How-To Make Amish Friendship Bread with Starter

By on March 29, 2011

By: The Editors of

It’s time to get back to the basics. Amish recipes seem to be all the rage lately, or maybe they just never went out of style. They are more than just easy, Amish recipes are very budget friendly too, which makes these recipes an ideal collection for our difficult economic times. One of the most popular and recognizable Amish Recipes is Amish Friendship Bread. Though a little bit more complicated than most recipes found in the Amish collection, its concept of passing on the bread starter to friends is a charming and timeless ritual.

Check out this easy-to-follow Amish friendship bread and bread starter recipe below, along with another timeless bonus Amish recipe.

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Amazing Amish Friendship Bread

Cook Time: 50 min


(See below notes for Amish Bread Starter recipe)


  • 1 cup Amish friendship bread starter (see note section below for recipe)
  • 2 cups divided flour
  • 2 cups divided sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. On the first day of the process, do nothing to the 1 cup of starter dough. Leave it, covered, in a warm place.
  2. On days 2, 3 and 4, stir the starter with a wooden spoon (do not use a metal spoon).
  3. On the 5th day, add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk and stir.
  4. On days 6, 7, 8 and 9, stir only.
  5. On day 10, add 1 cup of this mixture into each of 2 containers and give, along with bread recipe, to friends.
  6. Keep 1 cup refrigerated until you are ready to start the next batch of bread.
  7. You should have 4 cup of starter left to make bread. To that add the oil, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, 2 cup flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Mix well and pour into greased and sugared loaf pans (whatever size and shape you wish).
  10. Bake 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  11. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans.

Makes 2 large loaves or 4 small loaves
Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe

Get started on your Amish friendship bread with this Amish Friendship Bread Starter. Follow these easy steps and be on your way to creating this timeless favorite.


  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 ounce package of yeast
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


Day 1:

  1. Sprinkle one tablespoon of the sugar over the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and let stand in warm place to double in size (approx. 10 minutes).
  2. Mix 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup flour and yeast mixture in a large plastic or glass container. Stir, using only a wooden spoon as metal objects retard the yeast’s natural growth. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly in room temperature overnight.
  3. This mixture doubles, even triples at times of vigorous rising.

Days 2 through 4:

  1. Loosely cover and try to stir starter each day with wooden spoon. Warning: yeast-type mould may begin to form on the surface after 48 hours if you don’t stir daily.

Day 5:

  1. On 5th stir in 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and stir well, cover up loosely.

Days 6 through 9:

  1. Stir well. Cover back up, loosely.

Day 10:

  1. Stir in 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  2. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe.
  3. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator (or freeze it) or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).

Bonus Recipe!

Shoo Fly Pie

There isn’t anything more classic than Shoo Fly Pie recipe. You’ll adore this recipe and be sure to add it to your collection of easy pie recipes.

Cooking Time: 50 min


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell in a well-greased pie plate


  1. Thoroughly combine boiling water, molasses, corn syrup, egg and baking soda. Let stand about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine next 6 ingredients and stir with fork until crumbly.
  4. Stir half the crumbs into molasses mixture. Spoon into pie shell. Cover with remaining crumbs.
  5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  6. Serve warm or let cool to room temperature.


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How-To Make Amish Friendship Bread with Starter