The other day I was looking through my past emails when I came across an email I had sent my stepmother with the recipe for the starter for Amish Friendship Bread. I realized I hadn’t made any in years and years! If you aren’t familiar, Amish Friendship Bread is a sweet bread that you make off a sourdough starter. The starter is “fed” and kept for ten days, then divided into four portions, three of which you can gift to friends and one you use to bake the most heavenly cinnamon sugared bread!
When I was newly married I would receive a starter a couple of times a year and always enjoyed it. Sometimes, though, you want to make this delicious bread and you need to create your own starter if no one you know has some on hand. This was the position I was in just before Thanksgiving and since I was whipping it up I decided to share the starter recipe with you all along with a printable instruction and recipe sheet you can use to gift it to friends and family. It’s perfect for the upcoming holidays as well!
Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Amish Friendship Bread is the perfect recipe to share with friends. Now you can make your own with this starter recipe along with a free printable for gifting starter to others!
1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water and allow to sit ten minutes (mixture will turn frothy.)
In another nonmetal bowl combine flour and sugar and mix well. Slowly stir in milk, then yeast mixture. Allow to sit until bubbly then add to a gallon plastic bag and follow the instructions on the printable.
When I gifted this set of starter I rolled the plastic bags and put them in standard sized mason jars (with these cute red tops!) It’s important your starter doesn’t touch metal because of the chemical reaction it will cause so don’t gift in the jar without using the plastic bag!
Click here to print your recipe and instructions. I printed mine on 80lb cardstock for durability but you can easily print on standard paper as well. You could also laminate it too!
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