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How I Made More Than $3,000 by Baking and Selling Amish Friendship Bread: Recipe and Complete Instructions

Updated on July 18, 2016

Amish Friendship Bread

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We made over $3,000 selling Amish Friendship Bread! When my Granddaughter (who I later adopted) was a Junior in High School, she announced that her Band class had the opportunity to go to Japan to perform. She was a member of the Color Guard in the band. For those who are not familiar with the Color Guard, it is a drill team made up of performers who practice and perform precise drill exercises. She was Captain of the Color Guard that year, and it was very important for her to go.

The trip would cost $3,000.00 for each student for the seven day trip. That included airfare, food, and housing. The students would stay in a Japanese Host home. This was a rare opportunity for her to travel and see firsthand the customs of the Japanese. The only problem was: we didn’t have money for her to go.

We Decide To Make Amish Friendship Bread

I put on my “thinking cap”. What could we do to make enough money for her to go to Japan? I remembered making Amish Friendship Bread at Christmastime to give as gifts. Everyone bragged about the bread. My friends always ask me to make more for them. The bread is not something you can buy in a store. I found this recipe among my Mother’s collection long after her death. So, my daughter and I decided we would make Amish Friendship Bread and sell it. We had no idea how well it would sell, and I think we were pretty brave to even try.

The Containers We Used To Make The Starter

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We Make The Yeast Starter

A “starter” is necessary first of all. You cannot make the bread without the starter. The starter is made from yeast, and it takes 10 days to complete. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who has some starter, that’s great, otherwise you have to make your own. The reason the Amish called this bread AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD is because they always shared their starter with a friend! The first time I made the starter, I put the ingredients into a large bowl thinking the bowl would contain the rising mix. I was wrong! The next morning, I had starter all over my kitchen counter, and it had spilled out onto the floor. What a mess that was! I then purchased a large plastic container with a lid. That worked really well.

One Of The Containers With A Good Fitting Lid

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Make The Starter

While the starter is “brewing” for the 10 days, your house will smell like a beer brewery! It’s a nice smell, though. I’m going to first tell you how to make the starter:

1 package of Active Dry Yeast, dissolved in 1 Cup of warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot, or you will kill the yeast. I use a candy thermometer. The water should be 100 degrees to 110 degrees. Add another 1 ½ Cup of warm water. Place this mixture into the large plastic container. Always stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. Do NOT use a metal spoon.

To the above add:

2 Cups sifted All Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

Day One: Begin the starter

Day Two: Stir

Day Three: Stir

Day Four: Stir

Day Five: Add 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar, 1 Cup sifted Flour and 1 Cup Whole Milk. Stir until there are NO lumps.

Day Six: Stir

Day Seven: Stir

Day Eight: Do Nothing

Day Nine: Do Nothing

Day Ten: Add 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar, 1 Cup sifted Flour and 1 Cup Whole Milk

After all 10 days are completed, divide the starter into four separate containers. I use a pint size Ziploc bag. This starter freezes well for use later. At this point, the Amish would share their starter with a friend, but I needed all I could make for our bread.

I found it easier to keep up with the days the starter had been brewing by placing a piece of paper on the top of the container and marking off each day. I'd also make a note on my calender.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Two loaves

Ingredients You Need To Make Amish Friendship Bread

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The Wet Ingredients

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Sifted Flour and Sugar

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The Dry Ingredients

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Ready To Make The Amish Friendship Bread

Now, you are ready to make the bread: This recipe will make two regular sized loaves.

In a large bowl: Mix together:

1 Cup of the Starter

1 Cup Wesson Oil

½ Cup Whole Milk

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a separate large bowl, you’ll combine the dry ingredients and mix well:

2 Cups Sifted All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 ½ Teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Box of Instant Vanilla Pudding (a 5.1 oz. box)

½ Teaspoon Salt

I use my big mixer to mix all the ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix together really well.

After it is all mixed well, you add 1 Cup of Chocolate Chips or 1 Cup of chopped Pecans or Walnuts. I would make some of each. Our best seller was the bread with the Chocolate Chips!

Pour into two regular sized loaf pans that have been sprayed with Pam. I use disposable loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The Nuts And Chocolate Chips Are Added

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We Would Cover and Label The Bread

We would then cover the bread tightly with Saran Wrap, and place a sticky label on the top telling what kind of bread it was; Chocolate Chip, Pecan or Walnut. Also we typed on the label this bread is perishable! Keep refrigerated or freeze until you are ready to eat it. It cannot be left out on the kitchen counter! It will spoil quickly! We included our phone number so people could call and order more of the bread. We sold it on a money back guarantee, and no one EVER asked for their money back.

We Reached Our Goal Of $3,000.00 Plus Some Extra

I have to tell you, this bread sold as fast as we could make it. We had a regular assembly line going in my kitchen. I would have 6 separate containers of starter going at any given time, and we were making 8 loaves at one time. We priced our bread at $10.00 per loaf.

We earned enough to send my Daughter to Japan, plus enough to purchase a freezer to hold the extra loaves until they could be sold. The marketing of this bread is another story in itself. We would load up the car in the early morning and go around door to door and sell them. It took us three months of hard work and effort, but we did it.

Soon people were calling to order more bread. We could have had a good little business, but the laws that protect consumers prevented that. We were allowed to sell our bread to friends, but not to the general public unless my kitchen was inspected and passed all the local Health Department requirements. I was tempted to go through all that "red tape", but I decided it would have been too expensive to install special sinks, ovens, and other equipment.

We accomplished what we set out to do by working together to make and sell this bread. My Daughter had an experience she will never forget in Japan with the Color Guard.

I still make this Amish Friendship Bread from time to time, because my family loves it. I always have some starter in my freezer ready to make this delicious bread.

If you don't have a friend who has some starter, and you don't want to make it yourself, check out eBay. Someone on there usually has some for sale.

It's time to make more Amish Friendship Bread

My 17yr. old grandson came home from school last week and announced his Latin Class is planning a trip to Italy next year. He remembered how we earned the money to send his sister to Japan.....

I guess I'll have to bring out the big plastic containers and get started now to make Amish Friendship Bread! It looks like he and I will be busy for quite some time.........

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      daisynicolas 5 years ago from Alaska

      Inspiring story of perseverance. I, too, have a delicious product to sell and am bogged down with legalities. It'll cost a lot of money just to start legit.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Mary

      Loved the recipe and an inspiring hub. Bread looks yummy, no wonder you made so much on it :)

      might give it a try.

