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    Amish Friendship Bread

    Our whole home smells like cinnamon! I'm finally making it again. I usually make it every 10 days. However, due to my recent work schedule, I'm late in making this delightful treat. My younger dd is getting cranky without her Amish Friendship Bread fix!

    I've made it with vanilla pudding mix and occasionally with chocolate. Although the family will eat whatever I make, their preference is with vanilla. Have you ever tried it? If not, it really tastes like thick cinnamon bread.
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    I have made it, and it is delicious. After making it a lot, my family got tired of it, so I didn't save any of the starter. It is good, and fairly simple to make!!
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    What is the recipe for the Amish Friendship Bread?
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    Made this delightful bread years ago. I too, made it so frequently that the family tired of it. I would do like the amish, make the bread, share a loaf with a neighbor or friend, and give them some starter with the recipe. I soon had the entire neighborhood making Friendship Bread.

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    If someone has the starter...
    Day 1 Label and date the gallon size storage bag
    Day 2 Mush the bag
    Day 3 Mush the bag
    Day 4 Mush the bag
    Day 5 Mush the bag
    Day 6 Add 1 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 c milk - Mush the bag to mix ingredients
    Day 7 Mush the bag/burp as needed (let the air out)
    Day 8 Mush the bag/burp as needed
    Day 9 Mush the bag/burp as needed
    Day 10 Baking Day

    * Pour the entire bag into a non-metal mixing bowl
    * Add 1 1/2 c milk, 1 1/2 c sugar, 1 1/2 c flour, mix well
    * Measure out 1 c of batter into 4 separate gallon sized ziplock bags (should have 4 c missing from
    your bowl). Give 3 bags to friends, keep one as a charger for your next batch.
    * Preheat oven to 325*
    * Add the following to the remaining batter:
    * 3 eggs * 1 c oil * 1/2 c milk
    * 1 c sugar * 2 t cinnamon * 1/2 t vanilla
    * 1 1/2 t baking powder * 1/2 t baking soda * 1/2 t salt
    * 2 c flour * 1 large box (or 2 small boxes) vanilla pudding

    Grease 2 loaf pans. Mix additional 1 t cinnamon and ~1/4 c sugar in small bowl. Dust greased pans with 1/2 of the mixture. Pour batter into the pans. Sprinkle the rest of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.

    Bake 1 hour or until done. It takes me 1 hour and 35 minutes in our gas oven. Cool bread loosens from the pan.

    NOTE- if you keep a starter, you'll be making 2 loaves every 10 days. It makes great gifts and it freezes well. Freezing your starter bag works too, so you can do it when you are ready for the next batch. Good luck!
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    this is the starter from about.com

    On Making Friendship Bread
    Please Note:
    For a successful fermentation process, the starter cannot come in contact with any metal (spoons, bowls, etc.)
    Prep Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
    1/4 ounce envelope active dry yeast (apprx. 2-1/4 teaspoons)
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup flour
    1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F.)
    Four 1 gallon-sized resealable plastic bags

    Preparation:
    In a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup warm water. Add yeast. Allow yeast to dissolve. This takes about 10 minutes. Stir to combine. Set aside. In a large non-metal bowl, combine sugar and flour with wire whisk. Slowly add milk and then yeast. Stir until combined.

    Place 3/4 cup of the starter in each of the plastic bags. (The excess will go into the bag you're keeping.) Give the other 3 bags to friends with a copy of these instructions. This is Day One of the Amish Friendship Bread instructions.

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    Going to start my batter today! Do you use instant or regular pudding?

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    I use to make this years ago oldest DD got the starter from someone. I got tired of making it and just stopped. I don't have three people who would want to make it. Keeping the three extra bags would make too much for us two.
    It was very good.
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    Try this with 2 mashed bananas and chocolate instant pudding. Leave out the cinnamon. Fantastic!!
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    Instant dry pudding mix only!!! Jingle, I experienced a challenge finding people to take the starter. So, I chose to either throw some batter away, or decrease the amount of ingredients.

    Mary quilting, thanks for posting the recipe for the starter! Some people even add nuts!
    Go forth and sew!

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