Feeding the Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread. Jeff Nelson/Flickr
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Starter and Bread (10 servings)

Friendship Bread, a.k.a. Amish Friendship Bread is what is made with a gallon-sized resealable plastic of Amish Friendship Bread starter and these directions. If you are the recipient of a bag of starter, these directions should come with the bag. If you are the person who gives out starter, make sure and print off these instructions to go with it.

Notes in the Margin:
To better keep up with the process of making this bread, add the actual dates to this recipe. Day One is the date you first received (or made) the bag of starter. Day 10 is the day you can make some bread

Do not use any metal spoons or bowls with this recipe. It will interfere with the process of fermentation.

To keep the bag of Amish Friendship Bread Starter  from exploding, check it more than once a day. Be sure to release any excess air build-up.

When told to knead the bag, do so carefully. Hold the resealable area in one hand, and use the other hand to knead the starter.

What You'll Need

  • Day 6 (Feeding the Bag):
  • 2 cups flour (divided)
  • 2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups milk (divided)
  • Day 10 (Making the Bread):
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 box/5 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag Amish Friendship Starter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, lightly toasted)

How to Make It

Feeding the Amish Friendship Bread Starter

(Fill in the blanks with actual days of the month.)

Day One - ______________ - Do nothing to the bag of Starter.

Day Two - ______________ - Knead the bag.

Day Three - ____________ - Knead the bag.

Day Four - _____________ - Knead the bag.

Day Five - _____________ - Knead the bag.

Day Six - ______________ - Feed the Starter
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk to the bag.

Knead bag until well mixed.

Day Seven - ____________ - Knead the bag

Day Eight - ____________ - Knead the bag

Day Nine - _____________ - Knead the bag

Day Ten - ______________ - Make the Bread
Pour the contents of resealable bag into non-metal bowl. Add remaining flour, sugar and milk. Stir with wooden or plastic spoon. Add 1 cup of the starter in each of the 3 resealable 1-gallon bags. Give these to your friends. Use the remaining starter to make your bread.

Instructions for Baking the Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, with a wire whisk (metal is okay when making a loaf of bread), stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla pudding mix.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the vegetable oil, milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. To the dry ingredients, add the leftover starter and wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the nuts.
  5. Carefully, pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  6. Carefully dump the bread out onto a wire rack for complete cooling.