Mother’s Bishop Bread

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By Tiffany
August 12, 2022


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So, this Bishop’s Bread recipe is not quite what I expected when I saw the title. It’s a little plain compared to others that I’ve seen. As far as ingredients, it sort of reminds me a little more of my mother-in-law’s Amish Bread recipe — which is a scrumptious quick bread topped with cinnamon and sugar.

This Bishop’s Bread is also not made in a bread pan, but rather in a 8 x 12 pan. So, a cake pan. Regardless, it sounds delicious and I hope you try it!

This one comes from The Fruit of Thy Work community cookbook from St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise, Pennsylvania.

How do you make your Bishop Bread? I’ll be sharing other versions soon. It’s a nice and varied sort of quick bread. Most are on the lines of being a more light fruit cake – in my opinion.

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Enjoy and happy baking! 💋

Mother’s Bishop Bread Recipe

Mother's Bishop Bred

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ C shortening
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ C sour milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and shortening.
  • Reserve ¾ C of mixture for crumbs
  • Add in the baking powder, baking soda, and sour milk.
  • Scrape into a prepared 8 x 12 pan
  • Sprinkle crumbs on top
  • Bake 30 - 40 minutes.
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bishop's Bread, Bread, Quick Bread
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