Feeding the Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread. Jeff Nelson/Flickr
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Ten Days: 24 hrs
  • Yield: Starter and Bread (10 servings)

Friendship Bread, aka Amish Friendship Bread, is what is made with a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag 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 the starter, make sure to print off these instructions to go with it.

"To better keep up with the process of making this bread, add the actual dates to this recipe. Day1 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."


  • Day 6 (Feeding the Bag):
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups milk (divided)
  • Day 10 (Making the Bread):
  • 2 cups all-purpose 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 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag Amish Friendship Starter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, lightly toasted)

Steps to Make It

Feeding the Amish Friendship Bread Starter

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

Day 1 - ______________ - Do nothing to the bag of Starter.
Day 2 - ______________ - Knead the bag.
Day 3 - ______________ - Knead the bag.
Day 4 - ______________ - Knead the bag.
Day 5 - ______________ - Knead the bag.
Day 6 - ______________ - Feed the Starter
Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk to the bag. Knead bag until well mixed.
Day 7 - ______________ - Knead the bag
Day 8 - ______________ - Knead the bag
Day 9 - ______________ - Knead the bag
Day 10 - _____________ - 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. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 325 F. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans.

  3. 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.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine the vegetable oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.

  5. To the dry ingredients, add the leftover starter and wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the nuts.

  6. Carefully, pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

  7. Carefully dump the bread out onto a wire rack for complete cooling.

  8. Enjoy!

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