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Amish Friendship Starter For Bread

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Why I Love This Recipe

When I was growing up this was passed around in our church. Everytime we had dinner on the ground, we'd have lots of friendship bread, & not one the same!! All good with it's own tastes.

My Grandmother Clouse gave me this recipe & a cup of starter when I was 15, for my first loaf. I don't have her starter anymore, that was in 1971. But here you can start your own starter. Enjoy!

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
Amish Friendship Bread
1-cup starter
2/3-cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda


For the starter:

Combine the ingredients in a large deep glass or plastic container.

Cover lightly. If the container has a lid, leave it slightly ajar or

place a piece of cheesecloth over the container and secure with a

rubberband. Store at room temperature.

Stir every day for 17 days.

On day 18 do nothing.

On days 19, 20 and 21 stir.

On day 22, stir and add 1cup of flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.

Stir again.

On days 23, 24, 25, and 26 stir.

On day 27 add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Stir.

You should now have about 4 cups of starter. Give 2 friends each 1 cup

and keep 2 cups for yourself. Use 1 of the two cups in the Amish

Friendship Bread recipe and use the other to keep the starter going.

When you give the starter away, include these instructions:

Keeping a starter going: Do not refrigerate and do not use a metal

spoon when stirring the starter.

On day 1 (the day you receive the starter), do nothing,

On days 2, 3 and 4 stir.

On day 5 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and cup milk. Pour mixture

into large glass mixing bowl; cover lightly. The mixture will rise.

On days 6, 7, 8, and 9 stir.

On day 10 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir.

Give 2 friends each 1 cup. Keep for yourself 1 cup to make Friendship

Bread and one cup to keep the starter going.

For the Friendship Bread:

Use the recipe above and add your choice of raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, apples, dates, coconut etc.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place batter in 1 or 2 well greased and sugared 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Use 2 if you add alot of things to batter & it fills the pan over half full. Bake at 350*F for 45-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I just want to say thanks to whoever put the recipe in for friendship bread. My
Mom and I have been looking everywhere for it. Now we can both make it and give it to our friends. Maybe I will make it first and give some to my Mom because she is my best friend .Thanks again and God bless.

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