Friendly cake recipe


Alice Foll of Baltimore sent us this Amish Friendship Bread recipe. It's for Shirley Chenoweith of Abingdon. Shirley says that a group of friends were sharing this recipe back and forth until someone lost the starter recipe.

Amish Friendship Starter

Day one:

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast

1 ounce warm water

Make the starter dough by combing all ingredients and stirring well. Use a wooden or plastic spoon -- never use a metal spoon or an electric mixer. Use a glass or plastic bowl, not a metal one. Cover the bowl loosely with a paper towel, cloth, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Do not refrigerate this mixture. Keep at room temperature.

Day two, three and four:

Stir the mixture down once each day.

Day five:

Add, and stir:

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

Day six, seven, eight and nine:

Stir the mixture down once each day.

Day ten:

Add, and stir:

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

Remove three cups of the mixture and give one cup plus the following recipe to each of three friends. Keep the rest for yourself. (To keep the mixture growing, repeat the above ten day cycle.)

Amish Friendship Cake

Remaining starter, see above

2/3 cup oil

3 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients. Bake in two well-greased and floured bread pans at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

If desired one-half cup of any of the following can be added to the bread before baking: raisins, chopped apples, drained crushed pineapple, candied fruit, coconut, mashed bananas, dates, chopped nuts or chocolate chips.


This Sweedish shortbread cookie recipe is for Anita Ocampo of Mandan, N.D. The recipe is from Mary Jane Lurz of Baltimore.

Sweedish Shortbread

1/2 pound butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cup flour

Cream butter with sugar, egg and vanilla. Add flour. Form into small balls, press down on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes until edges are brown. Makes about nine dozen.

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