Friendship Bread Recipe

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Made using a bread starter, this friendship bread recipe is the perfect gift to welcome new neighbors, or cheer up a sick companion. It freezes well, which makes it easy to keep one or two on hand, just in case you need to brighten someone’s day.
Yields 2 loaves

- 1 cup Friendship Bread Starter (see previous recipe)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, plus more as needed
- 1 egg
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar, plus more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3–4 cups bread flour

Source: ,The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century:...

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the bread starter, 3 tablespoons oil, egg, and 1⁄3 cup sugar. Stir to combine. Add salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and enough flour to create a firm dough.

Step 2

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8–10 minutes. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Return to bowl, oil the top, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Step 3

Coat two 9" × 5" loaf pans with pan spray, and line the bottom and short sides of each pan with a strip of parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface, divide into 2 equal portions, and shape each into an oblong loaf. Place into the prepared pans seam-side down. Dust with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and set aside to proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 4

Dust the risen loaves with sugar and bake until golden brown and hollow sounding, about 35–50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans, and cool completely on a rack.

Step 5

This friendship bread recipe is excerpted with permission from Charlotte Denholtz's book, "The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century," published by F+W/Adams Media. Image by

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