Here it is.

The one.

The only.

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.
- ENJOY!

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 ZipList 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.

**Quick Links**

- 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.
- Want to try something new? Check out the Recipe Box and find 250+ Amish Friendship Bread recipes to bake and share with others. Click on the Recipe Box in the menu or go here.
- Have a photo to share of your Amish Friendship Bread? We’d love to see it! Submit your Amish Friendship Bread photo(s) here.

How do I get the starter

this is day 10– wow my bread turned out so yummy! I made french vanilla ( used 1 small box of pudding) with lots of nuts and dried fruit and it turned out so good! I got 4 small plump mini loafs and still have 5 bags of starter – which froze for now >>knowing what I want to make next–” raincoast crisps”, but need to get some ingredients and 2 new loaf pans.

i got the recipe for starter and bread but from making it once before this oen does not show what to do each day of the ten day process…u got recipe for starter then the actual recipe but it doesnt show what to do each of the ten day, any help????

For those questioning how to get the starter or what to do with the starter, it is all on the link “Amish Friendship Bread Starter” in the recipe

How can I obtain a starter for Friendship Bread

Is there a recipe for a friendship bread starter that makes its own yeast? putting certain ingredients together causes a reaction such as yeast does. i just don’t know which ingredients they are. it’s been such a very long time since i made this particular starter. thank you for your time and consideration of this email.

will enjoy trying this!!

hello. Well folks today is day10 for me and my starter. I am going to the next step, so wish me luck.

I have tried making sourdough starter before and it didn’t work for me. So, I am going to try this and hope for the best.

Betty

I made my starter last night! You can see a picture of it here:

http://ceceliadowdy.blogspot.com/2011/04/amish-friendship-bread-starter-day-one.html

I’m going to get my five-year-old son to help me squeeze the bag and add stuff during the 10-day process! I’ll be sure to leave another comment once we’ve made the bread!

Question – what if day 10 is a weekday and you don’t want to make the bread that day? What if you want to wait until the following Saturday or Sunday to bake the bread? is it possible to do this? Will it mess up the bread?

where do I get the starter bag. Or can I make one for myself.

I had my starter on the counter for 10-14 days past the time I was suppose to bake. Is it still good or should I throw it away ?

This stuff is incredibly flexible.

Simple and delicious. I made my starter from scratch and I ended up with more starter than usual. But that was great for me! I made loaves for family, friends, and coworkers. And still have plenty left for myself which I put in the freezer.

I am so excited to see this. It has been years since I had a starter..Thank you for posting this on facebook!! Patty

My starter’s almost ready to bake with! Any recommendations on which flavor of pudding to use in the bread? And is one box enough or does it really need two? Thanks.

Thanks It’s in the oven now and that’s what I did! I will check out the forums, didn’t think of looking there.

love the things I am able to make with the starter

help, in Spring I froze a cup of starter. I would like to start it up, what’s the next step?

How do I determine whether I need one or two boxes of pudding?

Smiles

Hi. I have a question. In the directions in the book, in one place it says you can bake yours the day you divide the starter ( day 10) and in another place it says you will be baking in ten days. (day 20?) If you give someone part of your starter can’t they also bake that day? Thanks. BTW I am on day 6.

What would cause my Amish bread to fall in the middle?

I’ve been making this for the past few months and have a modification to add that I just realized today.

My bread turns out SUPER moist by using whatever starter’s left in my bowl after measuring out my Ziploc bags. A friend used just 1 cup, as the directions say, but I found it too dry to eat. I usually have at least 2 cups of start left in my bowl.

When you say that you use “what’s left in the bowl after putting into Ziplock bags”, how many zip log bags are you filling, and how much goes into each bag? ( I am a TOTAL newby! Salli

The original instructions say you should have about 1 cup of starter in the bowl. But we’ve found it can be more, especially if you’ve made your starter from scratch. So you’re looking at 3-7 Ziploc bags of 1 cup each, plus 1 cup reserved for you to bake with. Have fun, Salli!

I made this bread today it is soooo good

I just found your website & printed the starter receipe. I baked 18 loaves last fall, from a starter & threw away 10 because they were very very moiste inside & were only about 3 to 4 inches tall. I bought glass loaf pans thinking that would help. Did a little. Do you think using the large box of pudding caused it not to raise & be so moiste? I baked some of the loaves 70 – 75 minutes! Thanks!

I think this is right, if you give away 1 cup of starter and your friend bakes with it then she won’t have any left. It’s best to give her 1 cup of starter and that would be “Day 1″ for her. That way she can continue to grow her starter and bake with it on Day 10.

