Amish Friendship Bread – no starter needed

Amish Friendship Bread

I am not much of a baker.  I LOVE to cook because it allows me to be really creative.  I don’t like baking as much though because you have to be so precise in the science with baking or it may not turn out.  So, I very rarely bake.  Following a recipe blindly is not fun for me.  I want to add a dash of this and a dollop of that….

But, my children love for me to bake a couple of times a month.  I found a recipe for Amish Cinnamon Bread from Just a  that required no starter and had very simple ingredients that I had on hand.


My children were in heaven.  They ate this for breakfast for a week.  I cut the loaf into slices and threw them in the freezer so they could take out a slice and put it in the microwave for breakfast.  It was simple.  It was tasty and I will be making this again.

I love that it was light in flavor.  The cinnamon and sugar were not overpowering.  I did substitute 1/2 of the sugar in the topping for brown sugar to add a bit more flavor.  Other than that I left the recipe the same.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a large loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs.
  3. Add milk, flour, and baking soda
  4. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into the prepared pan.
  5. Mix in separate bowl the topping ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle 1/2 of cinnamon mixture on top of the batter in the loaf pan.
  7. Add remaining batter to pan.
  8. Sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.  Swirl gently with a knife.
  9. Bake for 45-50 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Azure James says:

    Cool. I just found some awesome hot muesli and have been eating it whenever I need energy in the morning. Always heard about friendship bread though. Never tried it.


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