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I LOVED the different kinds of breads that I made with this super easy and fun way to make baked goods!I can’t wait to get Miss Sarah involved with it either. She can measure things when we “feed it” and stir it by squishing the baggie. This can give you a loaf or two of killer bread, or coffee cake every 10 days…
Amish Friendship Bread Starter:
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart 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 dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a plate or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
Then, I like to put it into a 1 gallon zippy bag: Just squish it all together to mix it – this is fun for little people to do, just make sure that the baggie is closed.
That’s it! Leave alone on counter for 2-5 days…then you start to “feed” it.
Day 6: mix it by squishing the baggie
Day 7: Feed it 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk, then mix by squishing.
Day 8and 9: mix (stir or squish)
Day 10: Feed it 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk. Today is the day you can take out 1 cup of starter for baking and give 1 cup to a friend (with the instructions below) OR freeze it for when you want to make another loaf.
Take what is left and you are back on Day 1.
Here is what you give, if you gift a friend with a starter:
*Do Not use a metal spoon or a metal bowl for mixing.
*Do Not refrigerate.
*When air forms in bag and its puffy, let out and reseal. It is normal for batter to raise, bubble and ferment.
Day 1 This is the day you receive your batter…DO Nothing!
Day 2 Mush the bag
Day 3 Mush the bag
Day 4 Mush the bag
Day 5 Mush the bag
Day 6 Feed it by adding into the bag-1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mix together by squeezing the bag.
Day 7 Mush the bag
Day 8 Mush the bag
Day 9 Mush the bag
Day 10 Combine in a large bowl: Batter from the bag 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir and pour four, 1 cup starters into ziplock bags. Keep one for yourself (it’s your new starter) and give the other three to friends with these instructions.
To the remaining batter in a non-metal bowl add and mix well:
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 large box vanilla instant pudding (dry powder from the box, no milk added)
Preheat oven to 325.
Grease and generously sugar (I used 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon) two large loaf pans or one large bundt pan. (It also makes four mini loaves or 2 small bundt pans). Pour batter into pan and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top. Bake one hour. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan. **you could add 1 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc. It’s fun to play with!
I promise, I will share different recipes for these as we make them!