If your friend gives you 1 cup of starter: add 1 cup milk 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour this IS day 9, day 10 stir, day 11 stir. day 12 you have 4 cups.

I have a question. if you do not cook bread today feed it with 1 teaspoon sugar and put it in the fridge. Do i do this every day until i cook bread?

let me clear up my comment above.

I use the 12 Day friendship bread.

Day 12 divide into 4 containers

At this point you can feed the 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1 cup milk to all 4 containers ( Day 9) day 10 stir, day 11 stir day 12 divide again…..ect.

this is so madden do you know how many pages i click on and never got the starter recipe for the starter what does a person have to do to just get the simple recipes when i used to make it it was just

1 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk then you made it with box cake mix what happen am very dispointed never had such a run a round in my life

Wish me luck, tomorrow I’m making my Amish Friendship bread, and I’m going to add strawberries and pecans!

Oh how i just luv Amish Friendship Bread, I would like to get a starter from someone but i don’t know anyone that is doing the breads, Please send the recipe to my email i would very much appreciate it so very much

J’aimerai me lancer dans la préparation de la recette, pour certains ingrédients, comme le Pudding, je ne sais pas si j’en trouverai en France ? Se pourrait-il qu’une amie française ait déjà réalisé la recette ? Pourriez-vous lui transmettre mon message afin qu’elle me donne sa recette ?

En tous cas, le livre m’a énormément plu, ce n’est que du pur bonheur, merci de l’avoir si bien écrit !!

A bientot, je l’espère….

Une amie de France

My friend gave me a starter already started with the add one-of-everything days marked on it. She gave it to me on the 29 and that was an add day, I didn’t get a chance to add that day. I did add today, the 30. Is it still good? Can I still bake on the 3, as marked? Or should I wait and bake on the 4?

It has been a number of years since I have made amish bread. I enjoyed making it and giving it away. One of my favorites was a white choclate with almonds and a triple choclate. I have just made some starter I am using plastic bags. I can not wait for day 10.

I started a starter without yeast last month and fed it as I was supposed to. I have since used the starter in some friendship bread. Although the bread tastes great it does not rise very high. The finished bread barely comes halfway up the loaf pan. Does this mean my starter is not quite right? HELP!

How long can the starter be left in the freezer before it “goes bad?” As much as we love friendship bread, sometimes we need a break and I don’t want to lose a good starter. Thanks!

How do I know when my starter is ready, and when do I put my starter in a bag?? Thanks for your help. This is my first time making Amish Friendship Bread and very excited. I have my mix in a plastic bowl and it’s been sitting on the counter, loosely covered for about 1 hour.

How come some of the breads in your pictures look so smooth? Are they without cinnamon? They look like they didn’t even crack on the top. I just took 2 loaves of original Amish Bread out of the oven now I have 2 loaves of regular with chocolate pudding and chocolate chips in the batter in the oven. Can’t wait to taste it!

This probably a stupid question, but once you start your starter (yeast, water, 1 cup each milk, sugar and flour), what do you do then? What is the 10 day process? I’ve never made it before, but my mom used to make it when I was in university and she’d send me some and I’d like to try it, but I don’t want to mess it up. Please help.

I am terribly confused, and not sure if I should be. I printed out the recipe for the starter and was getting ready to print out the recipe for the bread, when I realized the starter says to”Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions for Amish Friendship Bread.” I used to make this all the time with my mom when I was a girl, but I haven’t seen a starter in probably 15-20 years. I know there are things you add every so many days to your starter, but this recipe for Amish Friendship Bread does not give the directions for the steps to increase your starter. Do I need to increase my starter? Is there a way I can find the steps? My mom passed away in 2004 and I would like to teach my daughter how to make this like my mom did with me. Thanks!

Never mind!! I searched around this wonderful site and found what I was looking for. But, I do want know if anyone has ever heard of a starter that you add canned peaches to?? If could have been something else Mom was making, but I really don’t remember.

Hi, did you ever find the starter that you can add a canned of peaches? My husband been telling me about it, I don’t believe it not until I’ve read your comment. I tried and tried to look on the internet but never find it, I’ll keep on looking though. If you ever find that kind of starter would you please send me the recipe. PLEASE!!! Thanks!

Thank you for poasting the starter I love this bread but lost it and have been wanting to know how to start it,, I put a chopped up apple insted of the raisinis and black walnuts. Everyone loves it

Hi there,

it’s been years since I’ve made AFB, I can’t wait! I have my starter all set but where are the instructions for the next 10 days? I know I am missing something here. Thanks so much!!

