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 love this recipe. I made this years ago. I have been lookin g for the starter for a long time. What I need now is how to bake it up to finish it. Times etc.
Seems like YEARS ago, I saw a sourdough starter using potato water. Can you use the water left over from boiling potatoes? Thank you for posting this! LOVE, Love, love sourdough!
Sounds interesting recipe! I live in India, Gujarat state which is pretty hot for most time of the year. Can I shorten the duration between each stage ?
Hi..it says it’s cinnamon bread, but I didn’t see the addition of cinnamon in the recipe anywhere. Did I overlook something?
Can you freeze the starter? Or should you freeze the bread dough?
How much batter do I use to bake 1 loaf
I live at over 8000 ft sea level so would have to use less yeast in the starter, but don’t known how much.
if i dont want to divide the batter into 4 bags how do i finish the receipe ?antoinette
As long as it does touch the metal lid, can you store it in a canning jar? Thinking weapons lids in plastic wrap….
Going to try this but need to know how to cook…ie…oven temp, cooking time, how much batter t for loaf pan?
I am pretty sure that I know the answer to this but I want to make sure. When I separate the starter mix into bags, they are ready to use in the Amish Friendship bread recipe, right? I don’t like to share :). Seriously, I want to start another batch out of one and make the others for gifts. Thanks for a great recipe that I had lost years ago!
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?
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 »
Can I use almond milk (unsweetened) as the milk in the starter and in the recipe instead of regular milk?
I was wondering if you could use self rising flour in this recipe??