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Amish Friendship Bread Starter


Get your favorite Amish friendship bread recipe going with this Amish Friendship Bread Starter. Follow these easy steps and be on your way to some of this delicious favorite.

  • 1 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 ounce package of yeast
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Day 1:

  1. Sprinkle one tablespoon of the sugar over the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and let stand in warm place to double in size (approx. 10 minutes).
  2. Mix 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and yeast mixture in a large plastic or glass container. Stir, using only a wooden spoon as metal objects retard the yeast's natural growth. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly in room temperature overnight. 
  3. This mixture doubles, even triples at times of vigorous rising.

Days 2 through 4:

  1. Loosely cover and try to stir starter each day with wooden spoon. Warning: yeast-type mould may begin to form on the surface after 48 hours if you don't stir daily.

Day 5:

  1. On 5th stir in 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and stir well, cover up loosely. 

Days 6 through 9:

  1. Stir well. Cover back up, loosely. 

Day 10:

  1. Stir in 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  2. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe.
  3. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator (or freeze it) or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).



For a wonderful bread recipe to use this starter, make up the Amazing Amish Friendship Bread recipe.

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Aug 30, 2012

ok, I'm confused...the ingredients call for 1 1/2 cups plus 1T sugar, but the instructions only use 1/2 cup plus 1T sugar...where did the other 1C sugar go??


Jul 26, 2012

We use a large ziploc bag to keep the starter in during all of this process. Then dole it out in the bags as well.


8 Ratings

Jun 27, 2012

so far so good, I am on the third day. It is exciting.


Jun 11, 2012

i'm does WATER double in size (Sprinkle one tablespoon of the sugar over the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and let stand in warm place to double in size (approx. 10 minutes) )?? Don't you have to have flour as well?


Jun 1, 2012

yes, what temp, how long?


May 29, 2012

Doesn't give cooking info!!!!!!!!


May 22, 2012

Where can I find the recipe for Anish fruitcake starter?


May 21, 2012

So glad to have found this recipe; have made the bread many times, but was always in the middle of the starter and couldn't quite figure out what quantities made the starter.


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