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      Round With Raab 5 years ago from South central Wisconsin

      What a GREAT story! Thank you so much for the inspiration. You have a nice writing style and really described well how to make this work. I make pickles, and in Wisconsin, we can make up to 5,000 jars of pickles in our home kitchens and sell the product at farmers' markets. I am thinking I may just do this as well. My mom used to make a Friendship Bread like this. It was called "Herman" because he was alive and growing daily. We loved that bread!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for sharing this - got it bookmarked now and will print off. I have been wanting to make this again but wasn't sure how to do the starter. This hub is just what I needed!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi daisynicholas. Thanks for reading my Hub on how I made money selling bread. I'd still like to start a little business selling this bread, but "they" make it too tough to go by the rules. Good luck with your venture! Regards.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there Ruchira. So nice to see you. I do hope you'll make this. It really isn't hard, once you have the starter. Have a great day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Round with Raab. Thanks for reading my Hub on making and selling Amish Friendshi Bread! Wow! You do really well with your pickles. I can't even sell my bread at our local Farmer's Market because of the Health Dept's rules. I love the name "Herman" cause he grows each day! Thanks again.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Kris Heeter, so glad you're going to make this delicious bread. The starter really isn't hard to make; it just takes time and a little patience. Let me know how you do with it, OK?

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What an incredible story! The recipe is fantastic, too. Congratulations on turning bread-baking into such a successful project. You ended up teaching your daughter an incredibly valuable lesson, too, about goal-setting, hard work, and ingenuity.

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      Momma Mia 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Touching story all the way through! You certainly have a big heart and a beautiful soul!

      always

      wishingUwell

      Mia

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Mary - I am going to try baking this. I love your hub. What a fantastic up-lifting story. Great hub. Voted up and sharing it.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Waw! Congratulations! How very proactive of you, I admire people who have that kind of drive to do things like the one you wrote about in this Hub. I have wanted to sell bake goods many times but I am full of considerations and always think me out of doing it; can’t get myself to simply do it! So good on you!

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a great fundraiser project this is. I see so many students who just go around asking for donations. It's heartwarming to see someone working for it. I can't wait to try this myself. Up and awesome just scratch the surface. God bless!

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Sorry I didn't like this bread..but happy that so many people loved it..

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, livelonger, thanks for taking the time to read and commenting on my Hub about making Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks, too, for the nice compliments. I appreciate that! My daughter and I had a great time working together to accomplish our goal so she could go to Japan. Goodnight

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi trsmd, sorry you didn't like the bread. I would have refunded your money if you bought it from me! Thanks for reading, though. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey there, Momma Mia, Nice to see you! Thanks for reading my Hub on making Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the nice compliments, too. See you again, soon...

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Hi Mary615...congratulations on your very successful fundraiser. I have been given Amish Friendship bread before. It is both fun and delicious.

      BTW, I noticed a tiny glitch as I moused-over your links. Though they are the right links when clicked, in the mouse-over it comes up with hub titles that are unrelated to the subject. I reported it in a forum so that they can fix the problem for you (and possibly others).

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi poetvix, you are SO nice to read my Hub and make such a meaningful comment. I really appreciate that. I think it meant a lot to my Daughter to have taken a part in earning the money for the Japan trip. Thanks too for the votes! I do hope you will make Amish Friendship Bread. Let me know how it turns out for you. Goodnight.

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Was this the recipe hub you were talking about? I usually don't like reading recipe hubs unless they have a nice pic :D. But, this hub was different. It's amazing. You didn't begin with the ingredients and I liked it. Glad you'll made it

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Claudia Tello, thanks for reading my Hub on making money from selling Amish Friendship Bread, and for the nice comment. Yes, we were determined to make this money, and we did! Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, tarajeyaram, how nice of you to compliment me so. I do hope you will try to make this. It really isn't hard, just time consuming to make the starter. Thanks for the votes and for the share, too! See you again, soon....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Well hello, lobobrandon! Yep, this is the one. I'm so glad you read my Hub and liked it. I'm flattered since you don't usually read recipes. Hey, there are some poems I can't bear to read, either (don't tell anyone I said that, OK?) I might still get flagged cause there are lots of Amish Friendship Bread recipes out there! See you in the Forums.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a great hub, very inspiring too. Pity about the red tape but you did what you had to do and your daughter has some great memories of working with you on this project which she will cherish I am sure. The trip to Japan was a great bonus.

      Voted up

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I remember making this bread long time ago. We had so much starter we didn't know what to do with it. We passed it to everyone we could. Loved your story.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Well done, Mary. A very inspiring read. I'm glad you accomplished your mission and more...

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      rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Mary, my hat's off to you!! What an accomplishment. I'm sure the marketing is a whole story all its own. I took some seminar classes, and I remember one of the speakers emphasizing over and over, you need to spend 40% of your time and resources on marketing. He also suggested checking with large churches who may have a commercially rated kitchen, or a restaurant that only serves breakfast and lunch.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, molometer! Thanks for reading my Hub on making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the vote, too! Yes, she and I had a great bonding experience making all that bread! I was so happy she got to go to Japan. She loved it there, and would like to go back someday. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good evening moonlake. So nice to see you. Too bad you didn't put all that extra starter in the freezer. It keeps for a long time. Thanks for the nice compliment on my story about baking and selling the Amish Friendship Bread. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Evening Lady_E good to see you. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I appreciate your doing that! So glad you found my Hub inspiring. Goodnight, friend.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      Cool. Idea. I've never really wanted to ...bake...until now lol :) Thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi rmcrayne, thanks for taking the time to ready my Hub on making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I looked into trying to use a commercial facility to make our bread, but was unable to find one locally that would let us use their kitchen. That would have been perfect. They said their liability insurance would not have covered us if we got injured using their equiptment. Thanks for the nice compliment, too. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Evening, Chelseacharleston, so nice to see you. Thanks for reading and commenting . Hope this does make you want to bake. You'll love this Amish Friendship Bread! See you again...

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      I will have to give this bread a shot. I have never tried to make it before, but love baking bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, tipoague, thanks for reading my Hub on baking and selling bread. If you enjoy baking, you will love this bread. Hope you will give it a try. Making the starter is the hardest part. After you have that, it's a breeze. Goodnight.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I enjoyed reading this hub Mary. Very inspiring and admirable. It just shows what we can do when we need to. It was an enterprising idea and you did it through determination. And what a reward! Your granddaughter was able to go on the trip and you got a new freezer.

