Amish Friendship Bread

Vicki Deschere gave me a starter on Sunday and I have baked it into oblivion. Three loaves of quick bread + a whopping mound of pancakes = SUCCESS. Call me if you want a starter.

Amish Friendship Bread (1 loaf)
1/2 c Amish Friendship starter
1/3 c applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 c sugar
1 c flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t + 1/8 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a loaf pan WELL. Combine wet ingredients + sugar; separately, combine dry ingredients. Gently fold the wet ingredients into dry. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 40 min, or until a tester in the center just barely comes clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

If you want to make a starter on your own, here’s what you need:


1 pkg. active dry yeast (~2-1/2 t)
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)

It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
For the next 10 days handle starter like so:

Day 1 – make or receive the starter
Day 2 – stir
Day 3 – stir
Day 4 – stir
Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.
Day 6 – stir
Day 7 – stir
Day 8 – stir
Day 9 – stir
Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the recipe for baking the bread.

Adapted from Vicki Deschere and

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