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Amish Friendship Bread


Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing.
Do not refrigerate
When air builds up in the bag, let it out.
Its normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment

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  • Amish Friendship Bread Starter


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Day 1 - Do Nothing
Day 2 - Mush the Bag
Day 3 - Mush the Bag
Day 4 - Mush the Bag
Day 5 - Mush the Bag

Step 2

Day 6 - Add to the bag, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar. Mush the Bag

Step 3

Day 7 - Mush the bag
Day 8 - Mush the Bag
Day 9 Mush the Bag

Step 4

Day 10 - Pour the contents of the bag into a non-metal bag. Add 1 1/2 cup sugar, flour and milk to the batter. Mix well. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 1 gallon freezer bags. Mark each bag with the date. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 away to friends along with a copy of the recipe.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 325.

Step 6

Add to the remaining batter in the bowl the following:
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 large box instant vanilla or chocolate pudding

Step 7

Grease 2 large loaf pans and mix additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust greased loaf pans with half of this mixture.

Step 8

Pour batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining mixture of sugar onto the batter.

Step 9

Bake for one hour. Cool until bread loosens from the pan evenly, about 10 minutes.

Step 10

Optional: add 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup dried blueberries, 1 cup dried cranberries or a combination of all three.


If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking every 10 days. the bread is very good and makes a good gift. Only the Amish know how to create a "starter" so if you give them all away you will have to wait until someone gives you one back.

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  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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