Amish Friendship Bread

by jerseygirl on November 23, 2008 · 45 comments

You may think this is strange but yesterday I finished off a container of baking powder for the first time ever. Imagine that! I have never been much of a baker so the baking powder would usually expire and be thrown out before I finished the whole can. What did I bake to reach this milestone? A sweet cinnamon loaf called Amish Friendship Bread.

My neighbor gave me a plastic bag that contained one cup of starter about 10 days ago. The idea is to let the starter ferment while you keep adding to the batter. You then pass the starter on to four people and spread the cake love. I baked my bread yesterday and made it into small loaves so I could pass out a loaf along with the starter bag. My family loved this coffee type cake and begged me not to give it away. I promised them I would make some more. This is what the plate of bread looked like after I put it on the table.

Below is the instructions I received. It seems like a lot of work but it really isn’t. My kids also enjoyed smushing the bag everyday. If you would like to try this bread and spread some baking love to your friends or family, click HERE for Allrecipes version of the starter.

Amish Friendship Bread

Please note the following:
Do not use any type of metal bowl or spoon.
Do not refrigerate.
lf air gets in the bag, let it out.
It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment.

Day 1: Do nothing
(This is the day you receive the batter; the bag is dated)
Day 2: Mash the bag
Day 3: Mash the bag
Day 4: Mash the bag
Day 5: Mash the bag
Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk; mash the bag
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag

Day 10: Pour entire contents of the bag into non-metal bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/12 cups milk. Mix with a wooden spoon. Measure out 4 separate 1-cup portions of batter into 4 Ziploc (gallon) bags. Keep a starter for yourself and give 3 to friends, with a copy of this recipe. (lf you keep a starter you will be baking every 10 days.) Be certain to tell the friend
which day is day one. It is helpful to label the bag with the first day’s date.

Baking directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To the remaining batter in the bowl add:
3 eggs
1 cup oil (or ½ cup oil and half cup applesauce)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 large box vanilla instant pudding

Grease 2 large loaf pans and mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust the pans with half this mixture. Pour the batter evenly into 2 pans and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Bake for 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes then turn onto a serving plate.

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kat November 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Oh I remember this bread, it was super yummy

Barbara November 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I remember receiving a starter on this bread years ago. It was great.

Debbie November 23, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Wow…I remember this from years back….I have also started going through baking powder, soda, flour, sugar, etc….I love to bake way more than cook but in the past the baking powder, soda and flour would usually go bad long before I would ever have been able to use it all up!!!! But I’ve gotten addicted to food blogging and now love to bake!!!!

Amanda November 23, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Oh Lisa, if you still have some starter, pick a recipe from Annie’s to use it with and enter the blog event. Then you’ll be entered to win the Holiday Baker’s Bundle worth over $100! 🙂 Annie’s has quite a few Amish recipes 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog today, those cookies are awesome! 😉

Leslie November 23, 2008 at 8:48 pm

VERY interesting..I have never heard of Amish bread. Very neat concept.

Sharon November 23, 2008 at 8:50 pm

I’ve always wanted to try baking this bread. Yours looks delicious!

Katrina November 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm

This is such yummy bread. Cool to have the starter and recipe again, thanks! I don’t think the one I received long ago had pudding mix in it. Hmmm.

priscilla November 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm

yummy! my Mom once did something like this…we loved it!

Meg November 23, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I love Amish Friendship bread! There is award for you at my blog!

The Blonde Duck November 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

I wonder why it’s called friendship bread. It looks really good!

Michele November 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I haven’t made anything with a starter since the late 80’s. I remember it being wildly popular to make friendship bread back then.
Congrats on finishing an entire container of baking powder! I’ve started buying my flour in bulk. I used to only go through 2 small bags of flour a year…now I have to buy it in bulk. 🙂
I think the holidays are a perfect time for me to revisit friendship bread. Thanks Lisa! 🙂

Annie November 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Starters have always scared me. But I’ll take your word for it that it was easy! It certainly looks like everyone loved it with the look of that empty plate 😉

Bunny November 23, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Your bread looks so good, I’ve never had this bread but with the way it looks it’s no wonder it was gone in a flash!

That Girl November 24, 2008 at 12:06 am

I grew up in Amish country and used to LOVE this bread.

