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!).
Can I use quart size bag instead?
Your starter is 2 cups though, not 1? I’m confused. If i freeze some I’m doing 1 c. bags.
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.
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?
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?
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?
So when do you bake it?
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?
received the starter from my daughter-in-law and love it have made several variations since then love it
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.
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
Can I substitute Monk Fruit for sugar?
Before i had one that called for potato flakes in the recipe.
How do you store the starter for your self freeze it or keep in refridge
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!