Amish Friendship Bread Starter
I have used sourdough starter for years to make rolls and breads but a couple of years ago a friend, Shana, gave me a sweet starter. This Amish Friendship Bread starter has a sweet taste and can be used to make cakes, muffins, breads, pancakes and waffles. She also gave me the directions to take care of the starter and how to make the bread.Basically on each day you do something with the starter to take care of it and on day ten you make the Amish Friendship Bread. My word, that was the best cake I have ever eaten, and I know my sweets! Also, on day ten you give part of the starter to three friends so that they can make their own Amish Friendship Bread and then you begin the process of taking care of your starter again for ten days and on day ten you make your bread and find three more friends to share the starter with. When I started doing this I loved it especially sharing with my friends but I realized I don’t have that many friends. I ran out of friends before I ran out of starter plus I had to remember to do something every day to the starter such as stirring it and feeding it. There had to be an easier way. I experimented and I found an easier way.
First, let me tell you how I made a sweet starter.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached preferred)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
Mix the flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Next, add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon until blended well. Pour into a plastic container and cover loosely with a lid. Let it sit on the kitchen counter for at least 36 hours.
After 36 hours, add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of milk to the starter. Combine well with a wooden spoon. Cover container loosely and let sit for another 24 hours.
After 24 hours you can begin to use it in recipes. After using the starter in a recipe you will need to replenish it and then store the starter in your fridge. The replenishing directions are below. When you are ready to use it again, take your starter out of the fridge, give it a stir with a wooden spoon, and let it come to room temperature before using.
Replenishing the starter is very easy to do. Let’s say that you used 2 cups of the starter in making a cake. You will need to replace the amount you took out. The amount you put back in would be 1 cup flour, 1cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk. If you instead only used 1 cup of the starter then you would replenish it with ½ cup flour, ½ cup sugar, and ½ cup milk. Make sure to stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon and let the starter sit out for a few hours and then place into the fridge until you need the starter for another recipe.
This sweet starter makes delicious cakes, breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles. I no longer bake cakes using other recipes. This is the secret ingredient to making a good moist delicious cake. I will include some recipes that will use this starter.