Have I got a treat for you today! Classic Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe. Have you ever tried this sweet sourdough?
It’s one of those recipes that people seem to either love or hate. On one hand, you make a sweet sourdough that you have to keep dividing and using up, or passing out to your friends….or throw away. If you keep the starter going, it just…well…keeps going.
On the other hand, you make a sweet sourdough that is versatile and makes an amazing cinnamon quick bread. Quick bread that is so addicting that you can eat 6 loaves in a matter of 3 days.
Yeah….just please don’t ask. 🙂
Whether you make it this bread weekly, haven’t seen it in years, or are completely new to Amish Friendship Bread, my goal is to convince you to at least give easy sourdough recipe a try. I’m going to make it easy for you with hints! The recipe for the bread itself is coming soon, but first you need the starter.
How to Make Amish Friendship Bread Starter:
Have Ziploc plastic bags (for easily storing the starter), glass bowls and wooden spoons on hand. For sourdough, you don’t want to use metal bowls or utensils. Sourdough is acidic and can dissolve some metals. It’s best to use anything but metal bowls and utensils.
Write the directions right on the Ziploc bags using a permanent marker so you never have to go hunting for the directions.
Make the starter recipe, then pour it into a Ziploc bag (with the directions written on it). You can also store this in a loosely covered glass bowl if you’d like. I just find it easier to use a Ziploc bag.
While you are working your way through the 10-day process, store the starter at room temperature. If the Ziploc bag gets air in it, simply let it out.
How much sourdough you end up with at the end of the 10 day process depends on how active your sourdough is. You’ll end up with about 5-6 cups.
On Day 10 after you add last bit of flour, sugar and milk, separate out 1-cup portions into Ziploc bags (don’t forget those directions on the front!).
At this point, you can give away some of those starter bags to friends along with the recipe and instructions so they can indulge in their own friendship bread.
Keep a starter for yourself to continue the sourdough process (Day 10 is equal to Day 1), and make the Amish Friendship Bread with one of the other cups of starter.
If you can’t find anyone who wants the sourdough starter, simply throw those 1-cup bags into the freezer until another time when you’d like to start the sourdough process our bake the bread. When you pull the sourdough out of the freezer, treat it as Day 1. Or just go ahead and use that cup to bake loaves of friendship bread!
You don’t have to feel like this is a never-ending recipe. Although it may seem that way, you can easily freeze the 1-cup sourdough portions at the end of the 10 days to make multiple recipes (that we’ll be sharing on our site soon!).
I always use unsweetenend almond milk. It works.
Thank you for sharing this recipe for the Amish bread starter recipe! I use to make this 20 + years ago when someone shared a starter with me and I would make pumpkin bread and banana nut bread which was always a hit with my family. Unfortunately at some point I stopped making them and gave the starters I had away and I didn’t have the starter recipe. I have tried making homemade banana nut bread, ect but they were nothing like the friendship bread. I’m excited to now have the starter recipe and I can’t wait until Thanksgiving and… Read more »
Your starter is 2 cups though, not 1? I’m confused. If i freeze some I’m doing 1 c. bags.
I was wondering if you could use self rising flour in this recipe??
How much batter do I use to bake 1 loaf
How long can you store starter in the freezer? I have had some for yeats.
I already have sourdough starter that is fed with flour and water. Can I just separate a cup out of that and then start feeding it the milk and sugar or should I do that on day one?
Years ago I received a starter kit but after baking for several weeks, I finally stopped. I would like to attempt a starter. I’m on the 9th day and forgot to mush the bag one day, will it still work or should I throw it out and start again.
today is my first day wish me luck with the starter receipt
Thank you for this recipe and this page as a whole. I learn a lot about other recipes and tips that made my friendship bread. I only used a 1/3 of the sugar in the recipe and it was just as nice.
I used this recipe with my gluten free flour mix and it turned out amazing!! The gluten free flour mix is 1c white rice flour, 1c brown rice flour, 1c sweet rice flour, 1 c tapioca flour and 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum., mixed well. Then it is one to one replacement. This recipe is not my own but it is the best gf baking flour mix we have tried for baking or making sausage gravy. Even my gluten eaters love this recipe:) Thanks for a walk down memory lane.
After you divide it into bags to give away (or use) it says this is day one. Do you need to add all the original recipe list to start over as day one? Or is the one cup of starter day 1 by itself?
Thanks : )
Years ago there was a starter recipe for something we called “Herman” that we could used to make a great cinnamon coffee cake, cookies, and bread. . Is this the same recipe?
How long does it “stand” before bubbling? Mine is not bubbling.
in the beginning How long does it generally take to start the bubble