Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

First you will need to make the starter for the bread which will take 10 days.
If you love Amish Friendship Bread, having an active starter on hand is a must.
It’s usually passed from person to person, so each bag of starter will carry with it a little bit of love from the kitchen it came from (and any kitchen before that).


2 1/4 tsp. (1 package) active dry yeast
1/4 C water
1 C flour
1 C sugar
1 C warm milk
Do Not Use Metal Bowl Or Metal Utensils


Day 1
Combine yeast and water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
In a 2 quart plastic, glass, or ceramic container, or in a gallon size zip lock bag, combine sugar and flour. Mix well.
Add to this the milk and yeast mixture.
If using a bowl, mix ingredients well and cover loosely.
If using zip lock bag, seal tightly and squish bag until well mixed.
Leave on a counter; do not refrigerate mixture during fermentation process.

Days 2-4
Stir starter with wooden spoon, or squish bag daily.
If using a bag, open to let air out and reseal.

Day 5
Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.
Mix well.

Days 6-9
Stir starter with wooden spoon or squish bag daily.

Day 10
Stir in 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 cup milk. Mix well.
Remove 2 cups starter mixture to make your bread ( recipe follows),
And keep one for yourself to start process again.
Divide the remainder starter mixture into 1 cup portions to give
To friends along with a copy of this recipe, or store in the refrigerator and begin the 10 day process over again skipping day 1, starting at day 2.
You can freeze the starter in 1-cup measures for later use.
Frozen starter takes 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.
If the starter isn’t passed on the 10th day be sure to date the bag so the friend
Can determine where they are in the process.

Amish Friendship Bread starter is the heart of what makes Amish Friendship Bread so special, because it’s all about sharing what we have with others. A little starter can go a long way.

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe
No kneading or dough hooks or anything. The batter is pretty much like a Banana Bread batter.

1 cup starter
1 cup oil
3 beaten eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
nuts, optional
raisins, optional
dates, optional
cinnamon sugar

In a large non metallic bowl combine starter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt cinnamon , and vanilla pudding mix. Add to starter mixture, and mix well.
At this point add your nuts, raisins, or dates. About 1 cup total.

Grease 2 loaf pans and sprinkle bottoms liberally with the cinnamon sugar.
Pour the batter into loaf pans, and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
Bake 325* for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Amish Friendship Bread is the gift that keeps on giving! This simple starter yields sweet, delicious bread every time you make it!

Basically it’s a “quick” bread made with a sourdough starter. You grow the starter on your counter for 10 days, stirring it and feeding it and loving on it, and then at the end of 10 days you make the most amazing bread with it.

Then, because it’s so friendly, you share 2 cups of the starter with two friends and keep a cup growing on your counter for next time.


Chocolate Bread – Omit the Cinnamon and Vanilla Pudding
Add 2 tsp Cocoa
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Large Box Instant Chocolate Pudding

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread – Omit Cinnamon and Vanilla Pudding Mix
Add 1 Large Box Instant Lemon Pudding
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

To make 2 different loaves, omit cinnamon and large box of pudding, divide dough in half.
Use a small box of instant pudding mix of choice per loaf.

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