Amish Friendship Bread Without Starter

I had Amish Friendship Bread a few years ago and I loved it! I’m pretty sure I kept all the starters you’re supposed to share with friends, because I loved it so much. I couldn’t bare parting ways with the starters because I loved this bread so much. Not really how it works, but hey, whatever. So here’s my Amish Friendship Bread Without Starter recipe.

I have looked and looked for a recipe that didn’t require a starter, because taking five days to make it just wasn’t cutting it.

Finally! Now there’s Amish Friendship Bread Without Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Without Starter, can't tell you how long I've been looking for this recipe!
I’m sure of one thing! The Amish really like their sugar. Like really, really like it!
I guess that’s one thing we have in common… because I happen to also love sugar! This bread would make a perfect gift for friend’s birthdays, or neighbor holiday gifts. Combine it with a cute pan, and/or a pretty dish towel and it will be a gift to remember!
 If you’re looking for another great recipe, you’ve got to try my Vanilla Texas Sheetcake!



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. For the batter cream together butter, sugar and eggs.
  2. Add milk, flour, and baking soda
  3. Divide 1/2 of the batter into two greased loaf pans
  4. Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon
  5. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar on top of the batter in each pan
  6. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top of each
  7. Swirl with a knife
  8. Bake at 350 for 45-50 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when tested
  9. Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from the pan
Amish Friendship Bread Without Starter, can't tell you how long I've been looking for this recipe!
NOTE: I have no idea why but my bread took way longer then 45 minutes. Once I hit 50 minutes I turned my heat down to 300 and checked it every 5-10 minutes. I turned the heat down because I didn’t want my bread to burn. It still came out perfectly moist, and was so good.
It better be good with all that sugar in it
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    May 20, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Excellent information. Write more about this for us.

  2. Suzette
    March 20, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    Made this tonight. While it smelled wonderful in the house I didn’t like that the top didn’t come out very smooth after doing the swirl thing. Next thing I will just mix it all in the batter so it will be another less crumbs…. Otherwise it’s a keeper here

  3. March 7, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    This brings back memories of all the food storage bags in my freezer filled with Amish bread starter. It would get harder and harder to “give it away” since everyone else in my circle’s freezers looked the same. lol.

    This looks great! I have pinned! Thanks for sharing.

  4. August 27, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    It is great to be able to make this bread without having to try and find someone with a starter first. This is the best bread ever!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 26, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Perfect! Now I can have Amish Friendship Bread whenever I want. I’m fairly certain that’s going to be pretty often! Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday! – Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck – Colleen

  6. Dainette ward
    August 9, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Can you put little Apple pieces in the mix

  7. Tim
    February 27, 2017 / 7:00 am

    This recipe is exactly the same as my banana bread recipe without bananas and an extra 1/2 cup sugar. It come out great if you fill your loaf pans to 3/4 ths sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on the top. And you can ad chocolate chips and or cinnamon inside the loaf as well!

  8. Jennifer
    December 24, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I’m confused by the directions. It says to put half of the batter into two loaf pans and then to mix in remaining batter. Soooo you put in half, add in cinnamon then put the other half on top and bake one loaf? Or I need to quarter the batter and make two loafs? I put it all in one and it overflowed when baking.

    • Lizzi
      February 10, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Quarter of batter into each of the two loavs, sprinkle with cinnamon, then another quarter of batter on top of each then another sprinkle and swirl ( your right it wasn’t clear, but Basicly one recipe makes two loves)

  9. November 17, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Looks yummy. Thanks for joining the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared

  10. November 7, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I love this! Pinning for later! Finally, an amish bread I don’t have to ask around everyone and anyone who might have a starter!! 🙂

    We’d love to have you share at our weekly Dishing It & Digging It Link Party! We are live now and every Sunday!

    • Dawn
      November 13, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      What size pan did you use?

      • Hilary
        November 14, 2016 / 9:53 pm

        Hi Dawn, you can use one Loaf Pan, or several small loaf pans. Depends on what size you’d like. I hope it works out! Let me know how you like it.!. xoxo

  11. November 6, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Awesome!! I love that bread, but not that starter! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

  12. Heather
    September 9, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    How many loaves does this recipe make? Thanks so much!!!

    • Hilary
      September 11, 2015 / 11:43 pm

      It can make one large loaf or several small ones Heather. It really just depends on how big your pan is, and how many you’dl iek to make. I know that doesn’t totally answer your question, but it’s totally up to you 🙂

  13. Nicki
    June 13, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Anyone tried to make chocolate one with this recipe?

    • Hilary
      July 25, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      I have never made Chocolate Amish Bread before Nicki. sounds just about perfect though!

  14. Marie
    April 14, 2015 / 12:07 am

    You can make this as muffins. I have made regular and mini muffins and they are awesome and take about half the time to cook as a loaf!!

  15. January 31, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Will definitely be trying this. Have another snowstorm coming this will be eaten.:)

  16. January 31, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Definitely going to try it. Love bread and with another snowstorm coming it will be eaten. 🙂

    • February 5, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      I hope you made it, that storm was rough.!. 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    November 23, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    Is the flour self rising or plain?

    • February 5, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      I just use regular flour, not bread flour or anything

  18. February 23, 2014 / 2:09 am

    Can’t wait tot try this. Is it all purpose flour?

    • March 3, 2014 / 1:26 pm

      Yep! All purpose flour. But I’m sure you could use any type of flour you’d like.!.

  19. Anonymous
    February 22, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    This looks so good am going to try it

    • March 3, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      Hope you like it!!! Let me know what you think.

  20. Anonymous
    February 22, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Thanks for making this easy on all of Us! Everyone loves it but hates the time involved! Can’t wait to make it

    • March 3, 2014 / 1:27 pm

      Time is definitely important, that’s why I love this recipe! It doesn’t take days to enjoy this amazing bread.!. Glad you like it 🙂

  21. Anonymous
    February 22, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Ooh this looks yummy! I’ve been craving friendship bread! Oh and I used to freeze my starters to use later! Ran out obviously…

    • March 3, 2014 / 1:27 pm

      Having to save the starters always bugged me. I hate taking up space! Glad I don’t need to worry about them anymore 🙂

  22. Anonymous
    September 22, 2013 / 12:08 am

    trying this recipe as muffins instead of loaves. Easier to grab in the morning. Crossing my fingers they turn out!

    • September 23, 2013 / 1:59 am

      That sounds like a great idea! Let me know how they turn out.!.

  23. May 24, 2013 / 2:16 am

    This is awesome! Because the starter. OMG there are only so many days in a row I can eat Amish Friendship Bread!

    • May 24, 2013 / 3:12 am

      Seriously! It really is life changing 🙂 You’ll love it 🙂

  24. May 18, 2013 / 3:04 am

    I love you! This is awesome. I always hated the started and then trying to get rid of it to other people!!!!

    • May 22, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      haha, Julie you’re so sweet. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a hard time getting rid of the starter.!.

      • Lori
        April 13, 2016 / 7:59 am

        FYI Amish Friendship Bread starter actually freezes very well and lasts long in the freezer, so you don’t have to go through the frustration of having an overabundance of starter. 🙂

  25. May 14, 2013 / 2:48 am

    I love the picture on this one! Awesome job! Love Amish bread!

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