      Great hub and voting up

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      What a great way to earn money and fun in the process. Thank you for sharing this great hub..bookmarking for sure..

      Thank you

      Sunnie

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Mary I was looking for this recipe when I posted my hub penny saved. My grandmother and mother kept the friendship bread recipe going for years. So glad you shared.

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      LucidDreams 5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      That's impressive........I like to bake and really enjoy bread. Nice hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rosemay50. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. So glad you enjoyed the read, and thanks for the nice compliment. Yes, she got to go to Japan,and I got a new freezer! Goodnight. I love your avatar!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sunnie Day. It's always nice to see your smiling face! Thanks for taking the time read and comment on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendshi Bread. See you again, soon....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good evening, mljdgulley354, nice to see you! Now you have the recipe. Even though I found this in my Mother's recipes, I don't recall her ever making it. My kids and grandkids love it, and ask for it all the time. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, LucidDreams. If you love to bake, do make this bread. You won't be disappointed in it. Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate that. Bye for now...

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo--you did it! Interesting to learn how, too. :) Thanks for sharing your experience! Voted up and bookmarked.

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Mary615,

      You are truly a wonderful Grandmother. That was a sweet gift of love for her. I hope she enjoyed her trip. The bread looked so good I could almost smell it.

      This is a great Hub. I voted up and awesome.

      Bobbi

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      Fellow Mumbaite 5 years ago from India

      Great job. Appreciate your efforts and the way they paid off:)

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am trying to get over the fact that the starter takes ten days to make ...

      Thank you for the recipe. I might attempt it one day.

      Regarding the whole idea of how to get the money for the trip - I think you did very well! Being creative and dedicated always helps.

      All the best!

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      Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      A very nice and informative hub. I absolutely love making Amish Friendship Bread...but I love it even more when I eat it!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Naa you won't get flagged this is your personal recipe. That way there are so many recipes that aren't original but people write them in their personal way like you did here :). Don't worry your secret is safe as I share in it as well :D

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      A yum yum hub that is really tasty.And in my top list of baking thanks for sharing.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      What a brilliant idea for fundraising, and Amish Friendship Bread is wonderful stuff. I had some at a Mothers of Preschoolers club breakfast a few weeks ago. Delicious! Brilliant hub and brilliant idea!

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      wmhseo 5 years ago from Canada

      It's a great thing that you have earn extra income through baking breads.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, wmhseo, thanks so much for reading my Hub on making and selling bread. We had a great time doing it! Regards

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, leahlefler! So nice to see you today. I'm so glad you have enjoyed this great bread. Thanks for the nice compliment. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, asmaiftikhar, thanks for reading my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I hope you will make this great tasting bread. You will love it. See you again soon....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi lobobrandon, I hope you're right. Have a great day!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning Field-Of-Flowers! So nice to see you today. I'm happy you are familiar with this great Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub. My Grandson saw me working on the Hub yesterday, and he asks when I could make some Chocolate Chip bread!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Mr. Happy! I love your dog! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub. Even though the starter takes 10 days to complete, it is well worth it. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Fellow Mumbaite. Thanks for reading about how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the nice compliment, too. Regards...

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Bobbi, You made my day by your nice compliment on my Hub! The bread smells wonderful when it's cooking, too! We love it warm out of the oven with butter. Thanks for the votes, too. I hope your day is wonderful for you!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, RTalloni, great seeing you today! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. So glad you might make this great bread, and thanks for the votes! See you again soon....

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your are a wonderful mother getting so busy to get her to Japan. Voted up and awesome.

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      What a great idea! I've been trying to think of ways to raise money for my daughter's Spanish Club trip to Cancun, Mexico that costs almost $1500 dollars. Maybe I'll give this a whirl...I'm not much of a baker, though! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi writer20, thanks so much for reading and commmenting on my Hub about making and sellin bread. Thanks, too, for the votes! Bye for now....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, stayingalivemoma. So nice to see you today. Even if you aren't a baker, you could do this. People love the bread, and if they know it's for a good cause, they will help your daughter by buying your bread. You might even sell cookies or something else. Making the bread was the easy part; marketing it was a little more difficult. Fortunately, we had friends who were willing to buy our bread. Good Luck with your effort!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Raising $3,000 dollars sounds like a daunting if not impossible task and you did it! Fantastic, what an inspirational story!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Raising $3,000 dollars sounds like a daunting if not impossible task and you did it! Fantastic, what an inspirational story!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mary,

      I am so glad I saw this article. I LOVE friendship bread! I'm not sure what makes it so wonderful, but it certainly is! Thank you for sharing your recipe that I will bookmark.

      Sharyn

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, MM, Yes we made and sold enough Amish Friendship Bread to send my gal to Japan! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Sharyn's Slant. Thanks so much for reading my Hub on how we earned money from selling Amish Friendship Bread. We sure like it in my family, do hope you'll follow my recipe to make some of your own. Regards.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! What an awesome story of determination and love, plus the bread sounds delicious.

      Have you also written a hub about how your granddaughter became your daughter through adoption?

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, HBN, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I always enjoy seeing you. I wrote a poem, Grandmother's Endless Love, that was about her. It's a long story, and it does get quite personal. Some day, I will write a Hub about how it came to be. I also adopted my Grandson, and another Granddaughter. They have been a joy in my life. Goodnight, friend.

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      My Mom taught all her girls (meaning me being one of them) how to bake bread. It was one of our family traditions, I suppose. There is nothing else like the smell of it wafting through the house. Ummm! I need to bookmark your hub...this recipe. I recently made Amish soft cookies...they are to die for! Thanks for the share. Voted up, useful and interesting. : )

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, girltalksshop, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. You are right, there is nothing greater than the smell of bread in the oven! I'm not familiar with Amish soft cookies. Do you need a starter to make those? Thanks for the votes! Goodnight.

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      John D Wilson 5 years ago from Earth

      Hi Mary,

      Wonderful story!

      One thing that I find very difficult to get during my travels is good bread.

      My mouth was watering at the end of your article!

