Monday, October 5, 2009

Friendship Bread

These cool October days and evenings are putting me in the mood to bake. My husband and I are dieting so we don’t need to eat a lot of baked goods so I like to share with my friends and family and coworkers. Amish Friendship Bread is a perfect recipe for sharing. You make up a starter and for ten days you stir or add flour, sugar, or milk to it. After 10 days, you separate it into 4 portions and give 3 portions away with a delicious bread recipe. Here is the recipe:

Amish Friendship Bread


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.

Days 1-4: Stir.
Day5: Add 1 cup each: flour, sugar, milk.
Day 6: Stir.
Day 7-8 Do nothing.
Day 9: Stir.
Day 10: Add 1 cup each: flour, sugar, milk. Stir and separate into 4 cups and give 3 away.

Refrigerate or add remaining cup to:

2/3 cup oil
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp. baking powder

Grease and sugar (as if flouring) two bread pans. Pour batter evening into pans. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not over bake. Add fruit or nuts if desired.

Or you can start the 10 day cycle over again.

This would be a good way to make some new friends. Give some to your neighbors too.

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