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Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Want to make Amish Friendship Bread but haven’t been given a starter from a friend? Check out this recipe to make your own Amish Friendship Bread starter.

Throughout my adult life I’ve been given Amish Friendship Bread starter several times. Most of the time I make it a few times and then get busy or annoyed and it ends up in the garbage. But I hadn’t had any in quite a while and decided to learn to make it for myself. Then I got to burden people with the dreaded starter.

Most of the time when I got the starter it was in a zip top bag. It would get gooey on the top, and I hated having it sit around on my counter. So I decided when I made it I was going to do it in a commercial food storage container. It made for easier mixing, no gooey mess and no zip top bag always getting in the way. 
It is helpful for me to have a schedule to hang on the inside of my cabinet to help me know what I need to do for each day. If that would help you, click on the below schedule for a printable version.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Amish Friendship Bread Starter


  • 1 pkg or 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 – 110 degrees)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Dissolve yeast in water and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a food storage container (not metal), mix flour and sugar.
  3. Stir in milk and dissolved yeast. Cover and leave at room temperature. This is day 1.

Days 2 – 4: stir with a spoon that isn’t metal.

Day 5: add 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup sugar. Mix well. 

Days 6 – 9: stir.

Day 10:

  1. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  2. Remove 1 cup and set aside to make bread with.
  3. Remove another 2 cups divided into 1 cup into food storage containers or the icky zip top bags. 
  4. And you will now start over with the 10 day cycle with day 10 also being day 1. 

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Here’s what the bread looks like when it’s all done!

A blog post will follow with a recipe to make the bread.  I also found a website with so many recipes that can be made with the starter.

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Friday 23rd of August 2013

Thanks for sharing!

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Friday 23rd of August 2013

Great post hopping over from The Blog Strut:)

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Wednesday 21st of August 2013

Pinning. Thanks for linking up with us at Wonderful Food Wednesday!

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