      Cheers,

      John

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      I have made this bread before, in fact, I have the recipe in my website. When you make the starter, you can cut the recipe in half or fourths so that you have less of it. This is a very, very sweet bread -- almost could call it dessert! A lot of times the various lodges, such as the Elks Lodge, will rent out their kitchens which are commercial kitchens. It's a thought for you. Congratulations on a job well done, done, and redone about 300 times to make that money. That is fabulous! You should be very proud of yourselves!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, John. So nice to see you today. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks, too for the nice compiment. Glad my Hub made your mouth water. Have a wonderful day, OK?

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, BakingBread-101, Thanks so much for reading my Hub, and commenting. You're right, this bread is very sweet, I think that's why everyone loves it so. I never seem to have enough starter, in fact I have some in my freezer right now. I checked with our local schools, lodges, etc. They wouldn't let me use their kitchen because of the liability factors. Said they were afraid we'd get burned or some dumb thing and sue them! I still have people who called this past Christmas and asked if I would make some bread for them to give as gifts! I did make a many loaves this past Christmas. I love making it. Thanks again. Regards

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Mary, I see the makings of some sour-doughin' I'm losing track but my starter is around 11 years old. The bread you made I've bought from Mennonite roadside stands, and it causes a road fight between my dogs and me. I love it, just never chased a recipe. I like bread and it gets made around here 2 times a week. Delores Monet featured a less work Artisan style bread that for sopping plates it is most excellent but I still do a sourdough loaf every week. This recipe looks good and I'll have to pull some starter and give it a go and let you know if I pass or fail.

      My hats off to you two 300 plus loaves of bread is indeed an admirable feat. I have 2 kitchens one is my bread kitchen and stays as clean as I can get it and is in the no dog zone. I cook with a 1952 O'Keeffe and Merritt that my Pa bought new and he taught me to cook on it and our neighbor Mrs. Ortiz taught me Sonoran style Mexican cooking. During the school year I was the breakfast and dinner chef, some how my little brother grew up not being able to boil an egg. I cook for me and the dogs now days and occasional get together and that's out on the spit or smoker with bread and all coming out of the bread kitchen, I've scribbled this recipe out and it's headed for a clip in my spice cabinet. I'm in the midst of 62 degree days of Arizona and go out and play in the dirt and desert most days, but first day coming up I'm going to give this a whirl, sounds like something I'll have to fight the urge to set and eat all at once.

      You set out a fine essay on a great topic, helping the youngsters get a taste of life in the kitchen and learning that great opportunities are often cloaked in a bit of labor and what seems impossible is in reach if your willing to lend an ear to instruction and follow it through. I voted this up high for a multitude of reasons as well as the quality of a well laid writing,

      Blessings,

      50/dust

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, there, 50/dust. So nice to see you today! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub on how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks, too for the nice compliment and the votes! I'm glad you are familiar with this bread, and like it. I've never made sour dough bread like you make. I keep meaning to try that. This bread is sweet, and that's why the kids love it! Why don't you just print out this Hub; then you'll have the recipe when you're ready to bake some? We love this bread warm out of the oven, with butter on it! My daughter and I had a wonderful experience making and selling all this bread. She still talks about it! As I said earlier, I still make the bread and give it to friends. If you live closer, I'd share with you, too. Thanks again for your kind words, I appreciate that!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Mary! It is me again. I found your hub really inspiring and find myself constantly thinking about your story. I am wondering how and where exactly did you sell your Amish bread? How did you advertise or promote it? I would really appreciate it if you could share your sales strategy. I live in another country, whit a different psyche and culture but I am sure I could do something like that where millions and millions of people live, I just need to lose the fear and go for it! Thanks Mary!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Claudia Tello, So glad you read my Hub on how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread. Marketing was the hard part of this whole endeaver. We started out by going to my Granddaughter's friends and families and asking them to buy our bread. They really wanted to help her go to Japan. Then we went into local stores and just asked for sales. One of the local grocery stores let us put a table outside. We put the bread on the table with a sign to explain what we were trying to do. We gave away samples for people to try to see if they liked the bread. Don't be afraid! Just do it. Good luck.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Thanks a lot Mary!!! I really appreciate this information. Once again: you are a true role model for achieving this goal in such a determinate and effective way!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      I am sure that the bread was delicious because it was baked with love.

      Voted up and away.

      Have a good weekend.

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      Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web

      Awesome hub! Rated and voted up :) Thank for inspiring.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sueswan, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Thanks, too for the votes! Always nice to see you. See you again soon....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Spider Girl, Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment. Thanks, too for the votes. Glad you found this inspiring. Regards.....

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the great recipe and glad it all turned out for you. Loved the story of how it paid off in the end.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Gypsy Rose Lee, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I so glad you enjoyed my story about how we did this. It was quite a feat! Hope you are having a nice day!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Mary, you are an inspiration! What discipline and dedication you have exhibited. Marvelous! It's an honor to meet someone like you here on Hubpages. The recipe sounds so good.

      I'm so glad you were able to send your daughter to Japan as well as buy a freezer. My hat's off to you! Voted up.

      vocalcoach~

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, vocalcoach. Thanks for the nice compliments! You made my day! Thanks, too, for the vote, I appreciate that! The recipe is really good for Amish Friendship Bread; do hope you'll try and make it. Goodnight

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Mary. How talented you are, my dear. When you described the starter spilling out of the bowl all over your kitchen, you reminded me of that old Steve McQueen film, 'The Blob.' Did you ever see it? The stuff just kept growing and growing like your starter mix.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, drbj, these are the things in life that make great memories. We still laugh about the starter going all over the floor. The stuff has a life of it's own! I don't know how I missed that movie with Steve McQueen, I'll make a point of watching it. Thanks for taking the time to read my Hub and commenting. See you again, soon...

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Mary - you really inspired me by posting this hub. I have put this hub as one of My Favorite Hubs of the Week: Jan 15.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, tarajeyaram, Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I'm honored that you would think it good enough to be one of your favorites! Kind regards....

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary, you have a grand slam of a hub here. I've tried my hand at bread a few times, but I won't be earning any money from it.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, mckbirdbks! So nice to see you. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Hub. You should try making this bread; you'll be glad you did. Regards....

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Wow, good for you Mary. Determination and positive thinking plus the fabulous Amish Bread really helped you raise $3,000. Your story is inspiring and may just give someone who still thinking about doing something the push they need.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, editorsupemo, nice to see you! Yes, it did take determination, positive thinking, and hard work to make this idea work! I hope my story does inspire others. Regards...

