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Amish Friendship Bread Recipe and Starter Recipe

Amish Friendship Bread

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 10 Days, 1 Hour
  • Yield: Two Loaves


This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread


  1. pkg. active dry yeast
  2. 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 cup white sugar
  5. 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
  2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
  3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
  4. For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions below.


Day 1 – receive the starter (the recipe for the starter is below)

Day 2 – stir

Day 3 – stir

Day 4 – stir

Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.

Day 6 – stir

Day 7 – stir

Day 8 – stir

Day 9 – stir

Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the following recipe for baking the bread.

After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:

  1. 2/3 cup oil
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Using a fork beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).

Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour (individual oven temperatures vary). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.

  • Prep Time: 10 Days
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: friendship bread, amish friendship bread starter