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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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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??

Day 1 use 1TB sugar until it foams up double in size then add 1/2 cup sugar Day 5 add 1/2 cup sugar (and milk and flour) Day 10 add 1/s cup sugar (and milk and flour) That makes 1 1/2 cups plus 1 T

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.

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

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?

When you put yeast in warm water it foams up to double in size.

yes, what temp, how long?

This is just the recipe for the starter. Go down to notes and click on Amazing Amish Friendship Bread and that is the recipe you use. I have used this many many times and it always turns out so great. Just be sure and not use any metal spoons or bowls when making this. I do however use metal baking pans. Good luck.

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

You don't cook the starter, you just follow the directions until day 10 and leave the starter out to basically ferment. You then refrigerate a cup, give some away and bake with the other using the friendship bread recipe under the notes above.

Where can I find the recipe for Anish fruitcake starter?

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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