How to Make Friendship Bread

  • 01 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Days One Through Five

    2010 Friendship Bread - The Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - The Starter. 2010 Friendship Bread - The Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Day One is the day that the bag is received. On Days Two through Day Five, the bag is carefully shaken. Be sure to securely hold the resealable end of the bag while shaking and/or kneading. If air builds-up in the bag, open it to release it. Reseal the bag.
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  • 02 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Day Six

    2010 Friendship Bread - Add to Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - Add to Starter. 2010 Friendship Bread - Add to Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Day Six is the day that the starter is "fed" or added-to. Add 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk. Again, carefully shake the bag to mix in the newly added ingredients.
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  • 03 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Mix the Ingredients

    2010 Friendship Bread - Ingredients in Bag Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - Ingredients in Bag. 2010 Friendship Bread - Ingredients in Bag Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Shake and/or knead the bag to fully mix in the recently added ingredients.
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  • 04 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Days Seven Through Nine

    2010 Friendship Bread - Knead Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - Knead Starter. 2010 Friendship Bread - Knead Starter Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    The bag is shaken and/or kneaded on Days Seven, Eight and Nine. Release any additional air as necessary.
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  • 05 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Day Ten

    Friendship Bread - Stir Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - Stir Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com. Friendship Bread - Stir Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Dump the ingredients into a plastic or other non-metal bowl. Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk. Stir until combined.
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  • 06 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Day Ten Continued

    Friendship Bread - Divide Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Friendship Bread - Divide Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com. Friendship Bread - Divide Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Measure out one cup of starter into one of three large resealable bags. Give these to your friends along with the directions. The remaining starter is used to make the bread.

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  • 07 of 07

    Making Friendship Bread - Bread Baking Day

    2010 Chocolate Friendship Bread Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Chocolate Friendship Bread. 2010 Chocolate Friendship Bread Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Follow the below recipe to make basic Friendship Bread. From this point forward, the Friendship Bread is made similar to a traditional quick bread.

    2 cups flour
    1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 cup sugar
    1 (5 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
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    1 cup vegetable oil
    1/2 cup milk
    3 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
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    1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans. Combine the first set of...MORE ingredients (from flour to under pudding mix) under Basic Bread Recipe in a large bowl with a wire whisk. In a medium bowl, combine the second set of ingredients, from vegetable oil to vanilla. Mix well. To the dry ingredients, add the leftover starter and wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the nuts. Carefully, pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour.