Amish Friendship Bread and Starter

JoSele Swopes Recipe

By JoSele Swopes JODIE57

12 or more
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I used to make this years ago and could not find the recipe for the starter..Finally I found it again..This is a great sharing recipe...Pass on to friends and family..Great gift for the holidays. Put in a jar and decorate the jar with gingham and a ribbon...I hope everyone will enjoy this recipe it is fun to do...


3 c
3 c
3 c
1 c
active starter (amish bread)
2/3 c
cooking oil
3 large
2 c
2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1 c

Directions Step-By-Step

The bread is delicious and moist and more of a cake than a bread.I do a half recipe of starter if I don't have anyone to give it to. I print the recipe out and tie it to a decorated jar full of starter and tuck it into a basket of muffins or a loaf cake.
Serves/Yields 2 loaves or about 24 muffins
To lower the fat, I use 1/3 cup oil and 1/3 cup applesauce*
Step: 1

On Day 1: In glass or plastic bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk. Stir mixture with wooden or plastic spoon (don't use metal spoon or electric mixer). Cover bowl loosely with paper towel, cloth, wax paper or plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature (don't refrigerate).
On Days 2, 3 and 4: Using a wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.
On Day 5: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk; stir.
On Days 6, 7, 8 and 9: Using wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.
Step: 2 On Day 10: Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk.
Remove 3 cups of mixture and give 1 cup each to three friends, use glass containers only.. Save remaining starter for yourself.
Step: 3
For the Bread:
In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Grease 2 9"x5" loaf pans. Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.To make muffins, bake in lined cup cake pans for 25 to 30 minutes.
NOTE: Raisins, chopped apples, dried cranberries or cherries,drained, crushed pineapple, candied fruit, coconut, mashed banana, dates, chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips (1/2 cup each) may be added to batter before baking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Breads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Jw Inc. KathYRentz
Nov 21, 2014
I'm confused about using the starter! A friend gave me a starter and I dont understand where to start with my starter! Do I start at the begining with day 1 and contunie or can I add the ingred. and bake my cake and if I do I will not have a starter left???
Darla Kimbrel Doosie
Dec 24, 2013
Hi JoSele! I have a quick ? I have gotten soooo busy that I forgot to add more sugar, milk edt. to my starter it is now 8 days overdue. Can I still use it or do I have to start all over again?
Elsie Gibbs EllerynElsie_Gibbs
Sep 30, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Elsie Gibbs EllerynElsie_Gibbs
Sep 30, 2013
For the * near the applesauce suggestion, what's that for? Is it for the note below the instructions? I'd like to do the applesauce suggestion. Am I only replacing it in the second part of the ingredients on baking day? Do I still add the 1 c milk, 1 c sugar and 1 c flour? Then proceed with all the other ingredients, changing the oil and applesauce then? Thank you for any help you can offer :)
By the way Mrs. Swopes, I already tried this week and half ago and had enough sugar to follow all the way through, and our family LOOOOVED it!!! I did the addition suggestions of craisins and almonds and coconut MMmmmmmmm :)
Jean Glur MyDogGizmo
Mar 14, 2013
I used to have a starter for this years ago and it is a delicious bread, glad to see the recipe again, thanks for posting, JoSele!