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      mary615 - this story is such an inspiration! It just goes to show that a little creativity, perseverance and hard work truly pays off! What a wonderful lesson for your granddaughter as well.

      Voted up!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there missolive, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the compliment and the vote, too. Regards....

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Mary, what a great inspiring story about what can be accomplished to achieve two meaningful goals, both for your daughter. I remember years ago where I worked, we were all sharing this "starter" bread recipe and we all made a loaf of bread! Great story and hub. I gave you high thumbs up. Thank you.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, ytsenoh, thanks so much for reading about how we baked and sold Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the nice compliment, and for the great votes, too! Maybe you'd like to start another batch of this great bread. Thanks again, regards...

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      My I thought I wasn't going to find that final comment but easy to see why you have so many.

      A true gem and here's to many more to share on here.

      Take care;

      Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Eddy, Thanks so much for readying my Hub on baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I appreciate your nice compliment, too. It was a fun experience for both me and my daughter. Love to you....

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      What an awesome hub!!!!!!! You and your daughter did a wonderful job in baking & selling your Amish Friendship Bread. It sounds like a yummy recipe; all I need is a cup of coffee and my morning paper. It just goes to show that hard work does pay off. I'm so glad that your daughter had a great time in Japan. You probably would have done well if you were to sell your product commercially. Again, I really enjoyed reading your hub!!!!!!!!!!

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I love this bread! I have some starter in my freezer, which I really need to use. I have made it into muffins which is nice as well. I didn't know how to make the starter though; your Hub has been most helpful. Thank you and happy baking!

      Voted up, useful and bookmarked for future reference! Thanks again!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Nina64, thanks so much for reading my Hub on baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Yes, we could have sold much more bread if I could have baked in an approved kitchen. I still have dreams of opening a bakery! So glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. See you again soon, I hope.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      brsmom68, So glad you are familiar with Amish Friendship Bread and have made it. I never made muffins, I'll have to try that. I always keep starter in my freezer in case I want to make some bread. Glad you bookmarked the recipe, so you can make some starter! Thanks so much for the votes! Goodnight.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I tasted bread made from a starter yeast once and it was the best bread I ever tasted, been meaning to start one of my own and now I have a new way of rising and baking from another hub I am all set! Thanks so much.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jackie Lynnley, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. This bread is really delicious as you know if you are familiar with the bread made from this starter. Do hope you will follow my recipe and make starter of your own. Regards....

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will try this and it is great to know you can freeze it since I don't eat a lot of bread and have it more for company although I dearly love it. Homemade soup and a big warm loaf of bread. Nothing better.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, Jackie Lynnley. When I make this bread for my family, I freeze the loaf, then just slice it when we're ready to eat it. We can heat it in the microwave. The starter also freezes well. I keep some in the freezer all the time, and it never goes bad!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wonderful Hub! Glad your bread business went well and your daughter had a good time in Japan, thanks to your hardwork and brilliant idea of selling your trademark bread to your friends! Way to go! Awesome.Vote up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, ishwaryaa22! Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the nice compliment and for the votes, too! Yes, my daughter had an unforgetable trip to Japan. She really liked it there and hopes to go back someday.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mary : you are definitely a hard worker. And that was a brave undertaking. I use to have a home made fudge recipe , but Lord only knows what happened to it. I use to sell fudge out of our gift shop, but I did not go big time with it. God Bless You, and your dear family.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, stars439. Thanks so much for reading my Hub on baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. It's such a pleasure to see your beautiful child's photo. I read all about her on your profile. Also read about your gift shop. You know what hard work and determination is all about! Your blessing is appreciated, and returned many times over. Regards....

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      how-to-make 5 years ago from India

      I like your story, your experience and your recipe. You have pitched a great idea in my mind. I also like making various recipes but yours is amazing.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi how-to-make. So nice to see you. Thanks for reading my Hub on how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread. If you've never made this wonderful bread, I hope you will do so. You will love it! Thanks for the nice compliment,too. Goodnight.

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      What a good idea, good grandma. I just might try the starter your way. I tried it once and had the goo all over the place.

      Kay

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, KDee411. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. So pleased you will try making the starter using my recipe. As I said in my Hub, the first time I made the starter, it went all over the floor. What a mess! Have a wonderful day.

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      Hmmm 5 years ago

      The story started out your granddaughter and ended up your daughter. How is that possible? Are you in Alabama?

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Very easy. I adopted my Granddaughter. As my profile states, I'm from Florida. Goodnight.

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      carbon12 5 years ago

      Wow! The people have spoken. There are so many comments. This wonderful bread is awesome. I can almost smell its fantastic aroma. A great successful venture. Well done! I loved reading this hub, very informative.

      I wonder if the ingredients can be found from other sources besides the local market.

      You got my VOTE UP.

      Have a great day my friend.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, carbon12. So nice to see you today! Thanks for reading about my making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks, too, for the vote. This bread is the greatest: out of the oven with butter is SO good. I think you can get the started from Amazon. That is the toughest part, getting the starter. I hope your day is wonderful for you, too.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, carbon12. I just checked eBay and they do have sellers who are selling the starter.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a great story! I liked the way you wove the details around the recipe. It never was meant to be a recipe hub.

      The bread looks awesome. Loved the pics.

      Voted up, awesome and useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi rajan jolly, so nice to see you today! Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks, too, for the vote. I appreciate that. I hope you have a wonderful day in your far off country.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful story and terrific money raising idea. Your bread looks aswesome, no wonder people were willing to pay $10 a loaf. Gredat photos and marvelous writing. Up, interesting and awesome.

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      nina 5 years ago

      Hello, I liked your story, I would like to try this bread but I live in London UK, can some of those ingredients we can get here vanilla pudding for example ? Can you advice, also was it a bread or a cake ?

      Ta very much

      Nina

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals. Thanks so much for reading my Hub on how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread. Thanks for the votes, too. I appreciate that so much.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the link to your wonderful Amish Friendship Cake!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi nina, I really don't know if you can purchase the instant pudding where you live or not. We call this a bread, but it is sweet like a cake. Good luck.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      I'm from Amish country too. Next trip you could try ShooFly Pie. People seem to really like it. Why? I don't know, but they do.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, PenHitsTheFan (I love that)! I've heard of Shoo Fly Pie. There was a song about that done by the Andrews Sisters years ago, I think. Thanks for reading my Hub about Amish Friendship Bread. Bye for now.

