How to make it

  • Starter Instructions:
  • Note: DO NOT use metal bowls or spoons and DO NOT refrigerate.
  • Dissolve yeast in small amount of warm water. Mix all ingredients together in an ample sized bowl or jar (it WILL grow). This is Day 1 of the starter.
  • Instructions for completed bread:
  • General:
  • Do NOT use metal spoon or bowl for mixing.
  • Do NOT refrigerate.
  • If air gets in the bag, let it out.
  • It is normal for batter to thicken, bubble and ferment.
  • Day 1: This is the day you receive the batter; do nothing.
  • Day 2: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 3: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 4: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 5: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 6: Add 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk
  • Day 7: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 8: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 9: Squeeze the bag.
  • Day 10: Combine in a large bowl: batter, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mix with wooden spoon or spatula. Pour three, one cup starters in ziplock bags and give them to your friends along with the instructions.
  • Add to the batter remaining in the bowl, add all ingredients.
  • Pour into 2 large, well greased and sugared (mix cinnamon and sugar) loaf pans. You can sprinkle some extra cinnamon and sugar on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Optional: Add 1 cup chopped pecans and/or 1/2 cup raisins.
  • Variations:
  • *Omit cinnamon and vanilla pudding in the basic recipe and add two bananas (mashed)
  • *Omit cinnamon and vanilla pudding from the basic recipe and add 1 - (2.1 oz) box of instant chocolate pudding, 3 tsp. cocoa and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours.
  • *Add one cup of raisins and one small diced apple.
  • *Omit the vanilla pudding. Add 1 box of butterscotch pudding and 1 cup of butterscotch chips.
  • *Replace the vanilla pudding with chocolate and add 1/2 cup each of chocolate chips and coconut.
  • *Substitute ALMOND flavoring (NOT Imitation) for the vanilla flavoring and substitute WHITE CHOCOLATE pudding for the vanilla pudding.
  • *Use lemon pudding and lemon extract in place of vanilla pudding and vanilla extract. Also add 1/4 cup of poppy seeds. and omit cinnamon and nuts.
  • *Omit cinnamon, nuts and vanilla. Use lemon flavored pudding, add 1 tsp. lemon extract and 2 cups coconut.
  • *Use banana cream pie pudding and two mashed bananas. I have also added 1/4 cup of chocolate chip to this on occasion.
  • *A cup of dried cranberries and a tsp of orange zest, along with a cup of chopped nuts, makes a nice holiday variation to the cake!
  • *Add Craisins(dried sweetened cranberries) and chocolate covered raisins to the mix.
  • *Add dried apples and caramel instant pudding (makes it like caramel apples).
  • *Use 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, 3/4 cup macadamia nuts and cheesecake pudding.
  • *Substitute 2 tablespoons molasses for equal amount of sugar and add spices to make gingerbread.
  • *Add 1 cup of drained crushed pineapple, 1 cup shredded coconut and pistachio pudding (instead of vanilla).
  • *Use 1 small box of orange jello, 1 c. drained mandarin oranges.
  • *Use 1 small box of strawberry jello, 1 c. thawed strawberries.
  • *Use Cheesecake pudding instead of vanilla pudding and add chopped maraschino cherries (about 6 with some juice). This tastes great and looks very festive.
  • *Use different flavors of pudding: bannana, lemon, chocolate, and butter pecan. You can also made it with fruit such as blueberries and raspberries.
  • *Add glazed fruit mix with walnuts and almonds. The result is a tasty fruitcake.
  • *Use banana cream pudding and shredded coconut.
  • *Use coconut cream pie pudding with crushed pineapple.
  • *Use cappicino pudding , 1/2 C. chocolate chips and 1/2 C. nuts of choice.
  • BASICALLY- You can put anything into the basic Amish Friendship Bread recipe.

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  • Frogger 9 years ago
    I made my starter 10 days ago I'm on my 10 th day am I ready to bake or do I seperate into bGs and do another 10 days which will be a total of 20 days then bake?
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  • Sheriibaby 13 years ago
    Has anyone substituted applesauce for the oil? Does it still work? Thanks :)
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    " It was excellent "
    Schlachter4 ate it and said...
    Fabulous bread and all the variations are great! Can I can freeze the starter and start the 10-day process later? I'd like to take a break from bread-baking to start my holiday cookies.
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    " It was excellent "
    thegoldminer ate it and said...
    Just finished 24 loaves, 14 more to go for xmas. JJ
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    " It was excellent "
    cherylannxo ate it and said...
    Great recipe! ^5...Cheryl
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  • newlywed 15 years ago
    Thanks bunnypony for the suggestion that a loaf pan and an 8x8 will work fine. I am trying it now. As a newly wed, my kitchen still isn't totally up to snuff - so sometimes I have to punt. thanks for the tip. will let you know how they turn out!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I especially appreciate you adding all the variations to it! You can get bored eating the same bread every 10 days. Printed this out, and 5 for you!
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  • askksk 15 years ago
    Starter recipe is the first five lines of the ingredients section and the first three lines of the instructions section.
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    moxie2burn ate it and said...
    I love the original best too. Hope you don't mind, I uploaded a pic for you. This stuff has become a staple in our house ... and there are always bags of frozen starter in my freezer. :) Thanks for posting!
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  • askksk 16 years ago
    I've edited the recipe to include all variations that I've heard about. Can't say I've tried them all because I love the original.
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  • kimberlydawn 16 years ago
    I have been looking for a starter recipe for about 12 years and no one knew what I was talking about. Thank you so much!!! I also had several recipes for different breads to make including pumpkin, banana choco-chip, and several others. Do you know where to find those??
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  • bunnypony 16 years ago
    ...also, my recipe also says to use the "2 large pans"...

    I made 1- 8x8 and 1 loaf pan... worked beautifully in both.

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  • bunnypony 16 years ago
    I knew I'd be able to find a Starter recipe-- I just received a bag and it EXPLICITLY states that "Only the Amish know how to creae a Starter, so if you give away all your bags, you'll jave to wait until someone gives you another..."

    hah! I imagined that it would be more complicated to Start it!! So much for being SOL, huh?

    THANKS! xoxo
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  • notyourmomma 16 years ago
    Oh, just like this was in Ann Hodgman's One Bite Won't Kill You. What an awesome cookbook, Ann is a terrific writer and so very funny, I recommend it very highly. I love this bread and make many variations and freeze them as Christmas gift goodies and I always have something on hand for emergency defrost for unexpected guests.
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  • queenmidge 16 years ago
    1 package active dry yeast
    1 cup milk
    1 cup flour
    1 cup sugar

    that is the recipe for the starter .

    this is such a YUMMY bread for the kids to make too - mine love all the stirring .
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  • thepiggs 16 years ago
    Great variety of changes for different breads!

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