Amish Friendship Bread Starter


Make Amish friendship bread starter and share some with a friend! This delicious starter can make a variety of breads. Do not use metal containers or utensils.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 days 10 mins
Total Time:
10 days 40 mins
4 cups


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 3 cups white sugar, divided

  • 3 cups milk, divided


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar in a 2-quart container (glass, plastic, or ceramic); mix thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup milk and yeast mixture. Cover the container loosely and leave at room temperature until bubbly. This is day 1 of the 10-day process.

  3. Days 2 through 4: Stir starter with a spoon. Day 5: Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Days 6 through 9: Stir starter with a spoon.

  4. Day 10: Stir in remaining 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup starter to make your first bread. Give 2 cups starter to friends (1 cup each) along with this recipe and your favorite Amish bread recipe. Store remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator or begin the 10-day process over again (beginning with step 2).

Editor's Notes:

Once you have made the starter, you will consider it day 1, so you can ignore step 1 in this recipe and proceed with step 2. You can also freeze the starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

34 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 120
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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