My kids love this. My daughter received her first batch a couple of years ago and then about 6 months ago we received another batch. Since then we have been making it periodically and passing it along. It tastes delicious.
Amish Friendship Bread
To make a Starter Batch: In a plastic bowl (do not use metal anything) place 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and blend together. Do not refrigerate. Put the mixture into a large gallon size bag. If any air gets into the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to thicken, bubble and ferment.
Day 1: This is the day you receive the batter – so do nothing. (if you are the one preparing it, this is the day you would hand it out to others having been made that morning.)
Day 2: Squeeze the bag to mix the batter.
Day 3: Squeeze the bag.
Day 4: Squeeze the bag.
Day 5: Squeeze the bag.
Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk right into the bag, careful for any leaks or tears. Mix the contents by using a spatula or by squeezing the bag.
Day 7: Squeeze the bag.
Day 8: Squeeze the bag.
Day 9: Squeeze the bag.
Day 10: In a large plastic bowl, combine the batter, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk.
With a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients together. Pour four (4) 1-cup starters into large ziplock bags. Keep one starter for yourself, and give the other three starters to your friends along with a copy of these instructions. To the remaining batter in the bowl, add 1 cup of oil, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 large eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 2 small boxes of vanilla pudding (the powder stuff).
In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar and cinnamon to create a cinnamon sugar mix.
Grease two loaf pans. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture into the bottom and on sides. Pour the batter into the pans. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Eat and enjoy!