also adopt Herman out to other homes that want to bake and share. My directions for the starter are different, but I did follow the directions for making and baking, which turned out a lovely, tastey treat. I have found that you can freeze the starter and on the second day of defrosting would be day one. You also can cut down on feeding so long as the parts are equal. This will save from having sooo many Herman's to adopt out :) on day 6: I feed 1/2 cup of the flour, milk and sugar and then 1/2 cup each on day 10. This cuts back on orpan Herman's, but makes enough to bake and save :) Thank you for posting a delicious recipe that I will fix again.
This is the same bread recipe I have been using and it's simply fabulous. I do admit that I usually sub applesauce for the oil and instead of 1 cup of sugar, I use 1/2 cup Splenda and it's plenty sweet enough for me. I also use sugar free pudding mix. I made this in 2 pie tins (for easy gift giving) and they were perfectly cooked in 50 minutes. Awesome!!! Thanks for posting.
I made this bread pretty much as written, except I used banana cream pudding instead of vanilla and stirred in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. It was moist and had great sweet flavor and the top has a great sort of crispy chewy quality, kind of like the top of a crumb cake. I think this is the best version I've tasted of this bread. Thanks!