Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

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You can’t resist a slice of this warm, cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread. This quick bread starts with a sweet sourdough and makes two loaves. Perfect for gift-giving! For the starter recipe, click here.


I know you’ve all been waiting for this recipe. We shared our Amish Friendship Bread Starter recipe yesterday. If you haven’t gotten that sweet sourdough starter mixed up and fermenting on your countertop, what are you waiting for?

One look at this cinnamon Amish friendship bread and you’ll be anxiously awaiting that 10-day sourdough cycle to be complete so you can get baking.


This is a classic bread.

It’s soft and moist. It’s full of cinnamon sugar flavor. It’s a one-bowl, no-rise, couldn’t-be-easier quick bread.

And if you’re not into baking quick bread, try baking the friendship bread batter in a muffin tin. You’ll prepare the pans the same way, but you’ll preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake them for 5 minutes, then reduce the baking temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 13 minutes. It’s a little trick I learned from Sally’s Baking Addiction in order to get the pretty domed tops that everyone loves on a muffin.

close up of cinnamon muffin in a muffin pan

And another option? Bake the batter in a 9×13 cake pan to have an Amish friendship cake. The options are endless with this easy bread recipe!


You’ll notice the first ingredient in this recipe is Head over to get the Amish Friendship Bread Starter here.

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Amish Friendship Bread

4.78 from 62 votes
You can’t resist a slice of this warm, cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread. This quick bread starts with a sweet sourdough and makes two loaves. Perfect for gift-giving!
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding (3.4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional
  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  • Mix well.
  • Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • Mix ½ cup sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon into a small bowl. Dust the greased pans with half of this cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the batter.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Cool until the bread loosens from the pan evenly and turn onto a serving dish.



*To make muffins, spray two muffin pans with cooking spray. Sprinkle the greased muffin cups with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then without opening the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 13 minutes or until the top of the muffin bounces back when you touch it.


Serving: 64g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 268
Keyword amish recipes, herman sourdough, quick bread recipes, sourdough

Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe

You can't resist a slice of this warm, cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread. This quick bread starts with a sweet sourdough and makes two loaves.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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D Forest
2 years ago

Been making this bread from a starter I was given 30 years ago and it was over 20 years old then. I have followed the exact same recipe for all those 30 years the only thing I do is when putting mixture in bread pans I put half in each pan then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top swirl with knife and put the rest of batter on top and sprinkle again with balance. Works out great but you need to follow instructions. Best bread ever and any one who has had it asks for a starter.

2 years ago

Can I just use my unsweetened starter and then add honey to make dough?

2 years ago

Made this many years ago. Ready to start again.
What size are the loaf pans that we should use? Will have to replace mine.

2 years ago

I’ve made this bread several times and I’ve Never put yeast in it! I just make the starter with 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk

2 years ago

Hello! Can cook and serve pudding be used in place of instant pudding? Thank you! 🙂

Virginia Belcher
2 years ago

My son (51)and are starting to make bread so any suggestions. Of what to make recipes.

2 years ago

Has anyone had success making this w/out all the sugary pudding mix?

janice speck
2 years ago

5 stars
I really like the bread except for one thing, I don’t dust the pan with the sugar/cinnamon mixture, it drew moisture after a day and the loaf sides and bottom felt sticky, tasted good but didn’t like the stickiness, so just used crisco and flour to dust.

2 years ago

I don’t think my previous question populated I live in Denver high altitude and I made the recipe and it didn’t turn out good what changes should I make

2 years ago

5 stars
Love this! Made a few personal touch adjustments but my family cannot get enough! So much that I had to make them wait 10 days for the starter to do its thing because they ate it all. Simply one of the best starter recipes I have ever used. Thank you.

2 years ago

I have instant yeast not active yeast. Will instant yeast work? If so, do I use the same amount?

2 years ago

Is it ok to use Sugar Free Pudding Mix?

Ian C
2 years ago

Hi, your recipes are well presented, I cant wait to get going, you have given me great ideas on what to do with sourdough starter discard. Your friendship bread calls for “Small” packages of vanilla pudding…

What is small? in onces or grams?

Thank you for the great website

2 years ago

I made the Amish friendship starter on accident; thinking it was the same as a regular sourdough start. Is there a way to convert it to sourdough now? Would I just leave out the milk and sugar on day 6 and 10?

2 years ago

I am so excited to bake this bread! A friend gave me a starter maybe 10 years ago, and I remember it being the best thing ever. I managed to bake it once, and then my Siberian Husky drug the starter off the back of my Kitchen counter and ate it. He’s was lucky he was so cute. When I asked my friend for another starter, she didn’t have one. So I was thrilled when a Google search 2 weeks ago for “sweet sourdough recipe in bag” immediately pulled up this site. I sweet-talked a neighbor out some hard-to-find yeast… Read more »