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Ten Days ago my friend gave me a ziploc bag filled with some batter along with an instruction sheet. She told me that I was to keep mashing the bag, add some ingredients and then make bread. I told her if she was my true friend she would just make me the bread (just kidding)! My sweet friend told me it would be a great thing to blog about——–now I was on board. My husband and I cared for our batter everyday and yesterday was the BIG day, I made the bread. It was really delicious and now I have my bags of batter ready to go to three very special friends!
So I began writing out the recipe and instructions and then realized this does all of you absolutely no good—-you don’t have a starter. But lucky for all of you adventurous bakers a quick google search led me to many recipes for the starter. I have not tried this but they all looked the same.
It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this—no metal.
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110°F)
1. In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and the dissolved yeast mixture. Cover the mixture loosely with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter. I would put this mixture in a ziploc bag so I could continue on with the recipe.
For the next 10 days use the starter according to the instructions.
Allrecipes has another Amish Friendship Bread Starter recipe with tips about freezing the starter.
Here is the recipe and instructions on how to use the starter
There are many variations to make Pumpkin Bread, Strawberry Bread, Carrot………..
If you have a favorite or tips about making this bread please leave a comment!