Confused on the math from

http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/amish-friendship-bread

Day 1 = 1 cup starter

Day 5 add 3 cups stuff = 4 cups plus rise from yeast

Day 10 add 4 1/2 cups stuff, mix and take out 4 cups = 4 1/2 cups left to add eggs, oil etc to.

Recipe on this page starts with 1 cup starter and adds egg oil, etc.

What am I missing

Hi Dean,

Sometimes it’s easier to see it in the original form, so here: http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SCN_0001.jpg.

Basically there are two parts: the care and feeding of your starter, and then the actual baking. Days 1 through 10 are about caring for your starter. On Day 10 you add the final flour, milk, and sugar before dividing into equal portions of 1 cup each (the original instructions say 4 portions of 1 cup each, but because many people make their starter from scratch, they tend to end up with more as brand new starters are always more “enthusiastic” than ones that have been around the block!).

Now the recipe for the actual baking of the bread is the list of ingredients that begins with 1 cup of starter.

So if someone gave you a bag of starter, which should be about 1 cup, the day they gave it to you is Day 1. You go through the 10 days and then on Day 10 you bake.

Does this help?

I still see two different starting points for baking:

1. You get a starter bag and just want to make two loaves, ie. no feeding.

2. You complete the ten day process and end up with 4 starter bags and what is left in the bowl which is significantly more than 1 cup.

We did #2 above and bread turned out great, but I can’t see #1 being the same

Hi Dean! If you received a starter that’s been around for a while, #1 can taste great, too. #2 is great because you add a bit of your own kitchen (and starters do love to be fed) and you also get to share it. If you have an active starter (or one that’s been recently made using commercial yeast), the yield will be more than 4 cups (1 cup per bag – 3 bags + what’s in your bowl to bake with) so freeze the extra or give away a couple more bags. These are the original instructions that have been passed around for decades and works on the premise that your starter is healthy but not necessarily frothing and bubbling as much as the ones that have been “alive” longer (as the commercial yeast boost has died off or is no longer there).

Thanks for the input

When we made ours we used everything that was left in the bowl after taking out the 4 cup starter bags, (probably 4-5 cups of starter left in bowl) and the dough turned out very thick but baked a good tasting bread. We will do another with just the 1 cup starter and see how it turns out.

Hope to come back and post the results.

Yes, Dean, we’d love an update the next time you bake!

i recently received a starter from a friend and am following the directions. i love this bread and its been years since i have participated in one of these “swaps”. however, i found that as my friend was trying to pass on her started most people were not receptive to receiving them. so my question is when i get to the end of my days (day 10), instead of taking out the 4- 1 cup starters to give away, can i just make it all into bread? how would i do that? thanks. oh and i will be keeping a 1 cup started for myself to continue on. thanks

can you bake the bread before day 10?

If you made your starter from scratch, wait 10 days for the best flavor results and also so the yeast has a chance to do it’s magic in the starter. If you received a starter from someone else, then you can bake anytime.

I cant find the starter recipe i lost mine help me plz.

http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/pantry/amish-friendship-bread-starter

that dont tell u what you have to add for the next 10 days

Kathy, you only add ingredients on Day 6 and Day 10. The rest of the days you just mix the starter (or squish the bag). On Day 10, after you feed it, you divide it into equal portions of 1 cup each. You can bake or save your portion. If you save it, the ten day cycle starts over again. The starter is only fed twice in a 10 day period. Hope this helps.

i understand that part but what and how much do you feed it

Kathy, are you referring to the 10 Day process? This link provides the complete care and feeding of AFB in detail:

http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/amish-friendship-bread

oh my gosh thank you Darien so very much i have been looking for this for months my family and friend will be so happy I lost mine and couldnt make them anything thank you again

Is it possible to do this gluten free?

Cheryl, check out the Recipe Box for these starters:

Amish Friendship Bread Starter (Gluten-Free)

Amish Friendship Bread Starter (Gluten-Free and Casein-Free)

Why do you call this Amish? I’m pretty sure that Amish don’t use instant pudding.

can I use honey instead of sugar? if so, how much?

also, I cant use the instant pudding, can I leave it out or replace it with anything else?

I am confused. One recipe I have says at day 10 to add 1c. and the other one says to add 1 1/2c.. Which one do I use? Also on day 10 when you freeze it, and get it back out of the freezer, do you add to it, or count that as day one to start over?

I know, there are so many different versions floating around out there! We do 1 1/2 cups here in the Kitchen. As for your second question, if you have any remaining starter that you want to keep after you add the ingredients and then divide into equal portions of 1 cup each, Day 10 technically becomes Day 1, but if you freeze it immediately you have the option of taking it out and baking after it thaws or starting the whole 10 day process again (if you want to have some starter to share with others). Going through the process again also lets your starter develop a richer flavor — the older the starter, the better. Hope this helps!

