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Amish Friendship Bread – Oh Sweet Basil

One of the most delicious quick bread recipes you will ever make, and even better, it is made to pass on to your friends! Amish friendship bread is a little cinnamon sugary, very moist and airy and it really is my favorite thing ever.

YOU THERE!! This is a great thing !!! Amish Friendship Bread is pretty much my childhood wrapped in bread form. I’m so excited I can barely stand it !!

One year when I was in elementary school, my mother’s friend handed me an ugly, sticky-looking ziploc bag with a scratchy paper full of instructions. My mom was quick to give me the responsibility of following the steps each day, which consisted of slipping the bag around in my little hands and occasionally adding ingredients here and there. All week I followed the instructions day by day until it was finally time to turn the bag of goo into a loaf of bread.

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The best part was obviously in eating the bread, but pretty close it was that we had to separate some appetizers out for all our friends and invite them to make their own bread! The only chain I’ve ever joined (why did we ever think we would die if we did not forward an email within 20 minutes ?!) is this bread chain and I think it made me who share food as I am. .

Until we lost the recipe.

And then life ended and I became Eeyore. I had to google how to spell it. 😉 For years I wanted to ask everyone if they had ever enjoyed friendship bread or had a recipe, but no one did. A while ago, I came home from a meeting and discovered that my beloved friend, Brooklyn, had delivered the infamous bread, and I immediately demanded, ahem, for the recipe.

Brooklyn is the sweetest, sweetest friend ever, and my goodness, I could not be more grateful for how happy she always is. But today I am most grateful that she sent me the recipe and I am so sorry but I have already forgotten what website it was found on but thank god !!!

This is the best bread you will ever make. Mark my words.

What is the Amish Friendship Bread?

It’s a type fast bread made by one sourdough starter which you share with neighbors and friends similar to the chain letters we used to do back then. One feeds the appetizer for 10 days and then makes a beautiful bread with cinnamon sugar bread and then shares the appetizer and the bread with the friends, who then do the same and share it with the friends and so on and so forth. You understand the picture!

Your neighbors will either love you or run when they see you come with yet another bag of starter! We will guide you through all the steps to feed the appetizer, to bake the bread, to share it with friends.

What ingredients do I need to make Amish friendship bread?

Okay, this list of ingredients will be divided into two parts … the ingredients you will need to make and feed the appetizer, and the ingredients you will need 10 days later to make the bread. Here’s what you need:

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

  • Hot water – 110 ° -115 ° F is the perfect temperature for activating the yeast
  • Yeast – I prefer instant yeast.
  • Flour – just plain for all purposes
  • Sugar
  • Milk – preferably 2% but you can use what you have

You will follow the instructions below to feed this starter over a 10 day period before making the loaves.

Amish Friendship Bread

  • Amish starter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Cinnamon sugar

The measurements for each ingredient for the starter and bread can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a picture of a stack of three Amish Friendship bread slices sitting on a cooling rack.

How to make Amish friendship bread

Ok, in front of a loaf that takes 10 days to make will probably make most people run, but stick to me here! The best things take time and care, and this is the perfect project to teach a child to take care of something for 10 days. Most days only require some mooshing and squishing starter. All steps and information can be found in our free Amish Friendship Bread Printable.

For the bread starter

Let’s start with the steps for the starter …

  1. Measure the hot water into a glass measuring cup and sprinkle the yeast on top and a pinch of sugar. Let the yeast activate.
  2. Mix flour and sugar in a large glass bowl. Stir in the milk and then the yeast mixture.
  3. Once the mixture is bubbling, pour it into a gallon size zipper and seal it.
  4. Leave it on the counter at room temperature and follow the 10 day schedule below (I like to write the schedule on the bag):
    • Day 1: Making the starter counts as day 1.
    • Day 2: Moss bag.
    • Day 3: Moss bag.
    • Day 4: Moss bag.
    • Day 5: Moss bag.
    • Day 6: Add 1 cup of each flour, sugar and milk. Mash the bag until it is well mixed.
    • Day 7: Mos posen.
    • Day 8: Moss bag.
    • Day 9: Mos posen.
    • Day 10: Pour the starter into a glass bowl. Add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup 2% milk. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
  5. From here you split the starter. Some of the appetizer is used to make bread and the rest is shared up with friends.
    • Use 1 cup of the starter to make the bread.
    • With the rest of the start, measure out 1 cup portions and put them in ziplock bags. The rest of the starter should be enough for 2-3 bags of starter to share. These will go back to day 1 of the schedule. Print Amish Friendship Bread Printable to give to your friends with the starter.

