Friendship Bread Starter

It’s getting close to the holidays, and I realized I did not have any “Friendship Bread Starter” in the freezer to begin baking.  So, today I created a triple batch of “starter”.  In ten (10) days, I will be ready to start baking, while I continue the starter for additional holidays gifts with recipes attached.

Here’s Day 1:

I usually have “starter” fermenting in the summer when the kitchen is warm.  Two (2) things for me to keep in mind.  This is the first time I am making starter from scratch and it is winter.  Since we own a 100+ yr – old house, complete with the gift of drafts, I made a “coat” by wrapping the base of the jar in a kitchen towel to help keep its warmth.

Some of you may be asking yourself … what is Friendship Bread Starter?

If you were to look up Amish Friendship Bread on Wikipedia, you’d find this: “Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared in a manner similar to a chain letter. The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads, shared with friends, or frozen for future use.”

Years ago, someone from my workplace gave me a gallon bag of starter with a recipe for continuing the tradition. At this time, internet was not readily available for researching additional uses and flavors of the variation of the recipe.  After providing everyone samples, I did not know what else to do with it. Since then I’ve learned the variation and uses is only limited by one’s imagination; and yes, it is possible to freeze in 1 cup portions for later uses and later starters.

I discovered such a variety of delicious sounding recipes using “Friendship Bread Starter” aka “Amish Friendship Bread” on Friendship Bread Kitchen Facebook page and website

My mouth is watering to try many of them, including Cranberry SconesCoconut Walnut Biscotti,  Irish Soda Bread, and Biscuits — ONLY to name a few. 🙂

Check out Friendship Bread Kitchen for ideas for you and your family.  There are variations for those who prefer sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, yeast free and vegan.

Starter recipe is also in Kitchen Love

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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14 Responses to Friendship Bread Starter

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  3. dani says:

    ooooh, yum! i’m going to have to try this! thanks for sharing and happy holidays! ♥


  4. fbkitchen says:

    Hi Becca!
    Thank you so much for being a friend of the Kitchen! We’ve enjoyed reading your Facebook post and your blog! Keep it up.

    Your friends at FBKitchen!


  5. Hi Becca…. I was fascinated with this bread… I havent come across it before .. And I bake much of my own Bread… thank you for the visual photos or I would have been lost… 🙂


    • becca givens says:

      Sue – this is a great bread … I’ve mostly used it as a Quick Bread, but discovered a site which provides so many variations … including biscuits, biscotti, pancakes, and sourdough! Look forward to trying … whatever I don’t use … I will stock in the freezer for later in the year (of 2012, that is!!) 🙂 It’s easy and forgiving!!


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  7. That is so interesting. Having eaten home made bread I can safely say that supermarket bread doesn’t even begin to come close to it. I bet it turns out delicious whatever you make. sometimes the old way are the best.


  8. phylor says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea — and providing links to gluten-free etc. versions. A poet and a baker — great combination!


  9. souldipper says:

    When I lived up North, near Yukon, a friend got his hands on some starter and invited a group of us for sour dough pancakes on a weekend. When we arrived, we discovered he had been called in to work an extra shift. We also discovered starter creeping all over his kitchen in the warmth of his cozy home. It popped the lid and grew like it was a newly freed monster! 😀


  10. Becca,
    I am now CONVINCED that you can do anything and everything incredibly WELL!!! Honestly, you are an impressive woman and I hope to be you in my next life, you are like Martha Stewart AND Emily Dickinson in ONE. So glad I have had the time to get to know you. Regards, Laurie F.


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