Amish Friendship Bread, Starter And Recipes

by Margielynn

Amish friendship bread is delicious and fun to make! Share the starter and the baked bread and make a friend. It is moist and scrumptious pick one of ten flavors you like!

Amish Friendship Bread is delicious, you do need friends to give some of the friendship starter. It will need a little attention by using it and giving the starter away!

The baked bread makes lovely gifts for any occasion, everyone enjoys homemade cooking! You might put some pounds on because it is yummy.

There are ten variations, to name a few there is the banana nut, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, pumpkin, cranberry orange, lemon, carrot to mounds bar! Hope you enjoy the bread and makes some new friends.

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Amish Friendship Bread
Amish Friendship Bread

Bread Starter Recipe

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup milk


  • Use gallon Ziploc bags.

  • Do not use a metal spoon or bowl.

  • Do not refrigerate the starter but you can freeze it.

  1. Day 1: Do nothing.

  2. Day 2, 3, 4, 5: Mush the bag to mix it.

  3. Day 6: Add one cup of flour, one cup of sugar and one cup of milk. Mush the bag to mix.

  4. Day 7, 8, 9: Mush the bag. Release air from the bag twice daily.

  5. Day 10: Add one cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk. Mush the bag to mix.

  • Pour three one cup starters into three Ziploc bags. Keep one for yourself and give two to friends with the instructions.

  • Use the remaining batter to make the bread.

Basic Amish Friendship Bread Recipe



  • 1 cup oil

  • ½ cup milk

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a separate bowl mix:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 1-5.1 ounce box vanilla instant pudding


  1. Mix the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients.

  2. Pour into two large or four small loaf pans.

  3. Spray the loaf pans with cooking spray.

  4. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with cinnamon sugar; also sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the loaf before baking.

  5. Bake in a preheated 325 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Variations for Friendship Bread

  1. Start with the basic recipe each time.

  2. Bake for 45 to 1 hour until the toothpick comes out clean.

Apple Cinnamon


  • 1 cup of raisins

  • 1 medium apple, diced

Banana Nut


  • cinnamon


  • oil to 1/3 cup


  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 bananas, ripe, mashed

  • ½ cup nuts, chopped

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Chocolate Chip


  • cinnamon


  • 1-5.1 ounce box of instant chocolate pudding

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 teaspoons cocoa

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Mounds Bar


  • cinnamon


  • 1-5.1 ounce box of chocolate instant pudding

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup coconut



  • Cinnamon


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  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips.



  • cinnamon, nuts and vanilla extract


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-5.1 ounce box of lemon pudding

  • 1 cup milk

Strawberry Cheesecake Friendship Bread

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  • oil to 1/3 cup.

  • cinnamon to 1 teaspoon


  • white sugar


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée


  • Increase the cinnamon to 1 tablespoon.


  • 3 medium carrots, shredded

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup chunky applesauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon clove

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Bake in abundt pan until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Delicious with cream cheese frosting.

Cranberry Orange


  • Milk


  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Have you ever made Amish Friendship Bread?

Updated: 11/26/2017, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 09/04/2017

HI, Trey. You give three. 1 cup bags of starter to friends, If you have more than one cup, and do not have anyone to give to, freeze it. To use frozen starter just thaw at room temperature and use it as usual.

Trey on 09/03/2017

I have a question: I'm keeping all my starter to bake with. I used one cup and have about 3 cups left. Can it sit on the counter all week until I bake again next week or should I freeze a cup for baking? If I do freeze a cup, do I have to do anything to make it usable? Just thaw and use? TIA!

Margielynn on 08/14/2017

Hi DerdriuMarriner, I do not know about Texas, but our family loves the pumpkin! We are Pumpkin fans. They are all good!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/14/2017

Margielynn, Which of the 10 variations is most popular in Texas?

Margielynn on 08/07/2017

HI Kathryn, all the steps you take with the starter will cause it to ferment before you use it. Very delicious!

Kathryn on 08/06/2017

Doesn't this starter require yeast?????

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