Amish Friendship Bread...Have you made it, tried it, do you have variations?

@mari61960 (4895)
United States
January 8, 2007 4:40pm CST
I love Amish Friendship Bread. When I lived in Washington, US it was very popular and you could get starter from alot of people. Here in Massachusetts I have not met anyone that has made it, had it, or even heard of it. So I got my old recipe out and have decided to start it up with my friends. I included the recipe for the starter because.. without having the starter.. you just can't make it..lol If you haven't tried it you are missing out.. There are tons of variations also. Amish Friendship Bread 1. 1 cup starter (see below for starter recipe) in a glass jar or ziploc bag at room temp (do not refrigerate throughout entire recipe--it's supposed to ferment so don't put your nose too close either! 2. Day 1 - Do nothing 3. Day 2 - Do nothing 4. Day 3 - Put starter in glass or stoneware bowl (or large ziploc bag) do not use metal bowls or spoons. 5. Day 4 - Do nothing 6. Day 5 - Do nothing 7. Day 6 - To starter, add: 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, stir with wooden spoon (if in ziploc bag, smoosh and squish until mixed) 8. Day 7 - Do nothing 9. Day 8 - Stir with wooden spoon (or smoosh and squish) 10. Day 9 - Do nothing 11. Day 10 - Add: 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour-stir well. 12. Take 3 portions (1 cup each) and put into ziploc baggies or glass jars and give to friends with recipe. 1. To remaining starter, add 1 cup oil, 1/2 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla. 2. Stir well. 1. In separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 cup chopped nuts (optional), and 1 large or 2 dmall pkgs of vanilla 2. Pudding mix (instant kind). 1. Add flour mixture to wet mixture, stirring well with wooden spoon. 2. Pour into 2 large loaf pans, greased, floured and sprinkled with cinnamon & Sugar. 3. Sprinkle cinnamon & Sugar on top also. 1. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. STARTER RECIPE: * 1 cup sugar * 1 cup flour * 1 cup milk Directions 1. Put in glass bowl or jar or large ziploc bag-stir or smoosh until well blended. 2. Let stand at room temp for 5 days, stir or smoosh each day. 3. On day 6 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk, stir or smoosh until blended. 4. Let stand at room temp for 4 more days, stirring or smooshing each day. 5. On Day 10 you should have enough for 3, 1 cup starters to give away plus 1 to use for your recipe.
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21 responses
• United States
9 Jan 07
Thank you for the recipe for this wonderful bread Mari. I once had a cup of starter, but it got tossed out. My husband thought it was something that had gone bad and tossed it out!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
10 Jan 07
That's funny, my mom did the same thing.lol
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• United States
9 Jan 07
We used to share this bread at my old office and I loved it but since changing jobs I haven't had it (about 6 years). Until you brought it up here I had forgotten about it but I am going to start some this week! Thank you so much for sharing!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Jan 07
You're welcome, enjoy.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have never heard of this dish before. But I truly love the name of it. Friendship bread! How wonderful to have a type of food named after such a wonderful thing. I may have to try it some day. I don't think that it must be very popular here in Missouri, either. I sure have never heard of it around these parts! ^_^
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Maybe you could get some going with a couple of friends..
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I love this bread too! My favorite is to add chocolate chips to it and use chocolate pudding. I usually make two batches at a time and only have 2 starters left over. I often will freeze one of them so that I have a new starter whenever I've decided I'm tired of it. Sometimes when I make a big batch of it, I'll take it into work and the guys here just gobble it down! They love it. It's really delicious! Now you've got me hungry for it again!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I didn't know you could freeze the starter. Thanks for the info. Do you just thaw it to use?
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@kittykatzz (1133)
• United States
9 Jan 07
oh my god youre unbeleivable.. this is too funny gotta share.. years ago when my sister and i were little (around9 and 10) (were less than a year apart) at some point for a school thing she had to make some kind of wierd recipe... ill never forget it sitting on the counter for more than a WEEK!! sooo crazy .. and sooo impatient to try it as little kids!.. you know how kids are!! they cant even wait a whole 20 minutes for cookies to cool!! nevermind a whole week~! anyways.. she didnt do it right, it came out yucky and it was such a pain in the u know what .. that my mother never wanted to attempt doing it correctly .. it was just like it was a school thing and now its done .. so at like 10 years old i said one day when i grow up im gonna try to make that right.. i im now 26.. and i remember within the last 5 years or so jsut thinking back and asking probably at least a 1/2 a dozen people WHAT IT WAS CALLED!! so i could look for a recipe.. and NO ONE has a CLUE what it was!... i asked my sister.. she couldnt remeber.. my grandmother~! hah~ i says "you know, its like the bread that sits for a week?" and she's like .. "well i dont know of any that sits for a week and dont go bad"!! lol...well thank you VERY MUCH for putting this up because i can no wfinally try to make it!!! hopefully ill do ok and i'll be able to see whats its SUPPOSED to taste like! ahaa~
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Thats so funny. I'm glad you found this discussion. Good luck, I'm sure you will love it.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
thanx mari!... im gonna do it within the next couple weeks.. (it is quite a project! lol) ill post back though just to let you know how it comes out!
