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Amish Friendship Cinnamon Bread

This is a great recipe.  I first learned about it after a friend of mine gave me a strange bag full of goo.  It turns out that goo was a bread starter, and the bread that it makes is fabulous!  This bread takes a good 10 days and makes 2 loaves.  I usually freeze one of the loaves so it lasts a bit longer.

First are some important notes.

1. Do not use a metal spoon or beater for mixing.
2. Do not refrigerate.
3. When air forms in the bag (days 6-10), let it out.
4. It is normal for the batter to bubble and ferment.
5. You really only need to squeeze the bag well on day 1 and 6.
6. Use whole milk throughout the process.

As I mentioned, this bread is made from a starter.  You should only have to start the starter once.  After that you’ll have starter and bread for however long you feel like making it!

To make the starter

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup whole milk
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag.  This is Day 1.

Once you have the starter

Day 1: Place bag flat on counter. This is the day you either make the starter or make bread – making new starter.
Day 2: Squeeze the bag several times during the day
Day 3: Squeeze the bag
Day 4: Squeeze the bag
Day 5: Squeeze the bag
Day 6: Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar. Squeeze the bag well to mix.
Day 7: Squeeze the bag. Let air out if needed.
Day 8: Squeeze the bag. Let air out if needed.
Day 9: Squeeze the bag. Let air out if needed.
Day 10: Make bread and new starter. As follows.

Make new starter

1 cup whole milk
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar

  • In a large ceramic or plastic bowl combine the starter with milk, flour, sugar. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour 1 cup of starter into 4 Ziploc bags – 1 cup in each bag.
  • Give 1 bag to 3 friends, and keep one for yourself. Don’t forget to give instructions.
  • Leave the remaining starter in the bowl for the next step.

Make bread

1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 cup flour
2, 3.4 oz boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs

Plus: (for the pans)

1 tsp cinnamon
3 TBSP sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325. Grease 2 loaf pans.
  • In a small bowl combine the extra cinnamon and sugar.  Sprinkle mixture into the greased loaf pans. Set aside.
  • Add all of the ingredients to bowl with the remaining starter.  Mix well.
  • Pour 1/2 of the batter into each loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hr or until golden brown and a knife comes out clean.

About growingupkitten

I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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