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How to Make Amish Friendship Bread Starter

There is nothing better than the delightful smell of fresh-baked bread. Get your friends and loved ones started on their way to making their kitchens smell like an old-fashioned bakery.


  • Step 1: Divide the mixture into plastic bags. Place 1 cup of the mixture into a bag to make bread for yourself, 2 cups into bags for friends, and 1 cup in a bag to place in the refrigerator for later.
  • Step 2: Add the remaining milk, sugar, and flour to the mixture on day 10. Stir to mix completely.
  • TIP: The reserved bag of starter will be used to mix a new batch later. Start the new batch using this reserved starter on day 2 of the cycle.
  • Step 3: Label each bag with a marker to keep track of which bag is which and get ready to bake.
  • FACT: When archaeologists excavated the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, buried in 79 CE by a volcanic eruption, they discovered an oven with preserved loaves of bread that were baking when the destruction began.
  • Step 4: Stir the mixture once each day on days 6, 7, 8, and 9. Recover and allow to sit.
  • Step 5: Uncover on day 5 and stir in 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup flour, and then re-cover.
  • TIP: Use a whisk and stir vigorously to ensure that the mixture is smooth.
  • Step 6: Mix the flour and sugar in another bowl until all lumps are gone. Add 1 cup milk and the dissolved yeast mixture. Stir thoroughly.
  • Step 7: Cover the liquid mixture with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature.
  • TIP: The friendship bread starter has a 10-day cycle. Consider the day you mix it day 1 of the cycle.
  • Step 8: Stir the mixture once a day on days 2, 3, and 4 of the cycle. Recover and allow it to sit at room temperature after each day.
  • Step 9: Pour the yeast into a small plastic, glass, or ceramic mixing bowl and add warm water to dissolve.

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