Thursday, March 14, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread

After cleaning out the freezer, I found a small container of the starter for the Amish Friendship Bread. I'm inspired to make some, and thought I'd share the recipe..

Mind you, this is a 10 day process if you do not have a "starter"...

Below is the actual bread recipe, but you won't need this until you do the starter
(Recipes found on

Amish Friendship Bread
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread starter
2/3 vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 (9x5 inch) loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Amish bread starter with oil, eggs, 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
It all starts with the "starter". Every variation of the Amish Friendship Bread starts with this. It's basically a pay-it-forward thing. You make the starter (this recipe yields 4 cups), when it's finished, you share a cup each with your friends, along with the recipe and so on.

Now to start:

(It is very important to use non-metallic utensils and containers! Don't know why, but that's what it says)

Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 pkg of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 - 1 cup flour
3 - 1 cup milk, warm
3 - 1 cup sugar

Day 1
  • In a small bowl, dissolve 1 pkg of active dry yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Set it aside for 10 minutes
  • In a 2-qt glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix the flower and sugar well (so as to avoid lumps later.. I used a plastic fork to kind of wisk it and blend it all together).
  • Slowly stir in 1 cup of warm milk (I put mine in the microwave for half a minute) and the yeast mixture into the flour/sugar mix. (I used a trusty plastic spoon to stir as I poured slowly)
  • Cover mixture loosely and set aside. Day 1 completed.
Day 2 - 4
  • Stir starter mixture with a spoon. Cover loosely and set aside again.
Day 5
  • Add and stir in 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk to the starter. Stir, and again, cover loosely and set aside.
Day 6 - 9
  • Stir starter mixture with a spoon. Cover loosely and set aside for the next day.
Day 10
  • Add and stir in 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk to the starter. Stir well.
  • Divide your starter into 1-cup portions.
  • Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2- 1-cup starters to your friends, and store the last cup in the freezer or use the remaining cup and repeat the steps again (beginning with day 2 of this recipe..*once you have the starter, consider it Day 1, so you will ignore Day 1 of this recipe and proceed to Day 2)

As I have done the starter before, these pictures were taken then..

Day 1:

Day 2:
Day 2

Day 3:
Day 3

Day 4:
Day 4

Day 5:
Day 5

Day 6:
Day 6

Day 7:
Day 7

Day 8:
Day 8

Day 9:

Day 9

Day 10:

This is how it actually looked, after stirring, and before adding the rest of the ingredients

Day 10

Divided into cups to share:
1-cup servings

After adding the ingredients to one 1-cup starter (recall the basic recipe, you can change this up per whatever Amish bread variation you prefer):

Batter ready

Baking in mini loaves as per instructions:


Et voila! A cinnamon-y sweet goodness


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