Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 bags of starter (4 servings)
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Friendship Bread Starter is what is used to make Amish Friendship Bread. It's called Friendship Bread Starter because it's typically divided among friends. 

Note: Please don’t confuse this starter with a Sourdough Bread Starter, which uses very little sugar. This recipe is used as the base for sweet or quick bread loaves, not a Sourdough Loaf Bread.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 ounce envelope​ 
  • active dry yeast (apprx. 2-1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (110 F)

How to Make It

  1. In a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup water. Heat the water in the microwave to 110 degrees F or if your tap water gets to that temperature use it instead.
  2. Add the yeast. Allow the yeast to dissolve. This takes about 10 minutes. With a plastic spoon, stir the yeast until it dissolves. Set the measuring cup aside.
  3. In a large non-metal bowl, combine sugar and flour with a non-wire whisk. Slowly add the milk and the dissolved yeast. Stir the mixture until it is combined.
  1. Place 3/4 cup of the starter in each of the plastic bags. (The excess will go into the bag you're keeping.) Give the other 3 bags to friends with a copy of these instructions.

Recipe Tips

  • Important: for the fermentation process to be successful, it must not be in contact with any metal spoons or bowls. This will greatly deter the process.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 338
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 381 mg
Carbohydrates 69 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)