6 Inspiring Books and a Recipe to Share with Friends

by Karen Green

One of the very best things about reading a great book is turning the last page and knowing immediately who you want to share the book with.

Lending someone a book that you know they’ll enjoy means sharing laughs, sharing insights, sharing surprises and sharing love. And after that book has been loaned out, both readers will have a chance to come together again, to talk, laugh, debate and discuss the experience. It’s a delicious ritual that is to be cherished and nurtured, like friendship itself.

And, like a great book, this recipe for Amish Friendship Bread and starter is meant to be shared with others. Though its origins remain a little mysterious, the ritual of passing on the starter and the recipe, then enjoying the bread together, has become a beloved tradition among friends.

These six heartwarming books are ideal for sharing with friends and then discussing over a warm slice of Amish Friendship Bread, or for dropping off with a freshly baked loaf as well as the bread and starter recipes.

Books, food, friends—the perfect ingredients for a life of gratitude and love.

Their Pretend Amish Courtship (The Amish Bachelors) by Patricia Davids

Fannie Erb isn’t looking for a husband—especially if she has to leave her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents she’s not hopeless when it comes to love. Family friend Noah Bowman might just be her solution.

A Tailor-Made Husband (Texas Grooms) by Winnie Griggs

Tired of pining for handsome sheriff Ward Gleason, seamstress Hazel Andrews plans to head East for a fresh start—until Ward finds an abandoned child. But when Hazel starts spending time with Ward, it sends local gossips—and Hazel’s heart—into turmoil.

A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney

When his precious wife of thirty years received a devastating diagnosis, John Brighton’s world fell apart. He desperately needed a confidante in this dark time, and a young widow named Julia Sinclair seemed to understand his pain as no one else could.

Child Wanted (Willow’s Haven) by Renee Andrews

Lindy Burnett can hardly believe it: she’s found her son. But Jerry doesn’t remember her—and he’s about to be adopted. His would-be father, schoolteacher Ethan Green, would do anything for the child—except give him up.

A Secret Amish Love (Women of Lancaster County) by Rebecca Kertz

Nell Stoltzfus has always valued her independence—but with her father insisting she marry, she’s feeling the pressure to figure out her future. Her decision is further complicated when she falls for English veterinarian James Pierce.

The Doctor’s Blessing & Hannah’s Journey by Patricia Davids, Anna Schmidt

The Doctor’s Blessing by Patricia Davids

As a nurse–midwife, Amber Bradley clashes with Hope Springs’ new doctor, who insists all maternity patients deliver at a hospital. Amber is determined to show Dr. Phillip White that the Amish have a different way of life.

 

Hannah’s Journey by Anna Schmidt

Though Amish widow Hannah Goodloe knows she’ll violate countless laws, she asks Levi Harmon to help locate her runaway son. Levi never expected to find all he wanted in a woman in the soft-spoken Hannah. But how can he ask for her love when she’ll be shunned?

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

This starter is prepared on a ten-day cycle.

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup milk, warmed

 

DAY ONE

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Slowly add the warm milk, then the dissolved yeast and water, stirring gently but continuously until well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon plastic zip bag, or glass or plastic container. Seal tightly.

 

DAY TWO

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY THREE

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY FOUR

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY FIVE

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY SIX

  • Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk to the mixture and stir well.

 

DAY SEVEN

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY EIGHT

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY NINE

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture (or massage the bag).

 

DAY TEN

  • Pour mixture into a glass or plastic bowl.
  • Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir well.
  • Divide mixture into four 1-cup portions, and put each portion into a 1-gallon zip bag, or glass or plastic container. Seal each tightly.
  • Keep one portion for yourself, and give each of the three remaining portions to friends with these instructions and the Amish Friendship Bread recipe!

 

Amish Friendship Bread

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Grease two large loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, place 1 cup of the starter, plus:

 

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla

 

  • Stir well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together:

 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix

 

  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into loaf pans.
  • Sprinkle tops of loaves with a little sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until cakes loosen from sides of pan and a tester inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out.
  • Enjoy warm with a friend!

 

 

Have you tried Amish Friendship Bread? Which book would you pair it with? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Martha Peace
    June 23, 2017 at 5:01 am
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    Love these books,would love. To win

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