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How To Make Amish Friendship Bread: 101 Recipe

Amish Friendship Bread

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Enjoy your homemade Amish Friendship Bread, perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones!

  • Total Time: 5 days
  • Yield: 1 loaf/12 slices 1x


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk (2% as an alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast


Starter Preparation

  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm milk (about 110°F) and let stand for 5-10 minutes until frothy.
  2. In a large container, mix 3 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, the activated yeast, and 3 cups very warm water (110°F). Stir until smooth.
  3. Let the starter ferment at room temperature for 5 days, stirring daily. It should bubble and expand, developing a sour aroma.

Bread Making

  1. Proof the yeast as described in the starter preparation.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and proofed yeast mixture. Gradually add warm milk, stirring to form a smooth dough.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Punch down the dough, divide it in half, and shape each half into a loaf. Place each loaf into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  6. Cover the pans and let the loaves rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake the loaves for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and the loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  8. Remove the bread from the pans and let cool on wire racks.


  • Weigh your flour for consistent results.
  • Use all ingredients at room temperature for optimal yeast activity.
  • Warm the milk slightly before mixing to help the yeast bloom.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 7 hrs
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 200 kcal
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg