White Bread from Amish Starter Recipe

White Bread from Amish Starter Recipe

by Diane

Is it possible to substitute the Amish friendship bread starter to use when making regular white bread?

Could you use it to replace the yeast? In other words, instead of making a sweet bread from the starter, can you make a regular loaf of bread?


You can make white bread from the Amish starter recipe for Amish Friendship Bread but it will still be a sweet bread because of the amount of sugar used in the starter recipe as well as the recipe below for white bread based on the starter recipe.

I suggest you experiment with the amount of sugar given in this recipe. This is not a recipe I have tried yet, so you will be the guinea pig, I'm afraid! :) Just by looking at it I would make it with just half the amount of sugar. But then that is just my opinion.

You may end up being able to reduce it to 1/2 cup or eliminate it altogether and get the bread you were hoping for. However, I have an idea that the large amount of sugar is there because it is needed to feed on the yeast from the starter to kick start the rising process.

All I can say is, make it and let us know how it went! Sorry, but this time, this is the best I can do.

Here's the recipe for a sweet white bread using the Amish Starter.


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cups warm water


Lightly oil a large bowl. Add the first 5 ingredients into the bowl, mix together quickly and then add the water.

Mix thoroughly and cover with plastic wrap and leave to stand for 12 hours at room temperature.

After the 12 hours has passed grease 3 loaf pans and dust with flour.

Punch down several times and divide dough into 3. Knead slightly and then with your hand flatten into a shape to be slightly larger than width of tins. Tuck the longer sides under each other.

Put dough into tins and brush tops lightly with oil and leave to stand for several hours until bread reaches top of tins. This could take 5 hours or more.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 30 minutes until brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

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