Amish Sweet Bread

    10 days 1 hour

    Once you've got the sourdough starter started, the remaining recipe is easy! The resulting cake is sweet, nutty and incredibly delicious.

    15 people made this

    Makes: 2 loaves

    • For the Sourdough Starter
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried active baking yeast
    • 2 tablespoons warm water
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon distilled malt vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 375g plain flour, divided
    • 750ml milk
    • 400g caster sugar
    • For the Cakes
    • 250g sourdough starter
    • 150ml vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 3 eggs
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 120g chopped walnuts

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:10days rising  ›  Ready in:10days1hr 

    1. For the Starter: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon caster sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 125g flour and 250ml milk in a non-metal bowl and stir with a non-metal spoon until creamy. Cover bowl with cling film and let stand in a warm place for two days to ferment. It will become bubbly and have a sour odour. Do not place in refrigerator. On second day, third day and fourth day: stir. On fifth day, add 125g flour, 200g sugar, 250ml milk and stir. On sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth day: stir. On tenth day add 125g flour, 200g sugar and 250ml milk. Reserve 250g starter; pour remaining starter, 250g each, into 3 containers to give away to friends if desired. This starter is enough for 8 loaves.
    2. For the Cakes: Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 20 or 23cm loaf tins.
    3. Mix 250g starter, oil, baking powder, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and walnuts. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda just before pouring the batter into the prepared tins.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bananas, dates or raisins can be added for variety.

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    I did a variation to this recipe and added a box of chocolate pudding. It was great. A moist cake. Froze easily also.  -  29 May 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious in taste and so much fun to make and share!  -  13 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Recipe is somewhat ...what I remember. Turned out good....but I was confused as to the total amount of flour for the whole recipe...cake seemed to dense  -  05 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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