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      donabhatt 4 years ago from Hyderabad

      Such a Great experience.......the idea is also great for people to start with some small venture as well always try something delicious like this at home.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, donabhatt. Thanks for reading about my baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Yes, I would love to have started a home business with this, but I couldn't do that unless I remodled my kitchen to comply with our health department rules on sanitation, etc. I still make the bread for friends, though.

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      guest 4 years ago

      I am not sure I believe this story. First of all who would pay $10.00 a loaf for bread?? That's insane! Even if it is to raise money for a family member to go on a trip. I grumble when bread is much over 3 or 4 dollars. Even in a specialty bakery $6.00 a loaf is about the max. Also to the best of my knowledge Amish Friendship Bread is not a sweet bread, it is traditionally a regular wheat/white bread. Something is just not right with this story.....

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Believe it or not, guest....it is a true story. Amish Friendship Bread is very sweet! Thanks for reading.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      This is awesome. I never knew how to make the starter. I haven't had friendship bread in a long time because I haven't had a friend to give me any. I love this stuff. Good for you finding a way to send your daughter to Japan. I know all too well how expensive the trips can be. 1800 this year for Washington DC for my son and soon if he goes, 4000 for Europe. May not get there though. Voted up and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey TripleAMom. I wish we lived closer (I'm in S. Fl.), I could give you some starter. I keep it in my freezer all the time, cause my family loves this Amish Friendship Bread.

      Wow! you do have some expenses coming up. I only have a 17 yr old son left, but I know trips are coming. I may have to start making some bread!!

      Make yourself some starter and keep some in the freezer, then you will always have it.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey mary, we're about to visit my mother in law in Gainesville, then later in the summer, may be going to the Keys for vacation. Used to go there a lot because my husband is from Miami originally. We lived in Jax before Pensacola, I went to FSU, and my husband went to Stetson in Deland. So, we've travelled Fl. Where in S. FL are you?

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I live in a little place called Palm City (sure you've never heard of it). It's near W. Palm Beach. Sounds like you've been all over the state of Fl.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      I haven't heard of it but my husband probably has. We're here in N. Florida. I have a hub on Pensacola. It's beautiful up here, but you can't go wrong in Florida in my opinion. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, TripleAMom, I'll look for your hub on Pensacola. My husband went to the University in Gainesville. I just remember it was cold in the winter!

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      Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Can someone please tell me what Wesson Oil is as we don't have it here in the UK?

      And how much yeast is in your packets? And do you need the fast action dried yeast or just the normal dried yeast?

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Eileen Goodall. Sounds like you are ready to make some Amish Friendship Bread! First of all, Wesson Oil is a brand of salad oil that I just happen to like. I'm sure you folks there in the UK have a product that you use in salads that is oil. Any good salad oil will do fine.

      Now the yeast: I use Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast. It is fast acting. Each packet contains 2 and 1 quarter teaspoons (1/4 oz) Yeast also comes in other forms such as a solid block, but I've never used it.

      If you don't want to make the starter, you can purchase it on eBay. Then you just make the bread. I've never used it, but I know it can be purchased there.

      If you do make the starter, keep some aside in the freezer for later use. It does freeze well.

      If you have any other problems, please let me know either on HP or my email. I'm glad to help.

      Thanks for reading, and good luck.

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      Fill Your Heart Edible Memories 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub! Thanks for all the useful information!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi fillyourheart. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment on how to make Amish Friendship Bread.

      Thanks for the nice compliment.

      I hope you will make some of this bread sometimes.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      The recipes look great plus you have very valuable information here which can be used to start an income. Thanks for sharing this information, voted up and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, dwachira. Thanks for reading about how I made $3,000 making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. Yes, I was very proud of the fact that I was able to make enough money to send my daughter on her high school trip! It was a team effort for me and her.

      Thanks so much for the vote and the share.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is the first time I have seen a recipe for this. When I was preganant with my youngest I got very, very sick and had to eat special food. A family member made this for me and it was so wonderful and full of healthy things. I would love to make this and have some more. Great sales!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi tammyswallow. It is a very unusual bread in that it is sweet, not like a bread as we think of bread. Why not try and make some now for yourself. It really isn't that difficult. You just have to have the starter which you can make or buy already made. I keep starter in the freezer cause my family loves this stuff.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bredavies 4 years ago

      Great recipe.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Bredavies, thanks so much for reading my Hub on making Amish Friendship Bread. I do hope you will make this delicious bread someday.

      Mary

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb hub! I bake bread. From a box mix called Pillsbury. They are a lot easier than your masterpiece! Good job on reaching your goal :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It sounds like you and your granddaughter spent quality time over this recipe! Congrats....and the sales were impressive! Very good work, both on this recipe and the sales effort! Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Sunshine625, Oh, come on....wouldn't you love the satisfaction of making real bread? Your kitchens smells like a beer brewery, and your floor will be sticky from the yeast stuff!

      You are much too busy here in HP to fool with making Amish Friendship Bread!

      Thanks for the vote....Mary

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Very inventive of you and so nice for your granddaughter that she got to go to Japan because of your bread making efforts. I like the chefs hats as a text divider! I have been given some of this starter but since it is just the two of us...it is hard to keep up with the continual baking. We can't eat that much bread...especially sweet breads. It is good! Always wondered how you got the starter started. Now I know. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very inspirational! I love baked bread way better than bought bread. Kudos to you for making the effort to raise all that money for her!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W Well, if you ever get your hands on the starter again (or if you want to make some), make a couple of loaves of Amish Friendship Bread and put them in the freezer. When you want a slice, just take it out, slice what you want and return the rest to the freezer. The starter freezes well, too. In fact I have 4 ziplocks full in my freezer now, cause Christmas is coming, and I'll be baking! Thanks for the votes and the share.

      Glad you like my chef's hats....Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nicole S Thanks for reading about how I made and sold Amish Friendship Bread.

      I keep the starter and extra bread in my freezer because my family just loves it: especially the chocolate chip!

      Mary

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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! This is pretty incredible. I appreciate how you included a recipe that is easy to follow and understand. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jason, thanks for reading my Hub on how to make Amish Friendship Bread. I hope you will give it a try; you would love it. If you don't have the starter, just buy some.

