Amish friendship bread

One of my “things” at the moment is wanting to get to know my neighbourhood and build that community feel for my family. Whilst we have lived here for a couple of years now we haven’t really taken the time to get to know the town, its history, its people, the local plants, animal, insects etc etc. Now I am spending time in the town with Charlie’s pre-school it has made me realise that i want to “belong” here. So that was my mission…….one that I hadn’t done anything about until my friend Running Stitch handed me a amish friendship bread starter kit. I looked it up online and whilst some people are calling it the “kitchen chain letter” and apparately are feeling the pressure of having to watch a bag of batter for 10 days before they can cook it, I thought it was a wonderful idea and am fully embracing the idea. It is totally delicious and tomorrow I am taking it to the neighbours!!!! here are some details and the recipe……….thought about sending it over to England but not sure how it would work out. Have read horror stories about it exploding if left for a long time and I wouldn’t want to explain that to the postal service!

Amish Friendship Bread

This is more than a recipe – it’s a way of thinking. In our hi-tech world almost everything comes prepackaged and designed for instant gratification. So where does a recipe that takes ten days to make fit in? Maybe it’s a touch stone to our past – to those days not so very long ago when everything we did took time and where a bread that took 10 days to make was not as extraordinary as it seems today.

The recipe comes to us from Mrs. Norma Condon of Los Angeles. Amish Friendship Bread is a great bread for the holidays. When you’ve made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called “friendship bread”. It makes a great homemade birthday and Christmas present. Church groups and hospitals have spread a lot of love and cheer by making Amish Friendship Bread for their members. Many people make it regularly just because it tastes so good!

Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. If you know someone with a starter, you are in luck. For those of you without access to a starter, we’ve done our research and found a great option. It’s a special starter in powder form that can be activated with flour and water; it’s safe, very inexpensive and we can send it to you.

Starter for Amish Friendship Bread (G-110)

The Recipe

Amish Cinnamon Friendship Bread

Important Tips:

  • Do not use a metal bowl or spoon for mixing (see my note about this below)
  • Do not refrigerate.
  • It is normal for batter to thicken, bubble, or ferment

Day 1: You receive the fermented batter in a 1 gallon ziploc bag. Do Nothing. Just place the bag on the kitchen counter.

Day 2: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 3: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 4: Add 1 c. of flour, 1 c. of sugar, 1 c. of milk. Squeeze bag.

Day 5: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 6: Add 1 c. each flour, sugar, and milk. Squeeze bag.

Day 7: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 8: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 9: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 10: In a large, non-metal bowl, combine batter with 1 c. each flour, sugar, and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon. Pour four 1-cup starters into individual gallon ziploc bags. Give away starters to friends with this set of directions. It is important to follow this sequence exactly.

To the remaining batter add:

  • 1 c. canola oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 t. cinnamon

In separate bowl, mix 1 t. cinnamon and 3 T. sugar. Sprinkle into well-greased loaf pans and coat the sides with sugar mixture. Do not use Pam or other non-stick spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until done.


Banana Bread:

  • 1 box instant banana pudding
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 handfuls of nuts

Chocolate Bread:

  • 1 box of instant choc. pudding
  • 1 T. cocoa
  • 2 handfuls of chocolate chips

We will see how the neighbours take to it!!! As for me, I will hve delicious amish bread every 10 days. Not sure how long it will be before I run out of friends and neighbours to get a starter kit to, at a rate of 3 starters kits to hand out every 10 days. My town has less than 2000 people, we are going to be over run with amish bread………………..!

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  1. will it hurt if I make the bread on the 9th day? I will not be able to make it on day 10?


  3. We love Amish Friendship Bread. We Make It all The time.

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