Friendship Bread Starter is what is used to make Amish Friendship Bread. It's called Friendship Bread Starter because it's typically divided among friends.
Note: Please don’t confuse this starter with a Sourdough Bread Starter, which uses very little sugar. This recipe is used as the base for sweet or quick bread loaves, not a Sourdough Loaf Bread.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 ounce envelope active dry yeast (apprx. 2-1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F.)
- Four 1 gallon-sized resealable plastic bags
- In a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup water. Heat the water in the microwave to 110 degrees F or if your tap water gets to that temperature use it instead.
- Add the yeast. Allow the yeast to dissolve. This takes about 10 minutes. With a plastic spoon, stir the yeast until it dissolves. Set the measuring cup aside.
- In a large non-metal bowl, combine sugar and flour with a non-wire whisk. Slowly add the milk and the dissolved yeast. Stir the mixture until it is combined.
- Place 3/4 cup of the starter in each of the plastic bags. (The excess will go into the bag you're keeping.) Give the other 3 bags to friends with a copy of these instructions.
- Important: for the fermentation process to be successful, it must not be in contact with any metal spoons or bowls. This will greatly deter the process.