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Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Updated on June 22, 2022
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A Bit About The Recipe

This is not my recipe - it is a copy of a recipe passed on to me and is 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 Amish Friendship bread starters. It was given out yearly with a lovely note from 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 three months of creating and feeding this bread starter and making countless loaves 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 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 overrun 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 little feeling of community in this fast-paced world, making it an excellent item to break the ice with.

I hope you enjoy this recipe

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Amish friendship bread
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 metal with this starter, as it will ruin the mix. Only plastic, glass, or wood. This goes for the mixing bowl as well, not just the spoon. A wood spoon works the best.
  2. In a 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, and mix well
  4. Slowly add in the warm milk and yeast mixture and a 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 received 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 the entire bag into a large bowl and add: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.

Measure out four 4-cup batches of the starter, 1 cup each, into four 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

Three eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

Two teaspoons of baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Two teaspoons cinnamon

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

Preheat oven to 400

Add everything to a nonmetal bowl and mix well

Pour batter into two 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

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do


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