Amish Friendship Bread Recipe
1 pkg Dry yeast, active (1/4 oz)
1/4 cup Warm water
3 cups Flour, all-purpose
3 cups Sugar
3 cups Milk
The above ingredients make what is known as the “starter.” Do not use metal utensils
or bowls. This concoction will smell pretty bad, as it ferments. Many Amish people add
additional ingredients to the dough before baking, such as vanilla or chocolate pudding
Making the Amish Friendship Bread starter:
Dissolve yeast in the warm water and allow it to stand for 10 minutes. Combine 1 cup of
flour and 1 cup of sugar, mixing thoroughly in a non-metal bowl. Slowly add in 1 cup of
milk and the dissolved yeast-water and stir. Loosely cover the bowl and let stand at
room temperature. Mixture will become bubbly. This is day 1 of the 10 day process.
Days 2-4: You may stir starter with a non-metal spoon.
Day 5: Stir in 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk, using a non-metal spoon.
Days 6-9: You may stir starter with a non-metal spoon.
Day 10: Stir in 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk, using a non-metal spoon. Remove 1
cup of the starter to make your bread, and share two cups with friends or neighbors,
while keeping one cup to start the process all over again.
Making and baking your Amish Friendship Bread from the starter:
To the 1 cup of starter add 1 cup of oil, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 cup of milk, stirring
the ingredients together well in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp
baking soda, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1-1/2 tsp of baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon,
and 1 large pkg of vanilla. [Note: Other ingredients may be optionally added, such as
instant powdered puddings (vanilla, chocolate, banana, etc), chopped nuts, mashed
bananas, or even applesauce in place of the oil.]
Combine the two bowls and stir well; pour into two good sized bread pans and sprinkle
with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out clean from
center (approximately 1 hour). This Amish Friendship Bread recipe makes two large
loaves. Experiment and have fun with the final recipe!
Amish Friendship Bread is
also known as Amish
Cinnamon Bread and is
shared sort of like a chain
letter amongst friends. The
"starter" can be used to make
many different kinds of
breads. It is simple to make
and also to experiment with!