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Amazing Amish Friendship Bread

Updated June 14, 2018

Make this Amazing Amish Friendship Bread for your family, they won't be able to get enough of it. Amish recipes never go out of popularity and this one is a classic.

Makes 2 large loaves or 4 small loaves

To find a recipe for Amish Friendship Bread Starter, check out this easy recipe!!

Did you enjoy this recipe? It was featured in a collection of more great Amish recipes. Check out, How To Make Amish Friendship Bread: Plus 10 Other Easy Amish Recipes!

Cooking Time50 min


  • 1 cup Amish friendship bread starter (see note section below for recipe)
  • 2 cups divided flour
  • 2 cups divided sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour


  1. On the first day of the process, do nothing to the 1 cup of starter dough. Leave it, covered, in a warm place.
  2. On days 2, 3 and 4, stir the starter with a wooden spoon ( do not use a metal spoon).
  3. On the 5th day, add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk and stir.
  4. On days 6, 7, 8 and 9, stir only.
  5. On day 10, add 1 cup of this mixture into each of 2 containers and give, along with bread recipe, to friends.
  6. Keep 1 cup refrigerated until you are ready to start the next batch of bread.
  7. You should have 4 cup of starter left to make bread. To that add the oil, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, 2 cup flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Mix well and pour into greased and sugared loaf pans (whatever size and shape you wish).
  10. Bake 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  11. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans.

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I use to make this and give out to all my firends and family. They love it and they passed it on.

A few years ago I got a bee in my bonnet and made this recipe. It turned out great. My only problem was getting rid of all the starter. I hate to waste anything, especially food but I had more starter to get rid of than friends!!!

Thank You for this recipe.

ljsbws2001 1610704: Thank you for all of your suggestions! It sounds like you're an Amish friendship bread expert! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with fellow readers. Blair, editor for

For less calories/cholesterol use 1/2 c. oil and 1/2 c. applesauce. I still have my starter from 20 years ago. I actually received it from an Amish friend in Middlefield, OH. When you divide your starter to give to friends, save one and freeze it. It keeps as long as it is frozen. When you put it out to thaw, that is Day 1. I've tried chocolate chips and chocolate pudding. Bananas and banana pudding. Lemon pudding works but doesn't give much flavor.

banana pudding sounds great! Do you just add one box to the bread recipe when baking?

@Jkaustin02, Thanks for that great suggestion!

where is the starter mix ?? how do ya get it. ?? Thank ya.. Fluffy480

A variation is to add to the mixture 1 box of any flavor INSTANT pudding and either/or 1 cup chopped nuts or 1 bag of baking chips such as chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate, etc...mix and match your "add ins" to the pudding flavor! We do pistachio pudding and pistachio nuts for example. Or chocolate pudding and white chocolate chips. This will make a VERY tasty "cake" that also freezes well.'s addicting AND fattening! Also usually bake for 1 hour, and cool for 1 hour to make sure it's set good and easier to remove from pan. I have been making this for YEARS.


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