This Amish Friendship Bread recipe is a fun way to share something yummy with friends. Learn how to make a starter, how to pass along to friends and print a recipe to share with the starter.
Why Amish Friendship Bread is the Best
Sweet quick bread recipes are always a favorite around our house. We love delicious bread recipes, like banana bread, pumpkin bread, and Amish Friendship Bread. I remember my mom receiving a bag with the bread start. As a kid I loved mixing the start each day in the bag. As the days pass, adding a couple of ingredients grows the start so that it is enough to share with friends a bag of starter for sweet bread. It is like sharing on online, only better because, it is something real and it tastes delicious!
This bread can be switched up to try in different flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, even butterscotch. Experiment with any flavors of instant pudding you can find. My favorite way to make it is with a vanilla pudding mix, but chocolate is so good too. The touch of cinnamon and sugar tops of the amish friendship bread perfectly. And I’ve shared a bunch of variations below the recipe to experiment with!
The separate batches of the starter batter are great to share with friends, or do the work for them and wrap up a fresh loaf of bread with some baker’s twine to make their day. If sharing the Amish Friendship Bread start be sure to print off the directions below to go along with the starter.
Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
Mix the following ingredients to make your own starter in a gallon sized bag:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
You could mix in a small bowl or plastic container, but it is easier to just mix it right in a the bag. It will also allow you to easily mix and mush the starter on the next day and throughout the schedule.
Daily Starter Instructions
Here are the instructions for the 10-day process to prep the starter for baking. Place the starter in a gallon sized ziplock bag and write the following on it (or just print out the printable below):
- Day One: This is the day you receive bread start. Do nothing.
- Day Two: Mush the bag.
- Day Three: Mush the bag.
- Day Four: Mush the bag.
- Day Five: Mush the bag.
- Day Six: Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Add to bag.
- Day Seven: Mush the bag
- Day Eight: Mush the bag.
- Day Nine: Mush the bag.
- Day Ten: Combine in a large or medium bowl: batter, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup of sugar. Stir and put 1 cup of starter in four gallon sized bags. Keep one for yourself and give the recipe and one starter bag to three friends with the remaining batter.
Other starter tips: Do not use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing, be sure to use a wooden spoon. Do not refrigerate, keep at room temperature. If air gets into the ziploc bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment.
Grab the kids and have them help as you make your Amish Friendship Bread. Have them mush to bag, or help add ingredients. Grease loaf pans and let them sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture. Once they try it, they will be excited to help make it!
Now go on and share this amish friendship bread with all your friends. They deserve it. Plus, check out the printable recipe amish bread recipe below! It is easy to print it off and send it to your friends!
Tips for Baking
- Different ovens bake differently and on different temperatures. You might need to experiment to get the right temperature and length of baking time. Try baking at 325°F to 350°F for anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes.
- Baking time also depends on the size of bread pans used. Mini loaves will take less time than larger loaf pans.
- Be sure to only fill pans halfway full to avoid spillover.
- When bread is finished a toothpick inserted should come out clean.
- When mixing mix until just combined, do not over mix. This can cause the bread to sink in the middle.
- Bread and starts can be frozen. Thaw completely before serving or baking.
- When adding fruits or other mix ins as listed in the variations, the baking time may need to be increased.
Frequently Asked Questions about Amish Friendship Bread
Does this recipe require active dry yeast?
It does not. My family has made this recipe for years and we’ve never added yeast, and have had great success with this recipe. It is a tried and true recipe for sure. You can if you would like, but it is definitely not a necessary component of this amish bread starter. Feel free to add a packet of yeast when mixing up the starter.
Can I substitute brown sugar for white sugar?
Yes, you can although the sweetness will be the same, the texture might be a little different.
Can I mix the starter with a metal spoon or in a metal bowl?
No, this will interfere with the fermentation process of the amish friendship starter. Instead use a plastic or glass bowl when mixing up your bread mix.
Click here for the download: Recipe Printable to share
Recipe and Instructions
To make the bread you will need the following ingredients:
- baking powder
- cold or warm milk
- baking soda
- instant pudding
- own starter
- gallon size plastic bags
Amish Friendship Bread Variations
There are so many ways to make this bread your own and to your own unique flavor preferences. Changing up the flavor of pudding, or adding mix ins can change up this recipe for a different taste.
- Chocolate Chip with Coconut Bread: Use chocolate pudding and add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
- Almond Cake Bread: Substitute pure almond extract for the vanilla (1 teaspoon). Use white chocolate pudding mix.
- Orange Chocolate Chip Bread: Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and orange test to taste. Use vanilla pudding mix.
- Lemon Poppy Seed Bread: Use two small boxes of lemon pudding mix rather than one large. Add 1/4 cup poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon of lemon extract instead of vanilla and omit cinnamon. Bake for 75 Minutes or until cooked through.
- Pineapple Lemon Bread: Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chopped dried pineapple and use lemon pudding mix.
- Lemon Cranberry: Use lemon pudding mix, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, 3/4 cup dried cranberries.
- Banana Bread: Use banana cream pudding mix and add 2 mashed bananas. Omit cinnamon. Optional: 1 cup of nuts and/or 1/2 cup to 1 cup chocolate chips.
- Caramel Apple Bread: Add 1 cup dried apples and 2 small boxes of caramel pudding mix.
- Macadamia Bread: Add 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, 3/4 cup macadamia nuts and use cheesecake pudding mix.
- Pineapple, Pistachio, Coconut Pudding Bread: Add 1 cup of drained crushed pineapple, 1 cup shredded coconut and use pistachio pudding mix.
Amish Friendship Bread
- loaf pans
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 5.1 oz pudding mix not sugar free, any flavor
- 1/2 teaspoon baking sodas
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mix all ingredients in a large or medium bowl with the remaining batter after dividing your starter into four bags.
- Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar.
- Spray two smaller bread pans with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle the pans with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Pour batter into pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
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Originally Posted 6.19.2014 // Updated 4.15.2020