Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Dave B.


This is the starter for Amish friendship bread, I've heard don't use metal bla bla bla but it's really not too picky. If you forget to add on day 6, no worries, just add and start back as if it were day 6. It's not real complicated. I've posted the recipe for a brownie/cake that's out of this world. I've included a recipe for the original

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You and four friends
20 Min
No-Cook or Other


1 0.25oz pkg
1 c
warm water (110-115f)
1 c
white sugar
1 c
ap flour
1 c
milk (you "can" use buttermilk)

How to Make Amish Friendship Bread Starter


  • 1In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • 2In a 2-quart glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork.
  • 3Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture
  • 4Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions for Amish Friendship Bread.
  • 5Instructions for Amish Friendship Bread:
  • 6Day 1: Do nothing.
    Day 2: Mash the bag.
    Day 3: Mash the bag.
    Day 4: Mash the bag.
    Day 5: Mash the bag.
    Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.
    Day 7: Mash the bag.
    Day 8: Mash the bag.
    Day 9: Mash the bag.
    Day 10: Follow the directions below:
    Pour the entire bag into a nonmetal bowl.

    Add 1½ cup flour, 1½ cup sugar, 1½ cup milk.

    Measure out equal portions of 1 cup each into 4 1-gallon Ziploc bags. *Most people will end up with 4-7 portions depending on how active your starter has been, especially if you made your starter from scratch.

    Keep one of the bags for yourself (or leave it in the mixing bowl if you plan to bake right away), and give the other bags to friends along with the recipe
  • 7The starter should be left at room temperature. Drape loosely with dish towel or plastic wrap. Do not use metal utensils or bowls. If using a sealed Ziploc bag, be sure to let the air out if the bag gets too puffy. I like to write the directions on the bag before I give it to a friend, but just make sure you give them the directions
  • 8REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking in 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish (and now you) know how to make a starter, so if you give all the bags away, you will have to wait for someone to give you a starter back.

    Should this recipe not be passed onto a friend on the first day, make sure to tell them which day it is when you present it to them.

    The Recipe:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

    2. To the remaining batter in a bowl add the following:

    a. 3 eggs
    b. 1 cup oil
    c. 1/2 cup milk
    d. 1 cup sugar
    e. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    f. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    g. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    h. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    i. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    j. 2 cups flour
    k. 1-2 boxes instant pudding (any flavor)

    i. Optional: 1 cup nuts and 1 cup raisins

    3. Grease 2 large loaf pans

    a. In a bowl mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
    b. Dust the greased pans with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

    4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on the top.
    5. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
    6. ENJOY

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About Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom