Cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread Without a Starter
Cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread Without a Starter
You may well remember the Amish friendship bread your mom and her friends made and passed around to each other growing up, resulting in delicious sweet, baked confections that you would look forward to any time you saw the infamous starter in action.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Amish friendship bread, we’ll break it down for you: typically, this is a bread that’s based on an easy, sweet, sourdough starter.

What makes it a friendship bread is that you can easily make the starter, then, once it’s ready, pass it on to friends who can make their own friendship breads with starters they can also give to friends. It’s a tasty, beautiful reminder of the fact that food really can bring people together.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cinnamon Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, then mix in egg and vanilla extract until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Starting and ending with the dry ingredients, alternate between adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until just combined.
  5. Whisk together cinnamon topping ingredients (1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon) together and set aside.
  6. Pour 1/2 batter into loaf pan, then sprinkle with 1/2 cinnamon sugar mixture. Top with remaining batter and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over the top.
  7. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool 15-20 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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