Kitt November 24, 2008 at 2:58 am

Fun! I would probably make it through a couple of batches before forgetting to moosh and killing the starter.

I wonder if there are batches of starter floating around that originated years and years ago.

Robin Sue November 24, 2008 at 7:42 am

I used to love doing this cake many years ago. Then one day I got sick of it and murdered the poor little baggie of goo by not feeding it. So sad. But this is a great cake. I may have to do it again some day!

Anj November 24, 2008 at 7:50 am

We had this at work a few months ago (the gift that keeps on giving!) We had Amish bread every week for a loooong time. We all changed it up and used different flavors of pudding and it was fun to see what we could come up with. The cinnamon is my favorite though. You have a lovely blog.

Maria November 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

This bread is well worth the wait. I love it!!

RecipeGirl November 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I did this bread a llooooooong time ago… like back in college or something. Would be fun to try it again!

Adam November 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of mashing. I kept laughing with reading each day. I’m sure it was worth it though, I mean look at that plate! 🙂

Zesty Cook November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

What a great post! excellent bread. thanks for sharing


ttfn300 November 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm

haha, this was a hit at work 🙂

Allie November 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm

What a great thing to start! Looks yummy I see why your family ate it up so fast.

nicole November 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm

I’ve done this before and I love the idea. It’s fun for kids too.

Katherine Aucoin November 24, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I received some starter years ago when it was so popular, the bread is very good, but I hope it doesn’t get popular again.

Discursivelyhappy November 25, 2008 at 12:08 am

I love this stuff! I made so much of it last year, gave it all away but one start, over and over again, finally had to just give it ALL away as we really didn’t need anymore!

Visiting from Steals and Deals! I love cooking, I will be back! 🙂

Abby November 25, 2008 at 12:11 am

I really like your blog its so bright and cheery!

Thanks for stopping by Steals and deals! Come on back by any time!!

Emily November 25, 2008 at 3:03 am

This sounds like fun. And also very delicious!

Clumbsy Cookie November 25, 2008 at 7:21 am

I have heared of this, it’s really a fun thing to do!

Mary November 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

This is such a good bread. You’ve taken me down memory lane and I’m going to have to try this again.

Kirsten November 25, 2008 at 10:24 am

That is such a fantastic idea…I think I might have to start something like that with my friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!

jesse November 25, 2008 at 10:43 am

You know, now that you mention it, I don’t think I’ve ever finished an entire can of baking powder before either…

The bread looks so yummy, thanks for the recipe!

Theresa November 25, 2008 at 11:10 am

I remember doing something along these lines. Can’t remember if it was the same recipe or not. But I do remember it was good 🙂

Stacey Snacks November 25, 2008 at 11:14 am

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Pam November 25, 2008 at 12:36 pm

What a great idea. The bread looks amazing but I love that you pass the starter on to other people. Great post Lisa.

biz319 November 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I totally forgot about this bread!

The best story is my friend was at her mom’s house, saw the dough on the kitchen counter and thought it was pancake batter and proceeded to make pancakes out of it – and it was the 10th day! Her mom was so mad! (and they did not make good pancakes!)

HangryPants November 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

I received this once, but I dropped the bag and it spilled all over the floor. So sad.

Where in N.J.? My boyfriend lives there.

Rosie November 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Amish bread is a new one for me Lisa. It really looks delicious!

Rosie x

Jan November 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

That is so cool, Lisa. And great that you get to pass on the lurve.

Nina Timm November 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Oh i am so happy that I found this recipe again! I used to make this many years ago and it was delicious! November 26, 2008 at 7:27 am

Lisa, You’ve been tagged at Jerseybites. Come see.

Deb November 26, 2008 at 11:14 pm

This is awesome bread! Made some last year for Christmas. Super easy but I found it was hard to get anyone to take the starter right before the holidays.

Jeff December 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

I see the word amish and am instantly happy. They have the best food and one of the few places I will buy my meat from.

shweetpotato December 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I just made a amish cinnamon bread yesterday 😀 Yep, they dont last long do they hehe, My family never wants me to give it away either, Carm

Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I don’t have any one to give it to! What should I do if I want to make the whole bag of starting into bread?? Does it modify the recipe since there is extra starter?

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