      My best, Mary

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Mary, first off, I have bookmarked this page for when I have the facilities to bake bread again. I used to, but my present kitchen has shoulder room only and not very conducive to keeping any starter in.

      My favorite breads have always been Irish cottage loaf and Irish soda bread. But your loaf sounds very good, it's no wonder your buyers couldn't get enough of it.

      You are an inspiration to those of us who grouch about the lack of money and don't do anything about it.

      Voted up, awesome and useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      HI, mizjo. I do hope you can make some Amish Friendship Bread. It wouldn't require much room. I was just making so many loaves at one time! I'm not familiar with Irish cottage loaf and Irish soda bread. Maybe you could share your recipe in a Hub???

      Thanks so much for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      i actually had some a couple of years ago based on a mix that was started and passed on to me. Very tasty.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, trusouldj, glad to hear you have eaten some Amish Friendship Bread. Most people really do like this bread, I'm glad to hear you liked it, too.

      Thanks for reading, and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, trusouldj, glad to hear you have eaten some Amish Friendship Bread. Most people really do like this bread, I'm glad to hear you liked it, too.

      Thanks for reading, and commenting, Mary

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      What a great story! That's so sweet of you to dedicate so much time to make the bread, and awesome that you were able to sell so many loaves. I received a starter mix once and I just didn't have the time to keep it up. I didn't realize you could freeze it. The bread I did make was really good!

      What an incredible experience for your daughter to be able to go to Japan! And for your grandson to be able to go to Italy! My daughter has been also and she loved it. The memories will last for a lifetime.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Mary, you are an inspiration all the way around. What an enterprising, practical solution you found! Thanks much for sharing your experiences, the recipe for the Amish Friendship Bread and the useful pictures accompanying this hub.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Millionaire Tips. Yes, this was quite a job baking and selling all this Amish Friendship Bread, but it was well worth the effort!

      If you would like more starter, look on eBay, someone is usually selling it. Yes, the starter I make is always in my freezer (Christmas is coming, and I'll be baking like crazy)

      Yes, my daughter loved Japan and would like to go back. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, L.L. Woodard, I am happy you enjoyed reading my Hub on making Amish Friendship Bread. If you have never eaten this bread, I'd encourage you to do so, you will love it.

      Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I wish there was a button that says, "Inspirational" That's the one I would hit for this hub. WOW! You are one clever and motivated mama, haha. You made enough cash for the trip AND a freezer??? That is one hot selling bread. Kudos to you. I'll have to bookmark this and try to make it at Christmas time. :) In the meantime: rated UP and across except funny (although, now that I think of it...that last paragraph about your 17 yr old grandson going to Italy was pretty funny...). Sharing this one. :)

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      My! What an enterprising person you are Mary! Perseverance and patience seem to have paid off in your endeavor. I loved your hub from start to finish not missing a single word of it. I love such stories of hard work and sweet success!

      I am very proud of you. You have set a great example for people like me proving that with determination, anything is possible. Thank you very much Mary. Cheers, Rema.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      An inspiration to anyone who is in need of making extra income, that's for sure! You have detailed your hub well enough that anyone could follow it from your experience.

      I remember that we baked some Amish friendship bread at home for a while - we ate it all ourselves. Eventually we got tired of it and quit. It can be a lot of work :) Thank you for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Denise. Well, you just made my day with your praise! Thank you for reading about my Amish Friendship Bread. I do hope you will make this bread. If you don't want to make your own starter, it can be purchased. I still have people who call me and ask when I'll have more bread to sell!

      Thanks for the votes, and the shares, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Rema. Your comment really made me feel good! Yes, it was a lot of work to make our goal, but well worth that effort. But, you know, my granddaughter and I had a great time baking and selling the Amish Friendship Bread.

      My best to you today, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, healthwealthmusic. I'm happy to read that you have made Amish Friendship Bread and that you liked it. I never met anyone who didn't like this delicious bread. It does require effort to make the starter, but making the bread is very easy.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      What an interesting hub Mary! I have never heard of Amish Friendship Bread before now but the recipe looks yummy, albeit a bit time consuming. I think I might be giving this one a try and when I mentioned to my husband that the house will smell like a brewery for 10 days he was all for it too! Lol! Great hub, voted up and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I can't believe I missed this wonderful hub! You never cease to amaze me with your caring and devotion. What a wonderful thing to do. Though you make it sound so easy, I know it is not. How lucky ALL of your children are to have you in their lives.

      I remember making this bread years ago but no one told us we could freeze the starter! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story and recipe. I need that WoW button!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting and sharing with my followers.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What an awesome hub and how brave of you to go door to door to sell it. I could imagine a bake from home business going well for your with this bread. It looks delicious too. I'm going to have to try it. Voted up!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I loved your story and think you are a wonderful mom/grandmother. Your efforts to raise money for your daughter's band trip made it an even more memorable experience for her. The same will be true for your grandson. My hat's off to you! Voted Up+++

      JAYE

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Trinity M I enjoyed your comment that your hubby would love for the house to smell like a brewery for 10 days! It's true....It is a little time consuming to get the starter ready to make the bread, but you buy it already made (but you'll rob your hubby of that wonderful smell!)

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my Amish Friendship Bread, and thanks for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, tillsontitan, thanks so much for reading about my Amish Friendship Bread. Making and selling this bread was such a good experience for my granddaughter and me. I'm lucky to have these children in MY life, they have added a lot to my life. Oh, yes, this starter freezes well. I have some in my freezer right now, ready to go!

      Thanks so much for the votes, and the share. I do appreciate that, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Amish Friendship Bread. I would loved to have started a real business with this bread, but the health laws are too strict. I do hope you will make this bread, you would love it.

      Thanks for reading, and for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jaye, so nice to see you today! Thanks for your sweet compliment on my Hub about Amish Friendship Bread. Yes, I think our efforts to bake and sell the bread made her trip more memorable because of all the hard work we put into it.

      Thanks for reading, commenting, and for the vote, Mary

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you very much Mary... Very inspiring story indeed. I used to sell tickets before going to a fieldtrip.. i think i made some money on that, i paid all my required tshirts on that work! :)

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Mary, this hub is so super on so many levels, I'm beside myself thinking about them.

      I got my "friendship" starter, years and years ago from a Mennonite friend. I made so much bread, not just the friendship bread, that it turned into a business, but the kind of business you describe...selling friend to friend, word of mouth.

