Sunday, January 03, 2010

Amish Friendship Bread

FRIENDSHIP STARTER:
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk

BREAD:
1 cup Friendship Starter
2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c sugar

FRIENDSHIP STARTER DIRECTIONS:

Day 1: Make the starter dough using 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk. Stir the mixture. Do not use metal spoons or mixers. Use a glass or plastic bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with a paper towel, cloth, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Do not refrigerate the mixture. Keep at room temperature.

Days 2,3,4: Stir the mixture down once each day with a wooden or plastic spoon.

Day 5: Add 1 cup each of sugar, flour and milk. Stir.

Days 6,7,8,9: Stir once each day.

Day 10: Add 1 cup each of sugar, flour and milk. Remove 3 cups of the mixture and give 1 cup each to three friends to make Amish Friendship Bread.

BREAD: Mix all the ingredients well with a wooden spoon. Pour into 2 well-greased and sugared bread loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. This freezes very well. Great to give as a gift.

NOTE: Raisins, chopped apples, drained crushed pineapple, dates, chopped nuts or chocolate chips may be added to the batter before pouring into the pans. Use 3/4 cup of whatever you desire to add.

Yield: 2 Loaves

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