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Subject: Amish Friendship Bread
Date Posted: 8/5/2007 9:35 PM ET
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I received a start of some Amish Friendship Bread.  If anyone's familiar, I'm on Day 6.  I just added flour, milk, and sugar; then mushed the bag.  On Thursday, I'll be able to share some batter for friends to start, and I can bake my first breads (I have enough for 3 loaves).  I'm just wondering if anyone has any good recipes.  You can flavor the bread any way you want.  I'm thinking chocolate, banana nut, and...need some ideas for my third flavor.

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 2:36 AM ET
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Here's a site with LOTS of variations www.armchair.com/recipe/amish/amish.html   My mil makes it all the time and I tease her that they call it friendship bread because it makes so much you have to make new friends to find someone to give it to! LOL

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 10:50 AM ET
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all you do is just mix it until day five then you add one cup flour one cup milk and one cup sugar. then keep mixing until day 10.

Date Posted: 8/14/2007 6:44 PM ET
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I make this every ten days. Let me tell ya Penny, you won't be keeping that cute ass of yours if you actually EAT this bread every ten days!!  We love it, and I just use vanilla pudding and cinnamin. I think I gain 5 pounds every ten days on this stuff. Also, I've ran out of friends and family to share with, the post office has already handed out starters to every customer, and the bank employees run when they see a bag in my hand. Plan on tossing 3 of the four cups down the drain within about 30 days, unless you have a much bigger circle of friends than I do!

Oh yea, this is one of my favorite AND most forgiving recipe I have ever had. Plus, when you get bored, throw the starter in the freezer and just pull it out again and count it as Day 1. Works every time.....

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 11:13 PM ET
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I have a question.  I tried this several years ago when someone gave me a starter.  It was delcious.   I looked on the Amish link on one of the messages.  So, that is all a starter is, the 1 cup of live yeast.  You just go from there?

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 11:31 PM ET
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I love this bread.  I found a recipe several years ago for the starter.  I actually have one starter in the freezer. 


Here's the site that I got mine from  allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amish-Friendship-Bread-Starter/Detail.aspx

If I don't want to make more starter, I will just skip the additions of flour, sugar, and milk on the days that you are supposed to add it (I once had maybe 10 starter batches in the freezer)

Last Edited on: 8/18/07 11:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 6:12 PM ET
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Is the starter just the yeast, if not, what is the recipe for the starter. .?  Thanks

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 7:56 PM ET
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click on the link in my previous post, and it has a recipe for the starter:

Amish Friendship Bread Starter


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 cups milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
  2. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
  3. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 5:34 PM ET
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Thanks  that sounds simple enough. I am going to try it tomorrow.