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Amish Friendship Bread
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 c warm water (110 degrees F)
3 c white sugar
3 c all-purpose flour
3 c milk
2/3 c vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 c all-purpose flour
1 c white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

To make Amish batter: DO NOT refrigerate - DO NOT use a metal spoon or bowl-Cover with plastic wrap. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix together: 1cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk. Add yeast mixture and stir.

Day 1 - Do nothing; it has been stirred.
Day 2 - Stir (use woodenspoon or plastic).
Day 3 - Stir.
Day 4 - Stir.
Day 5 - Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour.
Day 6 - Stir (use wooden spoon or plastic).
Day 7 - Stir.
Day 8 - Stir.
Day 9 - Stir.
Day 10 - Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour. Stir, then pour 1 cup into 4 large plastic baggies, these are now starters. Give 3 away (let them know which 'day' they're on so they can add ingredients and knead the bag) and keep 1.
To make Friendship Bread: Combine the remainder of the Amish batter with vegetable oil, eggs, 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix. Pour in 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F(175 degrees C) for 50-60 minutes. For variations, add your favorite fruits and/or nuts!
Recipe featured in Bread Daily on 9/05/01.