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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Amish Friendship Brandied Fruit Starter


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Serving Size  : 0     Preparation Time :0:00

Categories    : fruits, desserts, breads


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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     3/4           cup  canned peaches -- with syrup

     3/4           cup  canned pineapple chunks -- with juice

  4             ounces  maraschino cherries -- drained and halved

  1 1/2           cups  sugar

  1            package  dry yeast -- OR 2 tablespoons brandy

                        For later addition

     1/2           cup  canned peaches -- with syrup

     1/2           cup  canned pineapple chunks -- with syrup

                        To replenish starter


In a 1-gallon glass jar with wide mouth and lid, combine the peaches, pineapple, maraschino cherries, sugar and yeast (make sure the yeast is well mixed with syrup). Stir two times the first day. Stir once a day afterwards. Keep loosely covered with cloth and store at room temperature


After the starter has been going for two weeks, add 1/2 cup each of pineapple chunks and peaches, along with their syrup.


Wait several days, stirring daily, then drain 2 cups of mixed fruit and use to make cake as directed in the cake recipe. Reserve 1 1/2 cups starter juice and leave in glass gallon jar. Count this as Day 1, and begin the process for renewing starter and making cake.




Day #1: To 1 1/2 cups starter juice, add 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 32 ounce can of peaches, including syrup. Keep loosely covered with cloth and stir daily. Keep at room temperature.


Day #10: 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

 1 (32 ounce) can pineapple chunks with juice or 1 (16 ounce)

    can pineapple chunks and 1 (16 ounce) can fruit cocktail



Day #20: 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

 2 (4 ounce) jars maraschino cherries, drained and halved

    (You can use 1 jar of red and one jar of green for color,

    or use 1 (10 ounce jar)




Day #30: Drain fruit, reserving 1 1/2 cups juice for renewing starter. Use drained fruit to make 3 Amish Friendship Fruit Cakes, give excess starter juice to friends, and start a new batch of fruit (repeat aforementioned process).




At the end of 30 days, you will have enough excess starter juice to give to about four friends. Be sure to keep enough juice (1 1/2 cups) for your own starter. At the end of 30 days, there will be enough fruit to use 1 3/4 cups fruit in each cake, which makes the cake better and doesn't waste the fruit.


 The cakes can be frozen. It is not necessary to bake all three cakes the same day, but stir the remaining fruit mixture every day until it is used (this fruit mixture can be refrigerated until used). The drained fruit can be frozen until you are ready to bake the cakes.




  "A brandied fruit recipe for using in baking or as a topping on all sorts of desserts."

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 1595 Calories; 1g Fat (0.5% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 410g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 72mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 5 Fruit; 22 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


Serving Ideas : Use to make varieties of Amish FriendshipBread, or as a topping on ice cream, pound cake or cheese cake.  May also be used as a fruit sauce with various meats.

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