Redesigned: Amish Friendship Bread


A neighbor of mine brought by a starter bag for Amish Friendship Bread a few days ago. I got a bag years ago, just after Chris and I got married, but totally forgot to bake it on the tenth day. I was determined this time to stay on top of it. I’m glad I did.

I never bake bread, I’m horrible at it, but since this is more of a pound cake I gave it a go. Mmm! Mmm! Chris and I pounded down one of the loaves in a matter of minutes.

One of the things about Amish Friendship bread, is it comes with a little instruction sheet that you’re supposed to copy and send along with the starter bags. And . . . woops . . . I wrote all over my sheet before copying it off.

My first thought was to white out the writing and then copy the instructions. Then my brain woke up: Why white-out on a sheet in order to save the comic sans instructions? Gross. I’m going to redesign it. 

Now I’m sharing the download with you. I figure maybe some of you out there might be looking for a prettier handout with your bread starters. So here you go. Share with your friends.

If you’d like to get started on your own Amish bread, you can find the instructions for making your own starter here.

Click the download button below for the printable Amish Friendship Bread handout. Enjoy!

This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this post, publish more than 2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!


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    1. Sara Nelson says:

      I’m glad you tried the chocolate pudding! That’s what I did, and I thought it was fun :)

    2. Amanda says:

      I would’ve downed that in a hot sec, too! I loooove amish friendship bread, and chocolate! What a brilliant idea. I’m so glad you posted this radly designed recipe so I don’t have to pass along comic sans. My friends are much too good for that.

    3. Amy says:

      Cool! Redesign looks great. Thanks for sharing with us!

    4. Erin says:

      Growing up, we always referred to this as “mush bag bread”, but I have never seen the chocolate version. Can’t wait to try it out, so thanks for sharing.

    5. Jenny says:

      I love Amish Friendship Bread…that looks so good!

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    7. margaret says:

      what do you start out with for bread

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