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Amish Friendship Bread Recipe Plus Starter Recipe

This delicious, slightly sweet Amish friendship bread with just the right amount of cinnamon flavor comes just in time for the holidays. When you gift friendship bread you are also gifting a starter which makes this even more meaningful.

Friendship bread starter is simple to care for with minimal feedings and can stay in a bowl on your counter. Don't let the word starter intimidate you this quick bread starter is simple and doesn't have to be fed every day. The process is simple and doesn't require the maintenance that a sourdough starter requires.

What does Amish friendship bread taste like? Amish friendship bread is the most delicious quick bread you'll ever have. It's rich in flavor, moist, and has just the right amount of sweetness with a hint of cinnamon and spice. Amish friendship bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Amish Friendship Bread + Friendship Starter Recipe

If you enjoy making sourdough starters you are going to love friendship bread starters.

A friendship bread starter is a simpler process than a sourdough starter with fewer feedings.

Amish friendship bread is simply delicious with a sweet cinnamon taste. It is the perfect bread for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. The starter is meant to be shared with family or friends, so they to can maintain a starter and enjoy this delicious bread and pass some starter to their friends. The whole process is similar to a chain letter and was extremely popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

A friendship bread starter is a sweet sourdough starter with a fermentation process. As long as you continue to feed your starter and leave it at room temperature you will have your starter indefinitely. This is a simple starter. If you tried a sourdough starter and didn't have luck with it or it was too much maintenance then this is the starter for you! Making friendship bread is easy, there is no rising process or kneading it’s quick bread! Grow your starter on your counter for 10 days, stirring and feeding, then at the end of ten days, you make a delicious, sweet, moist bread and share one cup of starter with two friends, keeping a cup for yourself. This quick bread and starter are perfect for holiday gift-giving and baking.

Getting Started... Day 1 Making Your Started

1 package of active dry yeast

¼ cup of warm water

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 cup of milk

Stir yeast into ¼ cup of warm water cover it with a kitchen towel and let it sit in a warm spot for 10 mins. Your yeast should be bubbly and foaming. If it doesn’t start to bubble after 10 min place it on your stovetop with the oven on, the warmth will activate the yeast.

Stir sugar and flour in a bowl, add milk and mix until smooth.

Stir the active yeast mixture into the flour mixture, cover loosely with a tea towel or kitchen towel and leave it on the counter.

Day 2-4 stir your mixture once a day.

Day 5 Feed your starter Stir in a cup of flour, one cup of sugar, and one cup of milk removing as many lumps as you can, some lumps are ok. Cover and leave on the counter.

Day 6-9 stir once a day.

Day 10 Baking Day Feed your mixture a cup of flour, a cup of sugar, and a cup of milk stir, and cover until ready to bake. Reserve 1 cup of starter to continue growing on your counter and put 1 cup of starter in a ziplock bag for a friend.

Notes: This recipe makes 2 4x8 loaves of bread

Add ½ cup of nuts optional

Sprinkle the top of the bread with cinnamon sugar before baking: 1tsp sugar ½ tsp cinnamon

How To Bake

2 cups flour

1 ¼ tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

½ tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Starter

⅔ cup Oil

3 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

Cinnamon sugar or nuts for topping

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees grease two loaf pans (this recipe makes two loaves)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.

Next, In another bowl add one cup of starter, sugar, and oil and stir with a wooden spoon, or spatula add vanilla and eggs stirring in one egg at a time and combine your wet and dry ingredients mixing well. Divide the batter between loaf pans and sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. You can sprinkle nuts on top if you prefer. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean let cool and enjoy!


Do Not use metal bowls or spoons.

Do Not refrigerate the starter.

Continue feeding your starter as you did in the beginning, it will last forever as long as it's fed.

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Thank You For Stopping By Lia Rose Simply Home

2 comentários

15 de dez. de 2021

Wow what a great idea! Totally going to give this a try!

15 de dez. de 2021
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You won’t be disappointed! It’s so fun to share!


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Hello, my name is Wendy I live in upstate NY with my husband and four children. Now that my children are getting older I have some extra time to share my experiences, recipes, traditions and life tips.

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