Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

Friendship Bread Starter

Some of you may remember doing a “Friendship Bread” years ago. I know I did it and passed it on and it was fun even though the idea of this stuff sitting on my counter bubbling away was strange to say the least. It is a nice throwback to days when we spent the time to bake and share with our friends, before we were all so busy with work, kids, school, life… If you’ve never tried this before give it a shot. It does take commitment so make sure you have the time to put into it. It takes 10 days for the ‘starter’ to be ready.

Friendship Bread – which is often called Amish Friendship Bread, is something that you can do with your friends or family members. In fact, it is a way to continue doing something for others, even if baking bread is something that not a lot of people do today. Giving bread and other gifts to your friends can show them what they mean to you, and Amish Friendship Bread is a great place to start. It melts in your mouth, and is something you’ll crave as you run out of it!


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup granulated sugar


2 cups flour, divided

2 cups milk, divided

2 cups granulated sugar, divided

Friendship Bread Starter


Place 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar into a large glass or plastic bowl/container with a lid and stir with a wooden spoon. You can use a ceramic crock also. If you use a bowl just cover with plastic wrap. (I used to use those 2 lb deli containers but any container that is glass, ceramic or plastic is fine. And yes for some reason you have to use a wooden spoon.)No metallic bowls or utensils!

DAY 2, 3, 4

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.


Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well.

DAY 6,7,8,9

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.

DAY 10

Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add remaining 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well. Remove 3 cups of the ‘starter’ and place each cup in a separate non-metal container. Give to three friends! There will be 2 cups of ‘starter’ left. One is to bake and the other is to keep and start again if you like! (You can bake both if you don’t want to start again!)

**Friendship Bread Recipe Coming Next Thursday!!**

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