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Starter For Friendship Bread

Starter Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk


Mix in a large, sealable zip lock baggie with wooden spoon. Do not use metal spoon or bowl. Remove all air. Do not refrigerate. It is normal for batter to thicken, bubble and ferment. It will expand each day.

  • Day One: Squeeze bag
  • Day Two: Squeeze bag
  • Day Three: Squeeze bag
  • Day Four: Squeeze bag
  • Day Five: Squeeze bag
  • Day Six: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup sugar. Mix in bag.
  • Day Seven: Squeeze bag.
  • Day Eight: Squeeze bag.
  • Day Nine: Squeeze bag.
  • Day Ten: Combine in large bowl the batter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mix with wooden spoon. Pour into 4 sealable bags, dividing into 4 (one cup) starters. Keep 1 and give 3 to friends along with copy of Friendship Bread recipe.

Friendship Bread


  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, (opt.)
  • 1 /2 cups dates or raisins (opt.)



Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans. Coat insides with mixture of the cinnamon and sugar, reserving some for sprinkling on top of loaves. Add remaining ingredients to starter. Divide batter into bread pans and sprinkle tops with reserved cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake for 1 hour.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Starter For Friendship Bread

Unless someone gave you the starter, you must make your own containing yeast. Following is the starter, then you just add milk, sugar and flour after it is started.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

(Always use a wooden spoon. Or use the bag method.)

  • 1 (.25) pkg. Active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour (divided)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar (divided)
  • 3 cups warm (110 degrees F) milk (divided)

Day 1: In small bowl combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly.


Days 2 through 4: Stir with wooden spoon. Or use the bag method.

Day 5: Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.

Days 6 through 9: Stir with wooden spoon. Or use the bag method.

Day 10: Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 or 2 cups to make your first bread; give 3 cups to friends, along with this recipe. Store remaining starter in a container in refrigerator and begin 10 day process again.

You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

Yields 6 cups starter.

Amish Friendship Bread

  • 1 cup Friendship Bread Starter
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Mix well.

Grease and sugar 2 loaf pans; pour in batter; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.


Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees F.


By jewatson58

Starter For Friendship Bread

In the past, I used the recipes that are posted. Now I use this recipe. This Friendship Bread tastes like the one made with the starter, without all the waiting.

Friendship Bread

  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnnamon
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3.5 oz. box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 - 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup milk

Sugar/Cinnamon Mix

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease two loaf pans.

Mix oil and sugar, add eggs and vanilla; beat. In separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients, including walnuts. Add dry mix alternately with milk until well blended.


Mix 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon together in small bowl. In two greased loaf pans, sprinkle mix on the sides and bottoms of the pans. Save some to sprinkle on top of loaves.

Pour batter into prepared pans, sprinkle top of loaves with the sugar/cinnamon mix. Optional, sprinkle chopped walnuts on top. Bake for one hour or until tested done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. May be served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Freezes well. Tightly wrap cooled loaves in plastic wrap, then in foil before freezing.


By Mike

Starter For Friendship Bread

Many thanks to Robin for the recipe. My niece had a tonsillectomy and it gave her and her sisters something to look forward to doing each day for 10 days! One question do you proceed to reuse this starter for another batch? Do you just squeeze for 5 days again, then add ingredients, or do you add to it right away? Thanks for your help. (04/01/2008)


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