Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe

Use this Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe as a base for many sweet breads, dinner rolls, muffins and other baked goods. Hints for storing and using up the sourdough starter.

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Download the Amish Friendship Bread Starter instructions here.

Click here to see how to bake the friendship bread.

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. 🙂

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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.

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How to Make Amish Friendship Bread Starter:

  1. 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.
  2. Write the directions right on the Ziploc bags using a permanent marker so you never have to go hunting for the directions.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
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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!).

But this Amish cinnamon friendship bread? You’ll be wanting to make it. It’s the best in served warm with a slather of butter.

Although this sweet sourdough starter is very easy, you may have questions! Please comment below with your questions and I’ll update this article to answer your questions as you have them.

Other Recipes to Use our Starter in:

Download the Amish Friendship Bread Starter instructions here.

how to make amish friendship bread starter
how to make amish friendship bread starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe

4.76 from 85 votes
Use this Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe as a base for many sweet breads, dinner rolls, muffins and other baked goods. Hints for storing and using up the sourdough starter.
Servings 4 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1 package active dry yeast* (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk (2% or higher fat)

Instructions
 

  • Pour the warm water into a small glass bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let this stand for 5-8 minutes to allow it to dissolve.
  • In a larger glass bowl (or plastic bowl. Don’t use metal bowls or utensils for sourdough), mix together the flour and sugar with a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in the milk and then the yeast mixture.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow it to stand until bubbly.
  • Once the mixture is bubbly, pour it into a gallon-size zippered plastic bag and seal. Do not refrigerate. Allow the sourdough mixture to sit out at room temperature. This counts as Day 1.
  • Day 2: Mash the bag.
  • Day 3: Mash the bag.
  • Day 4: Mash the bag.
  • Day 5: Mash the bag.
  • Day 6: Add 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk. Mash the bag until it is mixed well.
  • Day 7: Mash the bag.
  • Day 8: Mash the bag.
  • Day 9: Mash the bag.
  • Day 10: Pour the sourdough into a glass (or other nonmetal) bowl. Add ½ cup each of all-purpose flour, granulated sugar and milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Divide out 1 cup portions of the starter, placing each one-cup portion in separate zippered plastic bags. You’ll get about 4-5 bags. 
  • Seal the bags, and give the starter away to friends along with the instructions, keeping one for yourself if desired. The starter then goes back to Day 1.
  • Keep one starter for yourself.

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Notes

*Instant yeast will work as well.
**Calorie count shown above is for the friendship bread starter only and measures the calories in an entire cup. You use 1 cup of starter per two loaves of bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal
Author Julie Clark
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Calories 337
Keyword amish sourdough, friendship bread starter, herman sourdough, sourdough starter recipe
You can’t resist a slice of this warm, cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread. This quick bread starts with a sweet sourdough and makes two loaves.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Hillary
6 months ago

Can I use quart size bag instead?

Merrié
6 months ago

4 stars
Your starter is 2 cups though, not 1? I’m confused. If i freeze some I’m doing 1 c. bags.

mary fayia
5 months ago

5 stars
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.

Haley
5 months ago

My MIL gave me a starter and didn’t explain that I needed to mash it daily. I just looked at it and saw the directions and it’s been 4 days since she gave it to me. Is it too late to mash it? Do I need to start over?

Debbie
4 months ago

When starting back your starter with one cup on day one. Do we add anything else to the bag or only add on day 6?

Melanie Ross
2 months ago

I got the starter and was suppose to start on day 6. Didn’t have enough flour and in the mean time , didn’t have enough time, this was 5 days ago, can I still start at day 6?

M Brown
2 months ago

So when do you bake it?

Crystal
2 months ago

I have followed your starter recipe and it is not bubbling. I have made his many times before and it never bubbles but always turns out fine. I use fleischmann active dry yeast with a good date. Why does it never bubble?

Renee Smith
2 months ago

5 stars
received the starter from my daughter-in-law and love it have made several variations since then love it

Deana
2 months ago

5 stars
I haven’t made this in over 20 years. But my kids called it stinky bread. They were very little. I would use all different flavors of pudding to flavor it. Chocolate was good and so was pistachio. I am glad I found d this recipe again . I will be making g a batch soon.

Leslie
1 month ago

Do I take one cup of starter out for bread on day 10 then feed what is still in bag? Or do I feed it with the flour milk etc then take the one cup out to make my bread

Mariepeth Thomason
1 month ago

Can I substitute Monk Fruit for sugar?

Rachel white
1 month ago

Before i had one that called for potato flakes in the recipe.

Rosendo Rendon
1 month ago

How do you store the starter for your self freeze it or keep in refridge

Diana King
12 hours ago

5 stars
This starter sour dough bread is the best one I have seen. I know it will be the best recipe I have found. We have Amish friends. They are the best cooks!

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