how to make amish friendship bread starter
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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish sourdough, friendship bread starter, herman sourdough, sourdough starter recipe
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Julie Clark

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 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 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 1/2 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

*Calorie count shown above is for the friendship bread starter only and measures the calories in anĀ entire cup. You use 1 cup of starter per two loaves of bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal