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How to Make Friendship Bread

Friendship Bread has been and Amish tradition for years. The idea of friendship bread is to make a loaf and pass it to a friend. That friend then makes a loaf and passes it to another friend. It can go on for as long as you want; don’t be the one who doesn’t pass it down!


1 pkg. active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup warm milk

Wooden spoons

Non-metal bowl

How to make it:

Step 1.  Starter: Soften active dry yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon. In bowl, combine the 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar. Slowly add the 1 cup of warm milk and the dissolved yeast. Cover and let stand. Mixture will become bubbly.

Step 2. pour the batter into a gallon zip lock bag and mash it

Step 3. Days 3-5 continue to mash the bag once a day. If air pressure fills the bag, let it out.

Step 4. Day 6: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Mash the bag.

Step 5. Days 7-9: Mash the bag.

Step 6. Day 10: Pour all contents of the bag into bowl. Use wooden. Add 1.5 cups flour, 1.5 cups sugar, and 1.5 cups milk.

Step 7. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 1 gallon zip lock bags. Date bags. This is Day 1 of the starter. Set aside some for friends, the cycle has now begun.

Step 8. Remaining batter: add the following and mix thoroughly: 3 eggs, 1 cup of oil, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups flour, 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix.

Step 9. Grease pans. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 1.5 tsp cinnamon. Pour batter into pans and put sugar on top.

Step 10. Bake 1 hour at 325 or until cooked through. Cool until bread loosens from pan.