Gingerbread Amish Friendship Bread

Submitted by: Friendship Bread Kitchen
Image (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen

“The bread was fragrant, moist and truly flavorful–the Kitchen smelled divine! The crystallized ginger was the perfect touch.”

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Yield: 2 loaves

Recipe at a Glance

  • add 6 tablespoons molasses
  • add 1 teaspoon ginger
  • add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • add 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • add 1/2 cup diced crystallized ginger


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup diced crystallized ginger, plus 2 tablespoons for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
  3. Grease two large loaf pans.
  4. Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans. Top with 2 tablespoons diced crystallized ginger and sugar.
  6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. ENJOY!

Kitchen Notes

If available, use turbinado sugar (also known as raw sugar, which has larger crystals) with the chopped crystallized ginger to top the batter. Add a dollop of fresh whipping cream for a festive dessert!

From Linda Delescale: “Use dark brown sugar in place of the white sugar, except for the pan coating and add in 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom to give the bread a little extra zing.”

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L to R:  (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; (c) Linda Delescale


  1. This gingerbread receipe sounds wonderful. Exactly what is crystallized ginger, and where can you get it? Thanks

    • Jill Justice says:

      Hi Renae!

      Crystallized ginger is dried chunks of plump, sweetened ginger usually coated in sugar. It has a chewy and crunchy texture and full ginger flavor – very nice. You can usually find it packaged in small bags in specialty/gourmet sections of your grocery store. Asian markets also usually carry crystallized ginger. If you’re near a Trader Joe’s, they carry it in the dried fruit section. Hope this helps because that Gingerbread recipe is amazing!

  2. Linda Delescale says:

    So glad I came across this recipe. I’m loving making Amish Friendship Bread and recently made Apricot with Ginger which gave me the desire for a gingerbread cake. I was going to wing it, but now have a better guideline. Thank you!!

  3. just made this.it turned out awesome. used the gingerbread pudding instead of vanilla. (seasonal item).
    this is soooo goood.

  4. Just made this today and had my first slice (I love the ends) and it was AMAZING!! This is definitely a keeper and I will be sharing it with my co-workers tomorrow.

  5. I forgot to mention that I used two boxes of the gingerbread pudding instead of vanilla as suggested in another post. Good choice.

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