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Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
This is a recipe for a fresh friendship bread starter. A brand new starter is also called the mother bread.
It is an untrue rumor that you cannot make your own starter. I find it so humorous when somebody tells me that only the Amish know how to make a friendship bread starter because I’m not Amish yet I know how to create a friendship bread starter. Not only that, but I am creating a shippable powdered version, too, because I’m rad like that.
Friendship bread is actually less of a bread and more of a cake and is a true starter bread. It is passed around like a chain letter, only you get to eat it. And there are no threats. And you don’t have to send anybody any money (unless you want to).
So I guess it isn’t very much like a chain letter at all.
Here is the low-low in case you’re a bit confused.
First, somebody gives you a starter recipe, or you create one yourself (see the recipe below). After you have completed the ten day recipe you’ll end up with two loaves of bread and 4 more starters and you’ll wonder what on earth you’re supposed to do with all this yeasty goodness so you keep one starter for yourself and give 3 away to friends (including the directions found here) or you can freeze your starters until you find more people to give them to, and you may want to do this because the whole thing can get out of control so easily and you might find yourself with 735 loaves of bread to bake and only one oven. Also, throwing out a starter feels very wrong for some reason. I don’t know why.
What I like to do on day ten is cook 4 loaves of bread and give three loaves away to my neighbors, along with a starter. Then I will make a new starter and begin the process all over again. Every ten to 14 days I am able to surprise another neighbor with a loaf of yummy cake-y bread and directions to make their own. It’s a win-win.
My sister actually gave me a starter this time around and that got me to jump into my friendship bread baking again. If you haven’t been given a starter don’t fret because it’s easy to make yourself and I’ve got the recipe here just for you.
- 2 Tablespoons (one package) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water. Not hot.
- 1 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cups white sugar
- 1 cups milk
- In a small bowl dissolve your yeast in warm water and let that sit for about 10 minutes.
- Combine the flour and sugar, mixing well.
- Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover and leave it alone.
This is day one of the ten day friendship bread cycle. You can find the rest of the recipe here so you know how to proceed. It involved mushing and sugar and all kinds of yummy deliciousness.
Here are some tips:
- Putting the starter in a Ziploc bag makes the whole process easier in my opinion. It also makes giving away baby starters so much easier.
- Do not use metal spoons or bowls when making Friendship Bread.
- Do not refrigerate
- If you’re using a Ziploc bag it is going to fill with air so just open it and let the air out whenever you go to mush it each day.
- Don’t flip out if you forget about it for a few days. Your starter is probably still good as long as it hasn’t turned pink. A pink starter should be tossed out.
Ask me if you have any questions. Just leave a comment or email me.