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November “Friendship Bread” Activity

on November 10, 2010

Today we made starter bgs of “friendship Bread” in FAC 4 FUN.  The students were given a gallon size ziplock bag and a packet of yeast to begin the project.  They then added the remaining ingredients to the baggies and will tend to their creation for the next 10 days, at which time they will divide out the bread, and give several bags to their friends and family members.  They will then bake their loaves of bread to enjoy with their families.

Here are some fun shots from the day

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This is the recipe for the starter of the bread, followed by how to create your bread when you are on day 10.

This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!


1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110°F)


1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.

2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.

3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.

For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions below for Amish Friendship Bread.

day 1:   Do nothing with the starter.

days 2-5:   Stir with a wooden spoon.
day 6:   Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.
days 7-9:   Stir with a wooden spoon.

Day 10:   Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers or zip-lock gallon size bags. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.

1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

 In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:

 2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 – (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts (optional)

 Add the above dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

You can also find some great variations to this recipe at  these two links:




One response to “November “Friendship Bread” Activity

  1. Sue says:

    Thanks for reminding me what a great lesson this is. I really enjoy your blog and your willingness to share such amazing activities you are doing for the FACS students.

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