Friendship Bread Baking

I just finished baking a loaf of Friendship Bread this weekend. A few months ago I read the book Friendship Bread: A Novel by Darien Gee. (Have you read this book yet? You can read my review and enter to win a copy).

The concept of Friendship Bread is that you make a starter, “babysit” the starer for 9 days and then bake on day 10. You will have grown enough starter to share with 3 friends. Then they continue the cycle and keep sharing friendship and bread.

I am no expert, but here’s the recipe.

***Thanks to my friend Kayelynn for making the starter and doing the first round. She then shared it with me.


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes instant pudding (any flavor)
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
2.In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
3.Grease two large loaf pans.
4.Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
5.Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on the top.
6.Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

A few of personal tips

When you receive the starter, keep it in a gallon size ziploc bag.

Don’t store the bag of starter in your over the stove microwave. It will start to cook when you make your supper on the stove. I thought I was being smart by keeping it there instead of out on the counter. My counter looked cleaner without it just sitting there. But when I forgot about it being in the microwave and started to cook spaghetti one night for supper, I started smelling the most wonderful aroma of bread. The steam from the spaghetti noodles was heating up my microwave and starting to cook my starter. Uh-oh! Lucky for me I had more starter in the freezer and I was able to start over.

Mark each day on the bag with a sharpie marker.

Just remember to mash the bag each day and feed on day 5 and 10.

Baking day is Day 10!

Have you ever made Friendship Bread? I’d love to hear your tips and stories!

You can also interact with the Friendship Bread Community and author Darien Gee here on Facebook! Thanks Darien!

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About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    I enjoyed this book…actually I listened to an audio copy. I love all the possibilities you can make, and brownies! I have visited this site before, and need to make my started one of theses days!

  2. says

    duh! I found the link to the starter. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to do this on this coming weekend! Want to do it with my hubby on Saturday or Sunday. I have to go to Pier One and get a nice couple of large jars like the ones in the starter recipe. Thanks Sharon! :o)

  3. says

    If I just knew what the Amish Bread Starter was made of I think I would love to do this! Maybe I better get ahold of that book to read…. making a note to self now :o) I have the perfect friend to do this with and then I have to say that since having a bread machine now we do breads in there and it takes awhile to get through a loaf of bread for 2 people. :o) Excellent review! I can’t see any of the pics that come from and I wish I could.

    • Sharon Williams says

      If it’s possible, Melissa – youll be the one to figure it out! If you do it, make sure you post about it (of course) and let me know so I can share it! :-)

  4. says

    Thanks for posting this on our Facebook wall today. Every time we read this we laugh because we tell people to store it in their microwave to cut down on a drafty kitchen! Next time we pass that advice there will be a clause on how you must remove it before cooking. It only makes sense and we are glad you pointed it out.

    Baked anything lately?

    Friendship Bread Kitchen Assistant

    PS- Not sure if you are on Pinterest or not but we are giving your post a pin.

  5. says

    I love this bread! Definitely one of my favorites! I found you on a Blog Hop and I am your newest follower! I would love to have you stop by and follow back if you want to!
    Camille @
    PS We also have a link party every Saturday- I would love to have you link up if you want to!

  6. says

    Yum yum! I’m a huge Friendship Bread Fan! You are in the Kitchen Table Forum with your recipe. I love meeting new bloggers so I’m following your blog via GFC. Stop over and say HI! I have a Friendship Bread link up, too! You can link up your post.

    xoxo SusieQTpies

  7. says

    Thank you for blogging about your Amish Friendship Bread. We’d added your post to our Kitchen Table Forum of bloggers:

    Not sure if you know this or not but there is a NOOK contest going on at the website until 8/31. You still have time to enter and here is that link:

    Have a great day and keep on baking,
    Susan @ FBKitchen


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