Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Haven’t received a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter but want to make the bread? Here’s the recipe for starting your starter from scratch.


  • .25 ounce active dry yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup warm water 110° F/45° C
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • In a 2-quart glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork.
  • Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture.
  • Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the 10-day cycle. For the next 10 days, handle starter according to the instructions.

Before starting:
* Write the daily directions below on a gallon-size Ziploc Bag.
* Do not use metal containers or utensils. (Sourdough is acidic and can dissolve metal. Use ceramic, glass or plastic only.)
* It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment. If the bag has air in it, simply let the air out and seal the bag again.
* Store the starter at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Day 1: Do nothing.
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 flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Mash the bag.
Day 7: Mash the bag.
Day 8: Mash the bag.
Day 9: Mash the bag.
Day 10: Pour the starter into a non-metal bowl. Add ½ cup flour, ½ cup sugar, and ½ cup milk.

* Mix well and then measure out 4-5 separate starters of 1 cup each into gallon Ziploc bags.
* Keep one bag for yourself and give 3 or 4 to friends along with a copy of this recipe.