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Amish Friendship Bread – A Love-Hate Relationship

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Amish women are fantastic cooks!  They haven’t served a meal yet that the English couldn’t resist.  The noodles are beyond compare.  The fried chicken is tender and juicy.  The mashed potatoes are mouthwatering.  The green beans are the best.


If you haven’t experienced a family-style dinner made by an Amish family, you are missing out.


Oh, we can’t forget the desserts.  The sweet taste of Amish Friendship Bread is magnificent.  The whoopie pies are a favorite among many.  The cookies melt in your mouth.  The pies are delicious.  


How do I know this?  I live in Amish country in northern Indiana.


There are several Amish recipes I have acquired over the years.  Today, I will share with you my experience in making one my family loves.  


Be sure to read this entire post.  There’s a free printable enclosed.


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Note:  please consider involving your children in this making this recipe.  There’s a step they will enjoy doing.  You might even want to complete a mini-unit study on the Amish way of life.



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Amish Friendship Bread isn’t your typical kind of bread.  There is no kneading to do or waiting for the dough to rise, and it certainly isn’t done in one afternoon.


You won’t be baking this bread until 10 days after you begin the process.  Yep, you read that right.  The starter needs to ferment for 10 days.


Look ahead on your calendar to make sure you will have time to bake the bread on the 10th day.


Amish Friendship Bread Starter


You need a starter to make the Amish Friendship Bread.  It’s easy to do when following these instructions.




Ingredients for Amish Friendship Bread


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

1 cup milk

1 package active dry yeast

¼ cup warm water








It’s important to use a non-metal bowl and utensils with this recipe.  A chemical reaction will occur with using metal bowls and metal utensils, thus ruining the starter.


  1. Dissolve the yeast in water in a small bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  1. Combine the flour and sugar, and mix thoroughly.
  1. Stir in the milk and dissolved yeast / water combination.
  1. Pour the starter into a gallon-sized plastic bag.



The Fermenting Begins


You will want to keep track of the daily instructions on how to take care of the starter.  Either write the instructions on a piece of paper or on the plastic bag itself.


Day One – Do nothing since this is the day you made the starter.


Fermentation of Amish Friendship Bread


Note: You will notice the starter will cause the plastic bag to expand over the next several days.  This is a normal part of the fermenting process.  Just open the bag, squeeze out the air, and close the bag again.





Day Two – Mix the starter by squeezing the bag.  This is the part your kids will want to do.  Warn them not to squeeze too hard or the bag will open and there will be a mess for them to clean up.


Day Three – Mix the contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Four – Mix the contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Five – Mix the contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Six – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.  Mash the bag.


Day Seven – Mix the starter contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Eight – Mix the contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Nine – Mix the contents by squeezing the bag.


Day Ten – The big day has arrived.


  1. Add the contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl.
  1. Add 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 ½ cups of sugar, 1 ½ cups of milk and stir well.
  1. Divide the starter by 1 cup each into gallon-sized plastic bags. The starter will yield 4 cups or more.  My last batch yielded 5 cups.


Keep one of the starters for yourself for future use.

Keep a second starter for today’s baking.

Share the other starters with friends.  Be sure to give them a copy of this recipe.  Let them know this is their Day One.

This is where the love – hate relationship begins.  

Your friends are going to love the taste of the Amish Friendship Bread, and want to bake their own.  Their starters will yield 4 or more starters.  Your friends will share it with their friends.

Soon there will be so many starters and not enough friends left.

The good news is you can freeze the starters and bake them later.  I currently have 7 in my freezer.


Note:  The starter will not freeze solid.


When you are ready for more bread, remove one of the starters from the freezer, let it thaw thoroughly, and bake the same day.


Baking Day


  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  1. Grease 2 bread pans with oil
  1. Combine ½ cup sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon.
  1. Dust the interior of the bread pans with the sugar and cinnamon combination.


Remember not to use a metal bowl or metal utensils.



1 cup of the starter

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsps. cinnamon

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

1 large box instant vanilla pudding

3 eggs

1 cup oil

½ cup milk

½ tsp vanilla




  1. Mix the batter well.
  1. Pour evenly into the 2 bread pans
  1. Bake for one hour.
  1. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.
  1. Let the bread cool.


Amish Friendship Bread


Enjoy the delicious Amish Friendship Bread.  It won’t last long.


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Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant


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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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