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Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.

This delicious bread is named in honor of an Amish tradition.  The Amish pass bread on to friends and those in need.  I got my starter from my friend Pam, keeping the chain alive.  You can keep the tradition alive by making the friendship bread for someone you know and include some gourmet treats by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven.

Special Notice:  Do not use metal cooking utensils, spoons, mixers, etc.  No refrigeration. You may use only glass, wood, or ceramic.

1 cup live yeast starter
Day 1:
Leave alone, do not touch the starter bag. 
Days 2-5:
Use a wooden spoon to mix.
Day 6:
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.
Days 7-9: 
          Use a wooden spoon to mix.
Day 10:
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, cracked
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 - (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans.

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (or 163 degrees Celsius) for 1 hour.

The recipe comes to us from Mrs. Norma Condon of Los Angeles, California.

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