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Amish Friendship Bread

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This delicious recipe is courtesy of Mary Bodor. Note: Do not use metal cooking utensils, bowls, or baking pans with this recipe, since they will interfere with the fermenting process.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, July Summer 2008
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  • Tyrel Harness
    1 MAY, 2014
    Can anyone tell me if you can use dry cake mix instead of flour? I have a couple of very large, almost "industrial" size boxes of dry cake mix leftover from a dinner at my Church. The mix is just an "add water and bake" kind of thing. I'm just trying to find a way to use it all up within this decade!
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  • ruby n jingo
    10 DEC, 2012
    I love this recipe---I add red or black raspberries, applesauce for the oil, blueberries, you name it!!! Great for gifts!! I also keep and use two cups for the baking instead of one--better quality bread!!!
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  • Alabaxter
    18 OCT, 2008
    BEWARE - if you don't plan on doing bake sales, giving breads, muffins, and mix away to friends - this will soon consume your frig and freezer. That is if you are using just the plain old fashioned Amish Friendship Bread.
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  • tjbaker
    14 SEP, 2008
    I really like this, but I don't make the bread. I make giant muffins. Just shorten the baking time. I add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, this is a favorite with all my friends. I have made plain lemon, also. Substitute lemon pudding. I am next going to try apple slices.
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  • Hamish1
    9 AUG, 2008
    I found this recipe to be way too sweet. The amount of sugar is extraordinary. I also don't think Amish use pudding mix in traditional bread recipes. I mashed a banana, cut back the sugar and used turbinado sugar for more flavor, kicked up the baking soda a little and mixed flour, cinnamon, butter and oatmeal for a struesel topping. MUCH BETTER! The bread was great and now I plan to use this mix to make zuchinni bread. I also did a batch using applesauce for flavor and different spices.
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  • 3girlsmama
    3 AUG, 2008
    I've decided that there's not really any way to ruin this bread. So many of us have different ways of doing it and they all come out wonderfully. I've fudged on my days and it always works. And I've let my batter sit in a stainless steel bowl with its lid on and still the bread turned out fine. I haven't tried making my own starter yet but I think I will just to see if it works. If Martha's simple starter is correct then I don't know why it's been such a secret all these years.
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  • nodms
    2 AUG, 2008
    I tried to figure out why my starter has not started fermenting after 6 days. I did a search on the internet. Most recipes require yeast, but I am convinced this recipe does not. I found a recipe with the same ingredients as this one except the time for creating the original starter is different... instead of a ten day process, it requires a 27 day process giving the starter time to mature. The 10 day process is continues from there: http://homeparents.about.com/cs/recipescooking/a/amish.htm
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  • whynotme
    1 AUG, 2008
    So I searched the internet and decided to try it one more time before I gave up. I went to the store and bought some Dry Active Yeast mixed it with n n n n cup Luke warm water. Let it sit approx 10 minutes (you will see it start to rise in the cup) I made another Fresh starter with 1 cup All purpose Flour, 1 cup Sugar, 1 cup Milk Mix well. Then add in the liquid Yeast and Mix well. I fixed mine just before I went to bed around 10pm and by 8am the bag looked like it was going to burst. Finally!
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  • whynotme
    1 AUG, 2008
    So I searched the internet and decided to try it one more time before I gave up. I went to the store and bought some Dry Active Yeast mixed it with n n n n cup Luke warm water. Let it sit approx 10 minutes (you will see it start to rise in the cup) I made another Fresh starter with 1 cup All purpose Flour, 1 cup Sugar
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  • whynotme
    1 AUG, 2008
    So I searched the internet and decided to try it one more time before I gave up. I went to the store and bought some Dry Active Yeast mixed it with n n n n cup Luke warm water. Let it sit approx 10 minutes (you will see it start to rise in the cup) I made another Fresh starter with 1 cup All purpose Flour, 1 cup Sugar
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