      Then a local restaurant offered me their kitchen to expand my business, so the burden of the licensing would have been off my back. But, life changed, other things happened, and I never took them up on their offer.

      I haven't made this bread in years, so I'm SO glad to see your instructions for making the starter. As I recall, it does need feeding and it can get away from you, as in having so much more than you need. I never froze mine, didn't know then that you could do that, but even so, if you're not careful, the starter can overtake your house!

      So interesting, in those days (1979-81), I was selling my rye, whole wheat, challah, pumpernickel, herbed white, and "friendship" breads for about 3 to 4 dollars a generous loaf. Maybe I better get back on that bandwagon. But, as you say and know, it's almost impossible to make a business out of this from your home kitchen because of the regulations.

      Totally awesome hub. It made me happy. ~Sherri

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, unknown spy. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my baking and selling Amish Friendship Bread.

      Have a good evening, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Sally's Trove. You sound like you know all about what it takes to bake and sell Amish friendship Bread! I tried to find a kitchen in my area that would allow me to use, but I was refused due to liability factors on their part. Wow! You made lots of different kinds of bread. I never tried anything else. I'm going to start up pretty soon to try and make some money for the Grandson to go to Italy. It'll be fun.

      I still have people call me to buy bread....

      Yes, the starter freezes well. I have some now in my freezer. I never run out. I'm so happy you enjoyed reading about my adventure into bread making. My best, Mary

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      LittleFairy 4 years ago

      Wow, you actually did that! The recipe looks great, thanks for sharing :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi LittleFairy. Yep, we actually did this. We made $3,000 making and selling Amish Friendship Bread!

      It really is a good bread, wish you would try it sometimes.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Laura Rash 4 years ago from Missouri, USA

      Loved this article... Good recipe, good bread, and good story - voted up and useful!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Laura Rash. So nice to "meet you" today! Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you like my recipe and story.

      Thanks so much for the votes, too. Mary

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yes I came back for that starter recipe, it is bread making weather. Thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Jackie. I'm happy you came back to get the starter recipe for the Amish Friendship Bread. If you have any problems, let me know, OK?

      Good to see you today, Mary

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I had this for the first time at Christmas, when a friend gave me some starter, along with a loaf of baked bread. Fun and delicious! I can see how you were able to do so well with your sales. Congrats!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, DeborahNeyens. The original intent of the Amish was to give the starter and a loaf of the bread to a friend, hence the name, Amish Friendship Bread. Now that you know just how good this bread is, I hope you will pass some starter to another friend for them to enjoy.

      My family loves the Chocolate Chip bread.

      Thanks for reading and I'm so happy you like the Amish Friendship Bread! Mary

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a great story! it just goes to show what a great cook you are! lol! I must admit I had never heard of it before, brilliant idea!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell Rose. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about making Amish Friendship Bread. You know how nice bread cooking in the oven smells, well your whole house smells heavenly when this bread is cooking!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mike 4 years ago from Providence, Ri

      wow you made 3,000 selling bread that is extremely impressive. I will have to try making it sometime.

      Was the starter hard to maintain?

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      As your "name" implies, you must like to bake! I do, too. There was a lot of baking going on when I was trying to make Amish Friendship Bread to sell for my daughter's trip to Japan.

      After the starter is made, it freezes very well. Then you will always have some on hand to use to make the bread.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great that you reached your goal, awesome work!! So glad that your granddaughter went to Japan, the bread must have been delicious!!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      My gosh, Mary, I am so glad I saw and read this hub. I will bookmark, get the ingredients and start selling. I am surprised you got $10.00 per loaf, that is awesome! I have made Challah bread in the past and sold it for $3.00 a loaf -- I think I can raise the price on that to $5.00. The Amish Friendship Bread I will sell for $10.00, for there is a lot more work to it.

      Great hub. Thank you for writing this. I know it was a few years ago, but am so happy I saw it. Sharing and voted way up.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      While living in Torrance, California, I took medical terminology and transcription classes. My teacher gave me some friendship bread she had made. I think it was the first time I had it. Sweet and delicious!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Vellur, It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off. I still make the bread, but only for the family to enjoy! My family begs for it!

      Good to see you, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Phyllis, I'm not familiar with Challah bread at all. I really wanted to go into business selling Amish Bread, but the laws in Florida about selling to the public are very strict. You have to cook in a kitchen approved by the Board of Health, etc.etc.

      I had no problem selling this bread for 10.00 a loaf. Now with the cost of buying nuts so high, I think you could sell it for even more.

      Thanks fo much for the votes and the share. My best, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Marie, Oh yes, Amish Friendship Bread is absolutely delicious! You should make some for yourself. You can purchase the starter if you don't want to make it yourself.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Glad your bread made some "bread" (the cash kind)! Regardless of the reason for making it, it sounds wonderful, though probably a bit beyond my poor cooking skills. :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, heidthorne, Oh, no....anyone could make Amish Friendship Bread!! It is really fun to make and very rewarding, cause it tastes so good!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. My best, Mary

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      What a wonderful idea you had, and what a great story you have to tell from generation to generation! Sounds like you're going to have another story to tell about Italy, if that hasn't happened already. Voted up and awesome! Gave you 5 more stars.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Au fait. A lot has happened in my life since I wrote this Hub. I had to leave my home of 35 years into a small apartment with a tiny kitchen. I am so limited in space I cannot make my Amish Friendship Bread any longer. My son has a job and is saving his money to go to Italy.

      I enjoyed making this bread so much for my daughter to go to Japan.

      Thanks for reading and for the stars! Mary

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am in awe of you Mary. I tried at one time to bake bread and could never get the yeast part right. We even bought a bread making machine when they were popular. I can bake almost anything else as long as there is no yeast. I am yeast-handicapped. Great idea to raise money for this worthy cause. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Paula, don't give up trying to make bread! You just have to be careful not to add hot water to the yeast; you will kill it!! We had a wonderful time making this bread. I still have people asking for it, especially at Christmastime.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I made this bread years ago using a starter and I know it is delicious indeed! I admire your dedication to making all those wonderful loaves of bread. I probably should not have read this just now though because my tummy is growling and I'm drooling over the photos!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, teaches12345. I'm happy to hear you have made Amish Friendship bread, too. Just this past Christmas I heard from five people who had eaten our bread before asking if I was making bread again. They wanted more!

      I still make it for my family because they love it.

      So nice to see you! Mary

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