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
I was able to do something similar to this one and it was called HEMIN Bread. I also saw in one discussion, the person calls it 'friendship bread' now it's sourdough. ahaha.. that's funny. And yeah, you're right, it really smells awful. *LOL* I did mine right. And it tasted great!
@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
16 Feb 07
We have bought this bread from Amish an community in Ontario, Canada and love it. Thank you Mari, we will defenitly try this one! We do make yogurt from starter - but this bread! Wow, 15 days cycle time to get the first loaf - I will have the kids really going bonkers about it. Cheers and thank you for the recipe.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Oh it's so worth it though, I just love it.
• United States
15 Jan 07
my grand-daddy used to always start two batches and hand off all the starters to family members! i'd almost forgotten about it! he hasn't done it the past few years because he's become ill and doesn't have the same energy, i think i might just make up some starters and hand them out to my family and friends! thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it brought back some great memories :0)
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
15 Jan 07
What a great idea. I bet your grandfather will be thrilled.
@goldjay (465)
• United States
9 Jan 07
So, after you make the starter, you go up to step 1 at the top of your recipe and start from there? Souns like it must take a long time to get this bread made. It sounds pretty yummy though so I just might try it. I wonder what my friends will think if we give them the starter mix? I think my daughter can find a few friends who may like it though and would follow through. What do you do with the starter if you are not ready to make another batch right away? Can you refrigerate it then and if so, how long? Email me an answer if you can at goldjay@comcast.net as I don't always get a chance to get back to discussions here (limited time, you know). But, in the meantime, I am printing off hte recipe so I won't lose it! Thanks!
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Ok, The bottom part is added for those that just needed the starter recipie. So.. You make the starter and go to the top and follow the directions from day one. It's the same directions as the bottom the bottom part just says day 1 to day 6. That's what confused you..lol
@GardenGerty (101839)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have starter, but the recipe I have also calls for one cup of oil in the bread. At Thanksgiving time I experimented and used chocolate pudding mix, peppermint extract and baked in one 8x8 plus one 9x13 pan and called it brownies. In another batch I used 1 Cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup oil, and increased the flour by 1/2 C. I again poured it into shallow pans and topped with pecans. This is my husband's favorite so far.
• United States
9 Jan 07
Did you replace something with the variations? I am so not creative at replacing and changing recipes but that sounds really good :)
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I keep a sourdough starter going at all times. I just love it. There are so many wonderful recipes that can be made with it, from Chocolate cake, carrot cake to breads. Yummy! Why people tend to just make the one type of bread is beyound me.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
10 Jan 07
OMG I've not heard of this in yrs! at least 10 come to think of it and that would have been probably the last time I made some too...I should make some!! thanks for posting it cause chances of me having my recipe still are pretty much slim to none LOL
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I actually have a starter on my counter right now that is ready for me to bake!! This is so cool. The bread is just awesome too. I have made the recipe as stated and instead of making bread loafs out of it, I've made muffins. Use the same oven temp but bake for 30-35 minutes. They are so good and the kids can help themselves whenever they want a nice snack.
@angelicEmu (1311)
9 Jan 07
That sounds lovely! I'll have to give it a try sometime. I don't know whether it's similar to German friendship bread (which I have heard of), but maybe they're both from the same original recipe! Thank-you for posting the recipe - it's almost as though you've sent the starter dough to us all via the internet! All the best.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
I have one that calls for yeast in it. Is this by any chance a variation? Here we call it Herman Starter. Mostly we bake it with apples & cinnamon.
@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
9 Jan 07
I can remember doing this years ago it was one of those fads that went around only here in Australia we just called it frienship bread. Thanks for the recipe i will give it a go when the weather cools bit too hot to have the oven on now.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
Thank you for putting up the recipe. We used to make it when we were younger and just couldn't find the recipe anymore. Thank you very much.
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@Julia1970 (410)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Thank you for this recipe. I have been wanting this for a long time!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I have not had Friendship bread in several years, it is something that went around my circle of friends and family back in the early 80s, but I guess we all got inundated with starter and eventually just use the starter as the bread and were done with it... thanks for the recipe with the starter so I can once again taste this delightful bread.
• United States
10 Jan 07
I never heard of this. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.
• United States
9 Jan 07
This sounds great. I'll have to try it and let ya know. Thanks