For the Bread

If you choose to keep some of the appetizer to yourself (which I can highly recommend! So yum!), Add a few ingredients and an hour of baking. Here are the basic steps for the bread:

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and fold it so you do not get tough.
  3. Spray your bread molds with cooking spray and sprinkle the pans with the cinnamon / sugar mixture.
  4. Pour half of the dough into each pan and sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Bake.
  6. Allow the bread to cool and then serve.

All of these instructions for both the appetizer and the bread can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post and in the Amish Friendship Bread Printable.

a picture of a stack of slices of amish friendship bread with someone's hand grabbing the top slice from the stack.

Can you freeze Amish friendship bread?

You can freeze both the starter and the baked bread. If you freeze the starter, keep it in the freezer for years. Put it in the freezer and write the date on the bag. When you are ready to use it, pull it out of the freezer and place it on the table so that it reaches room temperature. This counts as day 1.

If you want to freeze the baked bread, let it cool completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. It stays in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you fancy a moist cinnamon sugary fast bread that is full of love, then Amish friendship bread is what you need! It’s about community and connection, which I think we could all use a little more of these days. Take a bag of appetizers to a friend with a delicious loaf of bread and printed instructions. It will start a wave of giving in your neighborhood!

More delicious quick bread recipes:

a photo of a bread baked amish friendship bread topped with cinnamon and sugar and half of the bread cut into thick slices.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Preparing the starter: 10 days

Total time: 10 days 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 2 pieces

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

  • 1/4 Cup Hot water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 Cup Flour for all purposes
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup 2% milk

Amish friendship bread

  • 1 Cup Amish starter
  • 1 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoonful Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Copper Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoonful Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoonful Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonful Baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 Instant vanilla pudding 3.4 ounce boxes
  • 1/2 Cup Cinnamon sugar

To the starter

  • Pour the hot water into a small glass measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the water along with a pinch of sugar. Let this stand for 5-8 minutes to allow it to dissolve.

  • In a larger glass bowl (or plastic bowl), mix flour and sugar together. Stir in the milk and then the yeast mixture.

  • Once the mixture is bubbling, pour it into a gallon-sized ziploc plastic bag and seal. Set aside on the counter. Do not refrigerate. Let the sourdough mixture stand at room temperature.

  • Write the schedule in the marker on the bag.This counts as day 1.
  • Day 2: Moss bag.

  • Day 3: Moss bag.

  • Day 4: Moss bag.

  • Day 5: Moss bag.

  • Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, sugar and milk. Mash the bag until it is well mixed.

  • Day 7: Mos posen.

  • Day 8: Moss bag.

  • Day 9: Moss bag.

  • Day 10: Pour the sourdough into a glass bowl (or other non-metal). Add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup 2% milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

  • Distribute 1 cup portions of the starter, and place each one-cup portion in separate ziploc plastic bags.

  • You get about 3-4 bags. Seal the bags and give the starter away to friends along with the instructions, keep one for yourself if desired. The starter then returns to day 1.

For the Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, fold so that the bread does not become tough.

  • Spray 2 loaves of bread with cooking spray. Sprinkle the greased pans with half of this cinnamon / sugar mixture.

  • Pour the dough evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the dough.

  • Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

  • Cool and serve!

Nutrition facts

Amish friendship bread

Quantity per portion (1 loaf)

Calories 2954
Calories from Fat 1098

% Daily value *

Fat 122 g188%

Saturated fat 94g588%

Trans fat 1g

Cholesterol 260mg87%

Sodium 1065mg46%

Potassium 1024mg29%

Carbohydrates 438 g146%

Fiber 11g46%

Sugar 262 g291%

Protein 42 g84%

Vitamin A 543IU11%

Vitamin C 1 mg1%

Calcium 458mg46%

Iron 11 mg61%

* Percent daily values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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