Many years ago, my grandmother gave me canister of gooey batter along with a recipe on how to make bread with it. The idea of something fermenting on my counter top didn’t sound very appealing, but luckily, she also gave me a loaf of bread she had made herself using the starter. It was delicious! I was sold.
If you like to give homemade goodies for the holidays, consider this tasty creation. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving! If you don’t have a glass jar with a lid on hand, this Anchor Hocking Jar would work perfectly!
If you’re going to give starter as a gift, tie a pretty bow around the jar, attach a bread recipe along with instructions on how to keep the starter going, whip up a loaf of bread, and you’re set! Without tasting a finished product, most people might be a little put off my receiving a jar of goopy dough.
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).
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