Amish Friendship Bread Starter

18 January 2014 | By

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread Starter –
A New Tradition

This is a delicious bread, and one that can delight you and your friends by starting a tradition of sharing the starter recipe with one friend and that friend can then share it with another friend and the chain just keeps going. It was shared with me by a friend and I hope you take it and begin a new year of sharing.





Starter Bread Recipe and Instructions:

1 package active dry yeast

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar


Dissolve yeast in small amount of warm water.  Mix  all ingredients together in a large bowl or large jar or gallon freezer bag..  This is Day One.

Day 2, 3, 4 Stir starter with a wooden spoon or Mush the bag

Day 5 Stir with wooden spoon or Mush the bag

Day 6 Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup flour to the bag

Day 7 Mush the bag

Day 8 Mush the bag

Day 9 Mush the bag

Day 10 Add 1 1/2  cups each flour, sugar, milk  and the ingredients from the starter bag. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon.  Pour 4 (1) cup starters into 1 gallon zip lock bags.  Keep one bag for yourself and give the other three to friends with these instructions.

To the batter add the following and mix well.

1 cup oil

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 large 5 oz box instant vanilla pudding

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Baking Instructions:  Grease 2 large loaf pans.  Mix additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1 /2 tsp. cinnamon.  Sprinkle 1/2 the cinnamon mixture into greased pans.  Pour batter into pans.  Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over  the batter.  Bake 325 for 1 hour. Cool until bread is loosend from pan sides and remove and serve.


When giving starter away, fill containers half full and provide some ventilation (small hole in top of jar). This allows gases to escape from the fermenting dough.  Store remaining starter in refrigerator in a container and begin the 10 day process over again when you are ready to share again.  The starter can be frozen (1 cup each)  Allow at least 3 hours to come to room temperature to thaw before using.

Join the Conversation