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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 183.0
  • Total Fat: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.6 mg
  • Sodium: 148.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 39.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g

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Healthier Version of Amish Friendship Bread

Submitted by: BJMOOMEY
Healthier Version of Amish Friendship Bread

Introduction

This is made with a starter, like sour dough bread, but is not sour.
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Calculations were made using all applesauce, plain soy milk, and sugar free pudding mix and without the optional ingredients.
This is made with a starter, like sour dough bread, but is not sour.
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Calculations were made using all applesauce, plain soy milk, and sugar free pudding mix and without the optional ingredients.

Number of Servings: 16

Ingredients

    Important preparation tips:
    § Do NOT use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing
    § Do not refrigerate
    § If air gets in bag; let it out
    § It is normal for batter to thicken, bubble and ferment
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    Day 1: You receive fermented batter in a one-gallon Ziploc bag. Do nothing; just place the bag on the kitchen counter.
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    Day 2-5: Squeeze the bag several times.
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    Day 6: Add 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup soy milk. Squeeze the bag several times to mix.
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    Day 7-9: Squeeze the bag several times.
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    Day 10: In a large glass or plastic (non-metallic) bowl, combine the batter with 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup soy milk. Mix with wooden or plastic spoon. Pour four 1-cup starters into three or four one-gallon Ziplock bags. Give these starters away to family or friends with a copy of these instructions.
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    Bread:
    To the remaining batter (which should be approximately 1 cup) in the bowl add:

    1 cup of applesauce
    (or you can use canned pumpkin instead, but refigure the nutritional values)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 ½ tsp baking powder
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    ½ tsp baking soda
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp cloves (optional, depending on flavor of pudding used)
    1 cup sugar
    3 large eggs
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ cup soy milk (You can use chocolate soy milk with chocolate pudding for more chocolate flavor)
    1 large (or 2 small) box of instant pudding (regular or sugar-free). (Try banana cream pudding, butterscotch, white chocolate, pistachio, or chocolate)
    2 cups nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc. (optional)

Directions

To 1 cup starter add remaining bread ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. Stir to combine. Pour into 2 well greased or sprayed loaf pans, 1 well greased or sprayed bundt pan, or 16 well greased or sprayed muffin cups. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes (muffins), 45 (loaf pans), or 60 minutes (bundt pan) or until done.
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Yield: 2 loaf pan cakes, 1 bundt cake, or 16 muffins (Two muffins equals one serving!)
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Up to 2 cups of raisins, nuts, apples, crushes pineapple, cherries, etc. may be added if desired. This also makes dozens of delicious muffins if baked in well greased or sprayed muffin tins.
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Optional: In a separate bowl mix 1 tsp cinnamon and 3 Tbs sugar. Sprinkle into well-greased pans before pouring batter into pans. This may also be mixed with 1 Tbs butter or butter substitute such as SmartBalance and used to create a struesel version by putting half of batter into pan(s), sprinkling struesel mixture over batter, and topping with remaining batter and balance of streusel mixture before baking.

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If you can't get the starter from a friend, you can make it. The recipe is here:
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=292441


Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BJMOOMEY.






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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used SPLENDA instead of sugar, pistachio pudding mix, no cloves or cinnamon because my family doesn't like those things. I also baked all the mix in a regular cake pan. Pudding makes it very moist and it has a good texture. Good taste even though it uses whole wheat flour. Yummy. - 6/13/08

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    how do I get a starter. interested in using splenda in the final product as well - 4/25/08

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  • I too, would like a recipe using Splenda. I cannot use the original starter because of my husband having diabetes. Anyone have a starter with spenda??? - 9/6/10

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  • The original recipe I got from someone said to add 1.5 cups of sugar, milk, and flour on day 10. The remainder left in my bowl is closer to 2 cups, which I find makes a moister bread. I used cheesecake flavored pudding mix, cherry flavored Craisins, and added a little almond extract and it was good. - 1/24/10

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  • I was given starter a few days ago -- glad to see healthier versions on SP! If I make it into mini-muffins I should be able to freeze them and just pull one out for a treat now & then. Also, the starter freezes well for a few months - each bag makes the bread; start over w/ last bag, if desired. - 6/2/09

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  • My sister just gave me one today - if you just search in Google for the starter, I found an alternative recipe that omits the pudding and milk on MomsWhoThink.com - 4/11/09

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  • I wanted to make an apple cinnamon version instead of the original...could applesauce be used for other ingredients (like eggs and sugar) to give it more apple flavoring? Thanks! - 3/25/09

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  • I am so excited to find a healthier one! I was given a starter bag the week before Christmas and made the "traditional" one, I saved one starter and I am on day 7... will use this healthier version and see if it is good too! THANKS! - 1/5/09

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  • Nice as cake but not really a bread or a diet-friendly snack.
    My kids love it. Now we are stuck with tons of starters.... - 7/22/08

    Reply from BJMOOMEY (1/31/09)
    Yes, it is more of a cake, but the name is traditional.


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  • I feel stupid, maybe I just didn't see it... ok, how and where to you get your starter??? I want to make this really bad. i am in a major cooking mood - 5/17/08

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  • I know a couple of us have put the friendship bread starter recipe here on the site...just do a search for friendship bread starter :) - 4/29/08

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  • Too many no's - 4/26/08

    Reply from BJMOOMEY (1/31/09)
    Too many nos? What does that mean? Did you try it, or merely comment on it?


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  • I googled "friendship amish bread starter" and got several hits. I found this one to be the most basic: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/388/
    Amish_Friendship_Bread_Starter60951.shtml - 4/26/08

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  • I too would like to know how to make the starter, please. - 4/24/08

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  • OKAY,DONE THIS BEFORE,BUT WAS GIVEN THE STARTER!!!I MAY BE REALLY SILLY,BUT HOW DO WE MIX UP THE STARTER???? TO GET STARTED???PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME AN ANS.,WITH OUT REMINDING ME OF MY IGNORENCE...TEEHEEEEEE////////THANKS - 4/21/08

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  • I used Splenda for the sugar in the final mix - worked great! - 4/21/08

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