This is a basic recipe for Amish Friendship Bread, There are many variations but this one is from the novel Friendship Bread and has been tested and it definitely works. If you follow this recipe you will be left with a bag of starter, you can gift it or bake it its up to you how you choose to use it. If you do gift it though don’t forget to include clear instruction on what to with it.


1. package active dry yeast

2. 1/4 cup room temperature water ( it has to be warm not hot)

3. 1 cup all purpose flour

4. 1 cup white sugar

5. 1 cup milk


1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand ten minutes. 

2. In a glass, ceramic or plastic container combine flour and sugar. Mix throughly (do not use metal containers, bowls or utensils) 

3. Slowly add milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. This is day one of the ten day cycle. 

4. For the next ten days care for the starter according to the directions for Amish Friendship Bread. 

(please note this is the recipe for the starter, this is to get the process started the instructions on how to bake the bread are in the recipe for baking the friendship bread) 

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