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Bev's Country Cottage Friendship Bread - when sharing this bread be sure to print out this page to give to them-
(I first received this years ago in Upper Michigan when a bunch of started sharing it with other ladies from Church.)
1 cup *starter
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
(I often add fun ingredients like dried fruit, raisins, chopped almonds, nutmeg, etc., to spice it up.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into 2 well greased and sugared loaf pans. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until done. Cool 20 minutes
before removing from pans.

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup cup milk
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
Note: DO NOT use metal bowls or spoons and DO NOT refrigerate.

Dissolve yeast in small amount of body temperature water.  Mix all ingredients together in a medium-large sized bowl or jar (it WILL grow).
This is Day 1 of the starter.

Day 1: The day you receive the starter - Do nothing.
Day 2, 3, 4: Stir with wooden spoon.
Day 5: Add 1 cup each - flour, sugar, milk. Stir.
Day 6, 7, 8: Stir with wooden spoon.
Day 9: Do nothing.
Day 10: Add 1 cup each - flour, sugar, milk. Stir.
Pour into 3 containers that have a bit of ventilation (1 cup each).  I use those 'Glad Plastic square containers' but you could use canning jars with plastic wrap on the top. Give 2 containers to friends along with this recipe. Keep 1 cup for yourself.

Store the remaining starter in a container in the refrigerator and begin the 10 day process over again when ready. You can freeze this starter in 1 cup measures if you wish. Let Frozen starter thaw for at 3 hours at room temperature before you use it.


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