Amish Friendship Bread–Gluten-Free and no Starter Needed!

I love this time of the year!  Its cooler or crisp at night and I’m stocking up for Thanksgiving.  I’m just thinking about gifts for Christmas even though I have to ship a couple.  I’d better get working on them!  But my mind goes to old friends and holiday cards, etc.  What better way to prepare for all those things than to bake a couple of loaves of Friendship Bread?  One to share with a friend now before the season gets too crazy, and one to put away (freeze) for an unexpected guest–that will take care of everything.

Amish Friendship Bread is one of those old recipes that I haven’t seen made gluten-free.  It is such a tasty treat that I had to make it as soon as I thought of it.  See–I wan’t gluten-free all my life, and I have so many old recipes that I had forgotten about since now I only bake gluten-free.  So this is another one to make so I can pass it on to my family.  And it brings back memories from when I was a newly wed!

I sincerely hope you are looking forward to all the family and friend celebrations in the next few weeks.  I sure am!  Here is the recipe for Amish Friendship Bread made gluten-free with Baking Free™ gf All Purpose Flour.  Enjoy!

Amish Friendship Bread
 
Ingredients
Starter
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup Baking Free ™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour
  • ⅓ cup lukewarm Milk (100-110 degrees--warm in microwave)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
Bread
  • 2 cups Baking Free ™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour (248 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 apples--peeled, cored and chopped
Instructions
Starter
  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the starter. Place the bowl in a warm location. Wait for 10 minutes or until yeast becomes foamy,
Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 9X5 inch loaf pans by greasing and flouring. Combine together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set this aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the activated starter, eggs, oil and vanilla. With the mixer on low, stir in the dry ingredients. Once combined, stir in the apples and nuts with a spoon. Divide batter between two prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Cool completely on racks. Makes 2 loaves.