My neighbor brought me an Amish Friendship Bread start and I was able to make some for the first time! I remember my mom making it once when I was little and I was excited to get to do it myself. It was a fun thing to do, but when I went to deliver my starts to my friends I realized that my copy of the recipe was all dirty. I didn’t want to photocopy it in that state, so I did the only logical thing and redesigned it to be cute and prepared it to post on my website 🙂 Hopefully this will save the next people from having to decide between photocopying a dirty recipe and having to recreate the document themselves. You can get the printable copy here – Amish Friendship Bread Printable.
Also, if you’re like me and got to the last day and discovered that your instant pudding boxes are 3.9oz instead of the 5.1oz called for, I’ve done the math for you so that you can use the right proportion of the 3.9oz boxes. Just combine 2 3.9oz boxes of pudding and remove a generous 1/3 cup of pudding mix and set aside. The remainder is what will go with your bread. If you would like to make pudding from that 1/3 cup of mix (because, pudding is delicious), just mix you 1/3 cup of pudding with 2/3 cup of milk and whisk for 2 minutes.
By the way, if you’re going to make this I HIGHLY recommend using Baking Pam. I don’t usually splurge on ingredients, but my husband brought this home once after being sent to do the grocery shopping and I gave it a try. It really is like magic for baking. Everything I make with the Baking Pam just slides right out of the pan with no fuss whatsoever. It is one splurge that I feel like is very worthwhile 🙂
Here’s a text copy of the recipe as well if you just want to see what this is all about. Don’t be scared by the 240 hour prep time… the vast majority of that time is spent with a ziploc bag sitting on your counter! If you want to print it though, use this version, it’s much prettier!
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 5.1oz box instant vanilla pudding, other flavors can be used but not sugar free
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Optional: add nuts, raisins, chocolate chips etc.
- Day 1: Receive the bread start. Do nothing.
- Day 2: Knead the bag
- Day 3: Knead the bag
- Day 4: Knead the bag
- Day 5: Knead the bag
- Day 6: Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, & 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Add to bag. Knead to combine.
- Day 7: Knead the bag
- Day 8: Knead the bag
- Day 9: Knead the bag
- Day 10:Combine in a large bowl—batter from the bag, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour & 1 cup sugar. Combine well and put 1 cup of starter in 4 gallon sized bags. Keep one for yourself. Give this recipe and 1 starter bag to 3 friends
- To Make the Bread: Mix 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar together, set aside.
- Spray 2 smaller bread pans with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle the pans with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Pour batter into pans.
- Bake at 325°F for 45-60 minutes.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pans.