Friendship Bread

  • Yield: 16 servings

Some years ago, a neighbor presented me with a loaf of Amish Friendship Bread, the recipe, and "starter" dough with wich I could subsequently bake my own. When I ran out of starter, I concocted this recipe and have baked dozens of loaves for delighted friends and neighbors.


1cup vegetable oil
1 1/2cups sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
3large eggs
1/2teaspoon salt
2teaspoons cinnamon
2 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4cups milk
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
1/3cup chopped black walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Combine oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, milk, soda, pudding, baking powder, and walnuts, if desired. Mix well.
  4. Grease 2 large loaf pans and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Pour in bread mixture and sprinkle any leftover sugar mixture on top. Bake for 1 hour.

Recipe by Jim Evans, Kensington, Md.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 13
  • Calories 310
  • Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Cholesterol 35mg
  • Sodium 270mg
  • Potassium 60mg
  • Carbohydrate 41g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 26g
  • Protein 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 6%