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Amish Friendship Bread

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Suitable for a low-fat diet.


  • 2 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 4 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cup + 1 t sugar
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup hazlenuts, chopped coarse
  • 2 cup dried cherries


Preheat the oven to 350.

In a large non reactive bowl, mix 3/4 cup of the skim milk, the buttermilk, 3/4 cup of the flour, the whole wheat flour, 1 t. sugar, and the yeast.

Set aside for ten minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble. In a large mixing bowl, place the remaining ingredients, except for the hazlenuts and cherries and mix well.

Fold in the nuts and cherries.

Lightly wipe four 10x5x2" inch loaf pans with vegetable oil, divide the dough among the pans and bake for one hour of until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Serving Size: Makes 4 loaves

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