Amish Friendship Bread

As building a friendship takes time, so does making friendship bread.  Who knows?  You might find this recipe a way to step back into a time when friends didn’t need a calendar or a cell phone to share life together.  The question is can a recipe that takes ten days to make fit into your busy, high-tech world?  That’s up to you.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming up, it may the therapeutic boost of spirit you need and deserve.

Amish Friendship Bread is a special homemade gift to be passed from friend to friend. Below, you’ll find the recipe for the starter, as well as complete directions for how to make it once your starter is ready. When you pass the starter on to your friends, make sure they understand they will need to follow the instructions beginning with day one, and then will use the Amish Friendship Bread Recipe (with the oil, eggs, vanilla, etc.) on Day 10.  

Amish Friendship Bread is a wonderful way for friends to do life together by sharing countless loaves of bread baked in different kitchens that all began from the same bowl of simple ingredients. Choose a few friends and renew this wonderful old tradition, They will thank you for it!

Day 1 – Receive the starter from a friend, or start your own.  *See starter recipe below.

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

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:

2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
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.

*Amish Friendship Bread Starter

This is the Starter Recipe you’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!


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

For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions above for Amish Friendship Bread.

NOTE FROM ME:  Friends are always honest with one another, right?.  In case you’re wondering if I’ve made this bread, the answer is no, I haven’t.  In past years, I’ve had friends pass it on to me, and it is delicious.  So, if you’re game to try it, so am I.  If you do decide to take this assignment, and if you don’t self-destruct your kitchen or your sanity in the process, let me know how it turned out and something about the friends you passed it on to.

I wonder if the Amish have a saying for Bon Appѐtit.


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