Amish Friendship Bread and Starter

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Serves: 12 or more
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3 c sugar
3 c flour
3 c milk
1 c active starter (amish bread)
2/3 c cooking oil
3 large eggs
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 c sugar

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JoSele Swopes Recipe
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Member Since Aug 2010
JoSele's notes for this recipe:
I used to make this years ago and could not find the recipe for the starter..Finally I found it again..This is a great sharing recipe...Pass on to friends and family..Great gift for the holidays. Put in a jar and decorate the jar with gingham and a ribbon...I hope everyone will enjoy this recipe it is fun to do...
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The bread is delicious and moist and more of a cake than a bread.I do a half recipe of starter if I don't have anyone to give it to. I print the recipe out and tie it to a decorated jar full of starter and tuck it into a basket of muffins or a loaf cake.
Serves/Yields 2 loaves or about 24 muffins
To lower the fat, I use 1/3 cup oil and 1/3 cup applesauce*
Step: 1

On Day 1: In glass or plastic bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk. Stir mixture with wooden or plastic spoon (don't use metal spoon or electric mixer). Cover bowl loosely with paper towel, cloth, wax paper or plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature (don't refrigerate).
On Days 2, 3 and 4: Using a wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.
On Day 5: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk; stir.
On Days 6, 7, 8 and 9: Using wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.
Step: 2 On Day 10: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk.
Remove 3 cups of mixture and give 1 cup each to three friends, use glass containers only.. Save remaining starter for yourself.
Step: 3
For the Bread:
In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Grease 2 9"x5" loaf pans. Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.To make muffins, bake in lined cup cake pans for 25 to 30 minutes.
NOTE: Raisins, chopped apples, dried cranberries or cherries,drained, crushed pineapple, candied fruit, coconut, mashed banana, dates, chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips (1/2 cup each) may be added to batter before baking.

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user JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Sep 9, 2010
This is more than a recipe - it's a way of thinking. In our hi-tech world almost everything comes prepackaged and designed for instant gratification. So where does a recipe that takes ten days to make fit in? Maybe it's a touch stone to our past - to those days not so very long ago when everything we did took time and where a bread that took 10 days to make was not as extraordinary as it seems today.
When you've made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called "friendship bread". It makes a great homemade birthday and Christmas present. Church groups and hospitals have spread a lot of love and cheer by making Amish Friendship Bread for their members. Many people make it regularly just because it tastes so good!

When giving the starter as a gift give the recipient a copy of the recipes...Put on a recipe card punch hole in card tie ribbon around jar and attach...
user Donna Brown gabbiegirl - Sep 9, 2010
I love making Amish Bread, JoSele. I made so much that I had to stop for a while and freeze my starter. I'm going to take it up again for fall after the kitchen makeover is completed. My daughter is still making it and I ate some banana at her house this week. We love the different flavors. My son's favorite is Banana, I love Cherry Cheesecake, my husband loves the Apple Cinnamon, my grandson likes the plain or the chocolate, etc. A friend made pumpkin Amish Bread that was delicious. I made muffins once that were so pretty. It is limitless as to what you can make with it. What kind is your picture, it looks so good?
user JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Sep 9, 2010
Cranberry Nut with orange zest................I have always loved this and lost the starter, was so happy to get it back,,I have the yeast starter posted too. Yeast-Amish Friendship Bread Recipe and Starter ...
user JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Sep 9, 2010
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