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(Amish) Friendship Bread

As promised here is the recipe for the actual Friendship Bread or Amish Friendship Bread as it’s called sometimes. Amish Friendship Bread has been around a long time, and some people claim that the recipe did indeed come from the Amish. However, there is no real connection to the Amish people. No matter where the original recipe came from, the fun is in the sharing. You create a bread mixture and after it is ready to bake you share some of the dough with your friends or family. You give your friends parts of the dough, and you keep some of it so that you can continue to make it. You can keep the chain going on your own, and your friends can start chains of it as well. No matter what, the Amish Friendship Bread is something that you can all share.

If you get a starter from a friend, you can easily follow the instructions that come with it. There are also so many things you can do with the mixture once you are ready to bake it! I will give some examples of what you can add to your bread at the end. It’s up to you, be creative! Have fun!!

Friendship Bread


1 cup starter mix

2/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts


1. In a large bowl combine starter, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir well.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

3. Stir dry ingredients into wet mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

4. Spoon mixture into 2 well greased loaf pans and bake in a 350º oven for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


– use chopped pecans & dried apricots in place of the walnuts and chocolate chips

– substitute 1 teaspoon rum extract for the vanilla and add 1 cup of flaked coconut and 1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple

– substitute raisins for the chips

– omit the chips and add 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup raisins

– omit the chips and nuts, substitute 1 teaspoon nutmeg for the cinnamon and add 2 cups fresh blueberries

Friendship Bread Starter

Some of you may remember doing a “Friendship Bread” years ago. I know I did it and passed it on and it was fun even though the idea of this stuff sitting on my counter bubbling away was strange to say the least. It is a nice throwback to days when we spent the time to bake and share with our friends, before we were all so busy with work, kids, school, life… If you’ve never tried this before give it a shot. It does take commitment so make sure you have the time to put into it. It takes 10 days for the ‘starter’ to be ready.

Friendship Bread – which is often called Amish Friendship Bread, is something that you can do with your friends or family members. In fact, it is a way to continue doing something for others, even if baking bread is something that not a lot of people do today. Giving bread and other gifts to your friends can show them what they mean to you, and Amish Friendship Bread is a great place to start. It melts in your mouth, and is something you’ll crave as you run out of it!


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup granulated sugar


2 cups flour, divided

2 cups milk, divided

2 cups granulated sugar, divided

Friendship Bread Starter


Place 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar into a large glass or plastic bowl/container with a lid and stir with a wooden spoon. You can use a ceramic crock also. If you use a bowl just cover with plastic wrap. (I used to use those 2 lb deli containers but any container that is glass, ceramic or plastic is fine. And yes for some reason you have to use a wooden spoon.)No metallic bowls or utensils!

DAY 2, 3, 4

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.


Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well.

DAY 6,7,8,9

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.

DAY 10

Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add remaining 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well. Remove 3 cups of the ‘starter’ and place each cup in a separate non-metal container. Give to three friends! There will be 2 cups of ‘starter’ left. One is to bake and the other is to keep and start again if you like! (You can bake both if you don’t want to start again!)

**Friendship Bread Recipe Coming Next Thursday!!**

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