This starter makes a cinnamon bread, with optional raisins and nuts.

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 2/3 c. oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Combine ingredients in large, airtight container with lid. Store at room temperature, do not refrigerate. Stir every day for 17 days. The recipe makes more than the 1 cup needed. But allows for evaporation.

Now the starter is ready. The following instructions are for either the starter you created above or received from a loving friend.

For the next 10 days handle starter according to the following instructions:



  • Day 1, receive the starter
  • Day 2, 3 & 4 – stir
  • Day 5, Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  • Day 6 & 7, stir
  • Day 8 & 9, stir
  • Day 10, Add 1 cup flour, sugar, and milk.
  • Divide into 3 containers of 1 cup each for friends.
  1. After removing the 3 cups of batter, mix in the following ingredients: Using a fork, beat by hand until well blended.
  2. Add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).
  3. Grease pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans.

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From the “e-Cookbook” 65 Amish Recipes



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