Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe Plus Printable Instructions for Baking & Sharing by Donna John

Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe Plus Printable Instructions for Baking & Sharing

A friend gave me an Amish friendship bread starter years ago – and I cannot tell you how many loaves of this sweet bread were baked at my house. It's time to start this tradition again! Here's how to make an Amish friendship bread starter, tips for caring for the starter and the easy recipe. Print out several copies of the directions below and get ready for some delicious fun.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine the yeast and water in a bowl. Stir and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a plastic zipper bag, combine the flour and sugar. Mix well. 
  3. Add the milk and yeast mixture. Seal the bag and squish around to thoroughly combine. 
  4. Leave the bag out on your counter and consider this Day 1 of the Amish friendship bread's 10-day cycle. 

Amish Friendship Bread Cycle

Day 1: Do nothing.

Day 2: Mush the bag.

Day 3: Mush the bag.

Day 4: Mush the bag.

Day 5: Mush the bag.

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

Day 7: Mush the bag.

Day 8: Mush the bag. Read the directions for Day 10 to be sure you have all the ingredients on hand. 

Day 9: Mush the bag. The batter will start to smell sour by now. Do not worry, it is supposed to.

Day 10: Follow the directions to make Amish friendship bread.

Amish Friendship Bread Tips

  • Always leave the starter at room temperature.
  • Do not use metal utensils or bowls.
  • If the plastic zipper bag puffs up with air, open it and release the air carefully. 

Here's the original printout I was given when my friend gave me my first Amish friendship bread starter. As you can tell, it's been well used. You can print this out or type up your own.

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Donna John
Candy Stephens , remember this? Get ready, about to start it back up again. :-)
I so remember this! 💗
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I did this with my kids when they were little! I am going to get one going again, and give some to my kids to start their own. Thanks, Donna John !
What a fun idea. 🙏🏼

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