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  • Servings:
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  • Starter-
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • Amish Friendship Bread
  • 1-cup starter
  • 2/3-cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • For the starter:
  • Combine the ingredients in a large deep glass or plastic container.
  • Cover lightly. If the container has a lid, leave it slightly ajar or
  • place a piece of cheesecloth over the container and secure with a
  • rubberband. Store at room temperature.
  • Stir every day for 17 days.
  • On day 18 do nothing.
  • On days 19, 20 and 21 stir.
  • On day 22, stir and add 1cup of flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  • Stir again.
  • On days 23, 24, 25, and 26 stir.
  • On day 27 add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Stir.
  • You should now have about 4 cups of starter. Give 2 friends each 1 cup
  • and keep 2 cups for yourself. Use 1 of the two cups in the Amish
  • Friendship Bread recipe and use the other to keep the starter going.
  • When you give the starter away, include these instructions:
  • Keeping a starter going: Do not refrigerate and do not use a metal
  • spoon when stirring the starter.
  • On day 1 (the day you receive the starter), do nothing,
  • On days 2, 3 and 4 stir.
  • On day 5 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and cup milk. Pour mixture
  • into large glass mixing bowl; cover lightly. The mixture will rise.
  • On days 6, 7, 8, and 9 stir.
  • On day 10 stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir.
  • Give 2 friends each 1 cup. Keep for yourself 1 cup to make Friendship
  • Bread and one cup to keep the starter going.
  • For the Friendship Bread:
  • Use the recipe above and add your choice of raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, apples, dates, coconut etc.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place batter in 1 or 2 well greased and sugared 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Use 2 if you add alot of things to batter & it fills the pan over half full. Bake at 350*F for 45-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan


When I was growing up this was passed around in our church. Everytime we had dinner on the ground, we'd have lots of friendship bread, & not one the same!! All good with it's own tastes.

My Grandmother Clouse gave me this recipe & a cup of starter when I was 15, for my first loaf. I don't have her starter anymore, that was in 1971. But here you can start your own starter. Enjoy!

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