Friendship Bread

  • Yield 16 servings

A sweet vanilla bread is drizzled with icing.


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.


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



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