This bread is absolutely DELICIOUS!
You can't buy this bread.
You get it from a friend and if you are VERY lucky, you'll also get the batter and the recipe.
And in 10 days, YOU have four bags of batter. One you keep to make bread again in 10 days. And the other three you give away along with the recipe.
Any special ingredients?
I found I had everything on hand except I had only ONE loaf pan. And I didn't have vegetable oil on hand. And I needed Vanilla instant pudding. But I had everything else!
And I had 10 days to GET the other stuff!
Traditional Amish Friendship Bread Recipe
Do not refrigerate! Do not use metal spoons or bowls for mixing.
See the Variations & Hints page. You CAN use mixer & bowl if it is stainless steel.
It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble & ferment!
Day 1: Do nothing. This is the day you receive the batter; go by the date on the bag.
Day 2: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 3: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 4: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 5: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk then mush the bag.
Day 7: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 8: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 9: Mush the bag and burp the bag.
Day 10: Follow the instructions below:
Pour entire contents of the bag into a large non-metal bowl. Do NOT use a metal spoon or mixer.
I mix this by hand using just a spatula. A wooden spoon would work as well.
- Add 1-1/2 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk.
- Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each & put into 4 one-gallon Ziploc bags.
- Keep a starter for yourself & give the other 3 bags away to friends along with a copy of these instructions.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- To the remaining batter in your bowl add: *
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 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 of vanilla instant pudding
- Grease 2 loaf pans and mix an additional 1/4 cup each of flour and sugar and 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half of the mixture.
- Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
- I usually pour one pan. THEN before pouring the next add 2/3 cup of finely chopped walnuts.
- Bake both loaves for one hour, cool until bread loosens from the pan evenly (about 10 minutes). Serve warm or cold.
* I add this all into the bowl one after the other. I mix together after everything is in the bowl. I also do all the mixing by hand. This is about as difficult as mixing muffins together except there is more dough.
If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be making bread every 10 days. The bread is very good & makes a great gift! Only the Amish know how to create the “starter” so if you give them all away, you will have to wait until someone gives you one back! Well... actually you can make the starter yourself. See info on the links page on this site.