>> Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread gets its name from the fact that your friends will eventually be baking your batter in their kitchen! Here's how it works:

day1>>receive a starter from a friend.
Sorry, if you think I'm going to send you one you're out of luck. :) It would make for a pretty pathetic giveaway. "...Follow my blog via gfc and you could win one cup of Amish Friendship Bread batter!..." Okay anyway, you're going to have to start with the recipe below.

(Amish Friendship Bread Starter)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. warm milk

Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with warm water for about ten minutes and stir. In a separate bowl combine the flour and sugar. Stir in the warm milk and then stir the batter into the yeast mixture. Seal in a 1 gal. ziplock bag.

day2>>squeeze the bag
day3>>squeeze the bag
day4>>squeeze the bag
Seeing a pattern here? :)
day5>>add: 1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. milk
day6>>squeeze the bag
day7>>squeeze the bag
day8>>squeeze the bag
day9>>squeeze the bag
This is getting old.
day10>>add: 1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. milk
Now, scoop out 1 c. of batter and place in another 1 gal. ziplock bag. Repeat with two more ziplock bags. You now have three starters for friends. You can also keep one of them if you'd like to bake the bread again.
Pour the 1 cup of batter left in the original bag into a bowl. Add:
2/3 c. oil
3 eggs
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1-1/2 t. cinnamon
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
Beat by hand until well blended. Add 1 c. raisins and 1 c. nuts (optional).
Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.
Bake for @ 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Glaze with more butter and sugar if you dare!
There are about twenty-five variations others have come up with. Google them if for some crazy reason you happen to get tired of the original!

NOTE: Do NOT use metal in the starters at all!

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