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How to Make Amish Friendship Bread

Regardless of your religious affiliations, you can enjoy delicious Amish Friendship Bread and strengthen your friendships at the same time.


  • Step 1: Get starter Make an Amish Friendship Bread starter, or get one from another baker.
  • Step 2: Knead the starter and add ingredients Knead the bag of starter once a day on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days after you make or get it. On the sixth day, open the bag and add 1 cup each of the flour, sugar, and milk. Then reseal the bag and knead it to mix everything together.
  • Step 3: Knead again Knead the mixture in the bag twice a day on the seventh, eighth, and ninth days. On the 10th day, transfer the mixture to a ceramic, wooden, or plastic bowl and add another cup each of flour, sugar, and milk. Mix it up with a non-metal utensil and divide it into three equal batches, sealing two in separate plastic bags to give to friends.
  • Step 4: Add oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla Preheat your oven to 330 degrees Fahrenheit and add the oil, eggs, the remaining 1/2 cup milk, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix it thoroughly and set the bowl aside.
  • TIP: Instead of 1 cup oil, you can use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce.
  • Step 5: Mix the batter Mix the remaining flour, 1 cup of sugar, the baking powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the salt, baking soda, pudding, and nuts in a separate, non-metallic bowl. Add the mixture to the starter, stir it until everything is combined, and then divide it between the two loaf pans.
  • TIP: You can substitute almonds for walnuts.
  • Step 6: Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over batter Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Transfer the pans to the oven and bake the bread for one hour. Let the loaves cool for 15 minutes, remove them from the pans, and enjoy your Amish friendship bread.
  • FACT: Amish children speak only Dutch until they learn English in school.

You Will Need

  • Starter
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3.4-oz. package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts
  • Non-metallic bowls and utensils
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • 2 8 x 4 x 2 1/2-in. loaf pans
  • Almonds (optional)

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