Herman Starter -- for Amish Friendship Bread

Total Time
240hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 240 hrs

The starters I found here aren't the same as mine, and I keep losing it, so I'm putting it here for easy reference

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
  2. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar.
  4. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added.
  5. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture.
  6. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly.
  7. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle.
  8. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
  9. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon.
  10. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  11. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
  12. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
  13. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe.
  14. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).
Most Helpful

I have never made this myself, but I have literally been looking for this recipe for YEARS!!! My grandmother used to make Herman cake when I was a little kid, and I used to have such fun helping her to "feed Herman" and "stir Herman". Unfortunately, after she passed away in 1989, my grandfather got rid of a lot of stuff that he thought was junk, and her handwritten recipe for "Sourdough Herman" (as she called it) was one casualty of his housecleaning. Thank you for posting!

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This was always in my recipe file as Herman the German Coffeecake. When I share the starter with friends, I always include information on the care and feeding of Herman. It makes the best coffeecake ever! At one time I had a recipe using the starter in chocolate cookies. If anyone has the cookie recipe, please post it.

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Been looking for this!!!!!