Amish Friendship Bread- Starter, Intructions and Recipe

One of my son’s friends shared with him a “starter” for Amish Friendship Bread. Amish Friendship Bread is sort of like a chain letter. It gets passed from one friend to another to another. It’s the gift that just keeps on giving.

For those of you who have never heard of Amish Friendship Bread and would like to try it, here is the starter recipe.


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. Poor into a Ziploc bag. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.

Note: If air gets in the bag, let it out as it is normal for the starter to bubble.

Day 2 – Mush the bag

Day 3 – Mush the bag

Day 4 – Mush the bag

Day 5 – Mush the bag

Day 6 – Open the bag and add 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk. Close and mush the bag.

Day 7 – Mush the bag

Day 8 – Mush the bag

Day 9 – Mush the bag

Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide one cup into 3 bags. Write the date on the bag and give it away to three of your friends along with a copy of the instructions

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 package vanilla INSTANT Pudding
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

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

Grease two loaf pans with butter, and sprinkle with flour.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.

Note: The batter can be frozen and prepared at a later date.

The bread is quite good and the recipe has been around for years. i actually remember making it as a young girl.

When my son brought home the Ziploc bag containing the contents of the starter I had no idea what it was. To be honest, it looked gross.

amish starter

From Amish Starter to:

Amish bread

Finished Amish Friendship Bread

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