18 Amish-Inspired Bread Recipes You Need to Try

Updated: Feb. 19, 2023

Homemade bread is a staple in many Amish kitchens. From potato bread to onion cake, these recipes are inspired by the Amish and the Pennsylvania Dutch. Check out these other traditional Amish recipes, too.

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Amish White Bread

This basic bread recipe is perfect for everyday use for sandwiches, toast and more. For a little extra flair, do as the Amish do and slather it with a homemade flavored butter, such as red pepper or herb. Another Amish baking tip: Stick a slice of bread in your cookie jar to keep them fresh.
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Amish Friendship Bread

When it comes to traditional Amish recipes, Amish friendship bread is as classic as shoofly pie. It uses a sourdough starter that can be shared among friends—hence the name, “friendship bread”—but you can also make your own starter.

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Amish Potato Bread

Don’t let any leftover mashed potatoes go to waste! Use them—along with whole wheat and all-purpose flour—to make this golden Amish potato bread. The potatoes add a wonderful texture and help keep the loaf moist for days. (And if you’re a fan of this recipe, try other clever Amish cooking ideas.)

Take a look at these delicious cranberry bread recipes.

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Amish Onion Cake

This rich, moist bread with an onion-poppy seed topping is a wonderful break from your everyday bread routine. You can serve it with any meat, and it’s a nice accompaniment to soup or salad. For a sweet complement to this savory dish, make one of these Amish cookie recipes for dessert.
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Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I'm always busy with three active sons, so this rich quick bread is a favorite. I like to wrap these loaves to give as gifts. —Sharon Walker, Huntington Station, New York
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Dutch Oven Raisin Walnut Bread

On a cold day, nothing is better than a warm, crusty Dutch oven raisin bread filled with walnuts. —Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
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Salt-Rising Bread
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Salt-Rising Bread

Salt-rising bread is most commonly associated with Appalachian settlers, but it’s also found in some Amish communities. This recipe is perfect to make when you don’t have yeast on hand—instead of yeast, it uses a starter made from cornmeal.

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Dutch Apple Loaf

Being of Dutch descent, I knew I had to try this recipe for a moist, fruity quick bread. It freezes well, so I often have a loaf on hand for church bazaars. —Gladys Meyer, Ottumwa, Iowa
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Sweet Cornbread

This corn bread goes well with just about anything. I always make it when we have chili. The sour cream makes it nice and moist.
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Whole Wheat Bread

I'm 12 years old and make this bread with my mother, who got the recipe from her mother. I usually prepare the dough, and my mom bakes it. —Freida Stutman, Fillmore, New York
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Old-World Rye Bread

Rye and caraway give this bread wonderful flavor, while the surprise ingredient of baking cocoa adds to the rich, dark color. I sometimes stir in a cup each of raisins and walnuts. —Perlene Hoekema, Lynden, Washington
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Grandma's Oatmeal Bread

The aroma from this old-fashioned oat bread will draw your family members to the kitchen so they can sample it fresh from the oven. —Marcia Hostetter, Canton, New York
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Maple Bubble Bread

This is my family's favorite breakfast bread. With a scrumptious topping of maple syrup and brown sugar, it's the perfect start to a special day.—Hannah Cobb, Owings Mills, Maryland
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Blueberry Banana Bread

Blueberries and bananas combine in these tender, golden loaves. Whether you enjoy a slice as a snack or for breakfast, this bread is so flavorful, you won't need butter. —Sandy Flick, Toledo, Ohio
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Applesauce Cinnamon Bread

This whole wheat apple cinnamon bread recipe contains quite a bit of applesauce, which provides natural sweetness so you use less sugar. As a bonus, it also allows for a minimal amount of oil to be used. —Sherry Craw, Mattoon, Illinois