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Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Updated on June 5, 2017
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I’m a home grown southern woman, mom to 3 wonderful kids, and wife to the man of my dreams. I grew up in Texas but have lived all over the

A Bit About The Recipe

This is not my recipe - it is a copy of a recipe that was passed on to me, and now passed on to you. I have no idea who wrote or where the recipe came from. Thanks.

The Story of Amish friendship bread and myself

While I was a child my mother bought home a bag of AmishFriendsip bread starter. It was given out yearly with a very sweet note from of our church. We loved it when mom got one. It was my favorite bread. With an excellent sweet flavor, as a child, I adored working the bag every day, it made me feel like I had been helping. Every year after about 3 months of making and feeding this bread starter, and making countless loafs of bread, my mother would give the starter away. She said it was to keep the bread special for the family as a holiday tradition. I do not know if that was true or not or if she just got sick and tired of} having it around, but I still hold it today as a special holiday bread, and now I'm the lady at the church to pass them out every year.

This recipe is for the starter and the bread. It works best if you have a lot of friends or a church group or event you can pass the starter out to or your kitchen might become overran with the starter

This is the perfect holiday gift idea for friends, church members, neighbors and school teachers. This is also a terrific way to bring a tiny feeling of community in this fast-paced world, and it also makes a good item to break the ice with.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe

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Some History On Amish friendship bread

Amish Friendship Bread must have been the first chain letter food. Where you get a small bag and that bag keeps doubling in size, so you must pass it out to your friends.

It is made is a sourdough starter with sugar, oil, and cinnamon added to it. It is kind of like a cross between a cake and bread. The normal way to handle your starter is when you get you first bag or make it yourself that is the start of the first cycle. You will run your full cycle with it and when done you will take 1 cup of batter to make the bread, you will keep 1 c to start a new cycle, and you will pass out the other 3 cups to friends. Each cycle for the starter last 10 days with day 10 being the day you bake and pass out the starter itself always saving some for the next cycle to start.

While there is an Amish friendship bread that is passed out to the sick, there does not seem to the same bread that we know as the Amish friendship bread. It is thought that this recipe first shared on the internet sometimes in 90’s but I have not been able to find out from whom, but the recipe seems to be much older. As I was eating it in the 80’s.

Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Takes 10 Days For starter makes 2 loafs

Starter with beard


Amish Friendship Bread Starter

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c warm milk

How To Make The Starter

  1. Please do not use any type of metal with this starter as it will ruin the mix. Only plastic, glass or wood. This goes for the mixing bowel as well not just the spoon. A wood spoon works the best.
  2. In bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let proof for 10 minutes. Stir well.
  3. In a large zip bag add sifted flour and sugar, mix well
  4. Slowly add in the warm milk and yeast mixture and zip bag. Give the bag a good mix by rubbing and shaking it. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle. Keep at room temperature (don't refrigerate)



10 Days To Make The Starter


The cycle of your starter

Day 1 – Made or receive your starter.

Day 2 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 3 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 4 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 5 - Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.

Day 6 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 7 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 8 - Squish the bag to mix

Day 9- Squish the bag to mix

Day 10- Mix and divide the starter as follows: Pour entire bag into large bowl and add: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.

Measure out four 4 cup batches of the starter, 1 cup each, into 4 separate Ziploc bags (one gallon size).Keep one for yourself to start a new cycle and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of this recipe/instructions.

Baked Amish Friendship Bread


The Bread

The Bread

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

You can also add raisins or other dried fruit, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips if you would like.

Preheat oven to 400

Add everything to a none metal bowl and mix well

Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans

Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Allow loaves to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pans and cutting

How to make friendship bread

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do


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      Jean Heberlie 7 months ago

      Please have the website, remove the bug advertisement on the same page as foods. It makes me nauseous and I cannot stand to read the great receipe. Thank you!

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      Stephanie 7 months ago

      I had it once and it was amazing! The recipe is way too complicated for me though.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is fun to share with friends. thanks for sharing your recipe.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you :)

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Looks yummy :)