Here it is.
The original Amish Friendship Bread.
Now you’d think with over 250 Amish Friendship Bread recipes in the Recipe Box, I’d have a ton of favorites. And I do. But I’ve got to say the original recipe (with raisins and nuts and all that cinnamon-sugar glory) is in first place. Okay, maybe second only to this one, but honestly it’s a pretty close race. If I’m in a pinch and want to gift a loaf of bread in a hurry, I know I can count on this classic recipe to make even the grouchiest person happy (and sometimes that grouchy person is me).
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1-2 small boxes instant pudding (any flavor)
- 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
- Grease two large loaf pans.
- Dust the greased pans with a mixture of ½ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
- Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on the top.
- 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.
Looking to make it healthier? Swap out ½ cup of oil with ½ cup of applesauce or 1 egg with ¼ cup mashed banana.
If you like raisins, combine different variations (golden, Thompson, and red flame) to keep it flavorful and interesting. A few years ago, our neighbor began to give us a bag of homemade sugared pecans every Christmas. I never knew what to do with it, it was so crazy sweet and there was always so much of it. I found its true calling one day when I chopped some up and tossed it into my Amish Friendship Bread batter when I couldn’t find any plan nuts to add. It gave the bread an extra sweet crunch so now I keep a bag of candied pecans or walnuts frozen in our freezer for just this purpose.
I’m moving all our recipes over to the Easy Recipe format, which makes it easy to print, save, and mark your favorite Amish Friendship Bread recipes. The other cool thing? You can rate each recipe! So if you’ve made this one before, throw a few stars its way.
There are so many ways to make this and you really can’t get it wrong.If you’re ever feeling like you want to take a walk on the wild side, you can try another variation but just know that you’ll always have this one to come home to.
- Need an Amish Friendship Bread Primer with the ten-day instructions? Go here for this simple 101.
- Don’t have a friend to give you a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter? Make your own! Go here for the recipe.
- No time to get a starter going? Try our Starter-Free/No Starter Amish Friendship Bread here.
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