Amish Friendship Bread

Recipe by the werecat
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Hopefully I will be able to give you each your first lot of sweet sourdough starter for AMISH BREAD as well as sourdough dough starter for SOURDOUGH BREAD, but just in case something happens where I can't for whatever reason, AMISH BREAD starter is made with 1 1/2 cup each all purpose flour, sugar and milk plus 1 package of dry yeast. Lumps aren't really an issue because they break down as the starter ferments. Stir daily and feed every 3-4 days. You will probably want to let it have a couple of feedings before you make your first batch of AMISH BREAD so you have enough starter. You can feed it as much as you like as long as it's all equal ammounts of milk, flour and sugar. The more often you bake, the more you feed it because you need 3 cups of starter per recipe with enough left over to feed and get going again. I normally feed anywhere between 1/2 cup to 1 1/2 cup each depending on how much I am baking. I keep my starter on the counter in a plastic half gallon screw top jar I got from the dollar store that I drilled a little hole in the top of. You must have some way to let out the gasses that build up durring fermentation or it will quite literally explode and that makes one horrible mess. Trust me you don't want to be cleaning that up.
  • Preheat oven to 325oF.
  • Grease 2 large loaf pans and mix cinnamon and sugar for dusting in a dish till evenly distributed. Dust the greased pans with half of this mixture (¼ cup).
  • All AMISH BREAD BATTER ingredients get mixed together. You can use a wooden spoon to do it by hand if you really want to however I don't recomend it as it is a huge pain in the part you sit down on when you can grab a hand mixer and have it done in something like 3 minutes. Just mix till it's a nice smooth batter.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the two pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top.
  • Bake 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from the pan evenly (about 10 minutes.). Turn out onto a serving dish. Serve warm or cold.
  • If it ever got to cold it was a surprise and ment that I was standing guard over it and threating pain of death if anyone touched it till I was ready. You can eat it just as it is, smeared with best butter like Nanny does or use it as the base for mock triffle.
  • Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for daily mixing.
  • Do not refrigerate.
  • As fermentation gasses build up in the container , let it out or the bag will go BOOM!
  • It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble, ferment and smell like good beer or alcohol. Smelling like nasty feet is bad and means that your starter died and you need to toss it an start again.