Amish Friendship Bread–Gluten-Free and no Starter Needed!

I love this time of the year!  Its cooler or crisp at night and I’m stocking up for Thanksgiving.  I’m just thinking about gifts for Christmas even though I have to ship a couple.  I’d better get working on them!  But my mind goes to old friends and holiday cards, etc.  What better way to prepare for all those things than to bake a couple of loaves of Friendship Bread?  One to share with a friend now before the season gets too crazy, and one to put away (freeze) for an unexpected guest–that will take care of everything.

Amish Friendship Bread is one of those old recipes that I haven’t seen made gluten-free.  It is such a tasty treat that I had to make it as soon as I thought of it.  See–I wan’t gluten-free all my life, and I have so many old recipes that I had forgotten about since now I only bake gluten-free.  So this is another one to make so I can pass it on to my family.  And it brings back memories from when I was a newly wed!

I sincerely hope you are looking forward to all the family and friend celebrations in the next few weeks.  I sure am!  Here is the recipe for Amish Friendship Bread made gluten-free with Baking Free™ gf All Purpose Flour.  Enjoy!

Amish Friendship Bread
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup Baking Free ™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour
  • ⅓ cup lukewarm Milk (100-110 degrees--warm in microwave)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups Baking Free ™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour (248 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 apples--peeled, cored and chopped
  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the starter. Place the bowl in a warm location. Wait for 10 minutes or until yeast becomes foamy,
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 9X5 inch loaf pans by greasing and flouring. Combine together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set this aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the activated starter, eggs, oil and vanilla. With the mixer on low, stir in the dry ingredients. Once combined, stir in the apples and nuts with a spoon. Divide batter between two prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Cool completely on racks. Makes 2 loaves.





  • Michele says:

    Just made this…amazing! Wondering, though if it works like regular friendship bread that gets fed and separated and shared or if it just gets made and baked.

    • Kathleen Andrews says:

      Gluten-free baking is so different from gluten-full baking! I would just make the recipe and share the baked loaf (and recipe). You really don’t make much of the starter for the recipe so there isn’t starter to share. Plus, I don’t know how it would work if the friend used gluten-full flour. Thanks for the question. Happy gluten-free baking! Happy New Year too!

  • Connie Beresford says:

    Yahoo!! My impossible printer printed each receive out with pictures. You must have the perfect recipe for that too! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Kathleen Andrews says:

      You are doing better than me–I can’t get just the recipes to print! I suspect that you printed the whole blog. Or did you click on print the recipe? That should ask if you want a picture or not. I hope this works for you. Thanks for the comment.

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