If you like to give homemade goodies for the holidays, consider this tasty creation. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving! I bought a nice glass canister for about $10 at my local Home Goods store. If you’re going to give starter as a gift, you could simply tie a pretty bow around the jar, include a recipe or 2, along with instructions on how to keep the starter going, whip up a loaf of bread, and you’re set!
My starter is on day 3. I will post more pics when I have a finished product! If you try this out, tell me how you like it or if you have any favorite recipes using this starter, please share. If you live near me, let me know if you want some. I will probably have more than I know what to do with! lol Happy baking!
Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
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
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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).