Amish Friendship Bread

By Carly Newton

This Amish Friendship Bread recipe is rather easy to do. If you find that you love to bake but don’t have the time to spend on lengthy recipes, this is the perfect recipe for you. A friend of mine gave me the starter for this recipe, and when you’re done it’s easy to pass along to any of your friends if you choose to do so. If not, you can make a pretty big loaf of bread for yourself to enjoy.

You can enjoy the bread with or without butter. Photo taken by Carly Newton.

Beginning the Amish Friendship Bread recipe:

Step 1: Make the starter.

The starter consists of 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour, and 1 cup of sugar in a gallon-sized bag.

It is recommended that you do not mix the ingredients in a metal bowl or mix with a metal spoon. After the mixture is in the gallon-sized bag, make sure there is no air in it: If there is air, you need to let it out. Do not refrigerate the mixture either—I just left mine on my kitchen counter. 

The starter for the Amish Friendship Bread. Photo taken by Carly Newton.

Step two: Wait.

This recipe is easy because you can leave it alone and forget about it for the most part. In all, it will take ten days to finish making the bread.

Day 1: The day you make the starter.

Day 2: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 3: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 4: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 5: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 6: You will mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of sugar in a non-metal bowl. Then pour the mixture into the bag. 

Day 7: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 8: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 9: Mush the bag and then leave it alone.

Day 10: This is the day you finish the bread. You’re going to pour the batter from the bag into a large bowl and combine 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour, and 1 cup of sugar. 

At this point, you’re going to mix the ingredients together and put 1 cup of the mixture into four gallon-sized bags to give to friends. I didn’t do this step, but you can decide if you want to.

With whatever remaining batter you have, you’re going to add the following ingredients to it:

  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 5.1 oz. box of instant pudding. This can be any flavor, but it’s recommended that it’s not sugar-free. I used chocolate instant pudding.
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Mix together 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ cup of sugar and sprinkle the bread pan with it.

Mix the ingredients together with the batter and add it to either two small bread pans or one big bread pan like I did. Then bake for 45 to 60 minutes. 

The end result of the Amish Friendship Bread recipe. It didn’t come out as pretty as I hoped, but that is probably because I made a large loaf instead of two smaller loaves. It tastes really good, though. Photo taken by Carly Newton. 

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