Has anyone tried using flavored gelatin in addition to/instead of the pudding in the recipe? I dearly love lime flavor, and can’t find lime pudding mix, if it even exists in the first place…

We have a few AFB recipes that use gelatin, but it’s a completely different texture and changes the recipe somewhat (it also makes the recipe super sweet, so you’ll need to adjust the amount of sugar in your recipe). Some stores (like health food stores or even Amazon) carry a lime extract that will give you that lime flavor boost for your recipes without altering the texture of your bread (see our Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes in the Recipe Box)

I added chopped apples to mine. Yum!!

I am making Amish Friendship Bread for the first time. I live in New Zealand and we have packets of instant pudding here not boxes. Can anyone please tell me how many grams or ounces if easier are in your boxes of pudding so I add the correct amount when I go to bake.

Thank you

Niska, here’s a conversion chart: http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/conversion-tables. The U.S. boxes of pudding are 3.4 ounces (96 grams) for a small box and 5.0 ounces (141 grams) for a large. Pudding adds moisture and a flavor boost, but it’s not entirely necessary and some people leave it out altogether. In other words, you have some wiggle room! Hope this helps.

ive been using friendship bread starter for a while now but i was curious …when baking the 2 loaves on day 10 is there anyway to make 2 different types using 2 different flavors of pudding ect. if so how would i go about mixing and or converting the recipe?

Hi Michelle! Since the recipe usually calls for 1-2 small boxes, you can use 1 small box of pudding for one loaf and another small box (different flavor) for another. You will have the halve any recipe you make with respect to all the other ingredients if you are looking at two different recipes. Hope this helps!

I make the small loaves wrap them in colorful saran wrap and give them to my kids and grandchildren for Christmas plus other goodies in a basket. I use about four starters. They all LOVE it. Saves money and comes from Mom or Grandma!Iv,e done it for years. Just thought I would share this with you!

For this step: “Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. ” Are you using additional sugar and cinnamon to what is listed in the ingredients or do you use part of what is listed here and the other part in the bread mixture?

I made the starter and then made the bread. It’s friggin’ awesome! Hope you like it sweet

I need some advice on the sugar (1cup) in the white choc chip amish friendship bread. does it go in the dough or in the pans dusting top and bottom

When I received the instruction with my 1st cup of starter it never said how much would be left to bake with, just that I should give 3, 1 cup portions away, keep 1cup to add to for myself and bake the cake with the remaining…which turned out to be 2 cups. I always get 6 cups total.

I’ve read your recipe where it says to use 1 cup to make the cake. Other than that difference the recipe is identical. I’ve always used the 2 remaining cups as I didn’t know differently and it turns out perfectly every time. I’m so confused!

I’m glad it turns out & is delicious, but would love to understand why it is turning out with using 2 cups instead of 1. I’d also like to use just the 1 cup as I could make twice as many loaves (4) at one time, but because it turns out with 2 cups of dough, I worry that if I start using 1 cup it won’t.

Any thoughts?

Hi Maureen,

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so versatile, but sometimes using too much starter will result in a wet bread, so you want to be careful. The original recipe (“original” meaning decades ago) assumed that after 10 days, you’d have essentially four bags of starter (1 cup each). You bake with one and give three away. But the wild and commercial yeast in every starter is different, and every kitchen (warm, cool) is different, so this can vary. If you have a super active happy starter, you might get as many as six cups at the end of ten days … I certainly have! So we’ve modified our version to say that you bake with one and give the rest away. I wouldn’t recommend baking with more than one cup of starter just because it could mess up your recipe. Just freeze (see our tutorial on freezing starter) or give your extra starter away.

That was the long version to your answer. The short is that every starter is different and active (and newer) starters yield a lot more. Hope this helps!

My point was that I’ve been baking it with 2 cups of starter for 3 years now, not knowing it was only supposed to be 1 cup. It turns out perfectly EVERY time. Not too wet, not too dry.

I have also been freezing the starter for as long so that I don’t have to continually feed it/take up space in the fridge with it.

I guess the one drawback when things get passed around for so long as the recipe gets changed…as mine does say to give 4 away or keep 1 to grow and bake with the remaining (which has been 2)

I’ll try it with 1 cup & hopefully be just as happy with the results.

I’d love to hear if you think the recipe changes from what you’re used to with the two cups to one — we’ve always done one, maybe we should try two!

This original recipe is still our favorite, and we’ve made hundreds of Amish Friendship Bread loaves over the years.