Amazing Recipes for Amish Friendship Bread!

Have any of you ever worked with starter for Amish Friendship Bread?  A few years ago I enjoyed feeding my starter and making delicious breads.  I even experimented with variations.  The only problem that I had was finding new friends to whom I could give the starter when it was time to feed and divide.  It was getting a little embarrassing to discover that friends would turn away when they saw me coming with my little zip-closed baggies with starter! Oh, my!!

Then last summer a dear friend gave me a new recipe that allowed me to bake delicious breads without having to find friends for the extra starter. What a relief to be able to continue baking and still keep my friends!

This summer I discovered a wonderful website chock full of AFB variations. I had no clue that so much could be baked with this starter!  I will share with you the link to that site so that you can decide for yourself which recipes you would like to try.  I am going to share here the variation of starter and bread that you can use to control your starter, and not have it control  you!

Here is the website: You can go to this site to find the recipe for starter and many variations of the original bread recipe.


Here is the recipe to use for controlling your starter:

On days 1-5, just squeeze the bag.

Day 6: add to the bag 1/2 c. each of flour, sugar, and milk. Squeeze the bag to mix.

Days 7-9, just squeeze the bag.

Day 10: Add 3/4 c. each of flour, sugar and milk.  Mix well.  Remove 1 cup of starter into a new baggie.

Pour the remaining starter into a large mixing bowl. To this, add. . .

4 eggs

1-1/2 c. oil

3/4 c. milk

1-1/2 c. sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. vanilla

2-1/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

3 c. flour

1 lg. box instant vanilla pudding

Mix all ingredients well using a wooden spoon.  This will make 3 smaller loaves or 2 large loaves, or you can make about 24 muffins.  Grease the bottom of the pans and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Pour the batter into the pans; sprinkle the tops with the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake at 325 for about an hour for bread and 20 min. for muffins or until a toothpick comes out clean.

AFB starter is very forgiving!  It really doesn’t need to be fed ever 5 days or so.  If you miss a feeding, that’s ok!  And if you get tired of baking, the starter can be frozen until you decide to bake again.

A week or so ago, I experimented with my starter and created a recipe for sticky buns!  Yummy!  You can find the recipe on the website listed above.


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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

2 thoughts on “Amazing Recipes for Amish Friendship Bread!”

  1. Jan, have you tried any of the sugar-free or low-sugar variations? I like this slower method of controlling the starter – will have to give it a try. Also, do you ever bake in the little mini-muffin pans?

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