Amish Friendship Bread and Starter

Amish Friendship Bread and Starter

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour


Place sugar, milk, and flour in large glass or plastic bowl. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and set on your counter at room temperature. Stir with a wooden spoon everyday for 17 days. On day 18 do nothing. On days 19, 20, and 21, stir. On day 22, add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup flour, and stir again. On days 23, 24, 25, and 26 stir. On day 27, add 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup sugar and stir. It's now ready to use to make the bread. Give away two cups of the starter to two friends, use one to make the bread, and keep one to keep the starter going. When you give away a cup of the starter, give these directions for keeping it going and recipes for using it. Keeping a starter going once started: Do not refrigerate Do not use metal spoon or metal bowl Do not cover tightly-cover loosely with plastic wrap Day 1-do nothing Day 2-Stir with wooden spoon Day 3-Stir with wooden spoon and place in a bowl large enough to hold thru Day 10 Day 4-Stir Day 5-Stir Day 6-Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, milk Day 7-Stir Day 8-Stir Day 9-Stir Day 10-Add 1 cup each: flour, sugar milk, stir and put 1 cup mixture into each of 3 containers. Keep one (with recipe) for yourself and give other 2 (with instructions sheet on how to keep the starter going and the recipe for using it in bread) to friends. AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD 1 cup oil 1/2 cup milk 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 box (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix 1 cup chopped nuts cinnamon sugar (~1 tablespoon cinnamon to 1/4 cup sugar) Mix oil, eggs, and vanilla with the starter mix. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, vanilla pudding mix, and nuts. Add to liquid mixture and stir thoroughly. Pour into two large well-greased 9x5 inch loaf pans, or one Bundt pan, that have been sprinkled with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and flour. Sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar on the tops of the unbaked loaves (or cake). Bake at 325F for one hour or until done.

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I'm confused...usually all the recipes I've seen use self rising yeast in the starter dough. Will this work without the yeast. I'd hate to mess up using so many ingredients!


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