Thursday, August 13, 2015

Amish Recipe Series... Amish Friendship Starter

While passing through Amish country in the Missouri Ozarks last spring, we visited a tiny Amish community store... as we were leaving the little store, a horse and carriage were parked in the driveway (a lady had come into the store to shop) and Mr. G spotted a baby sleeping in the back of the buggy... I really REALLY wanted to snap a picture of that sweet, sleeping child but Mr. G reminded me to be respectful of the Amish wishes of not being photographed, so I contented myself with soaking all the views in and remembering.

Today's recipe is not a canning recipe again, but a bread starter. Enjoy!

Amish Friendship Starter
found on baconinmypocket.blogspot

Here is the starter recipe. In a GLASS or PLASTIC bowl (this step is VERY important. You don't want to use anything metal when mixing this recipe up which also means mix with a plastic spoon, rubber spatula, or my favorite a silicone whisk) mix: 

1 package active dry yeast 
1 cup milk 
1 cup flour 
1 cup sugar 

Pour into a large plastic zip top baggie and label with the date. Place it on your counter- don't worry it will be ok! You've completed day one! 

Day 1: Do Nothing. 

Day 2: Mush the bag and let the air out 

Day 3: Mush the bag and let the air out 

Day 4: Mush the bag and let the air out 

Day 5: Mush the bag and let the air out

Day 6: Add to the bag 
1 Cup flour, 
1 cup sugar and 
1 cup milk. 
I mix these up in a bowl again (remember NO METAL!) and I have Mr. Bacon help me pour it into the baggie. You don't need a second set of hands, but it does help! Mush the bag and let the air out.

Day 7: Mush the bag and let the air out 

Day 8: Mush the bag and let the air out 

Day 9: Mush the bag and let the air out

Day 10: Mix and divide starter as follows. 
Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non metal bowl. Add 
1-1/2 Cups Flour, 
1-1/2 Cups Sugar, and 
1-1/2 Cups Milk 

and mix well. 

If you'd like to share the starters with friends, measure 1 Cup Batter into 4 gallon size zip lock bags. Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of the recipe. You will end up with 5 batches of bread (4 bags and 1 in the bowl) Since I make the whole batch for myself, I skip this step. Now you are ready to add the rest of the ingredients and bake the bread! One thing I love about this recipe is that there are so many ways you can make it. Today I made Regular (vanilla), Pumpkin spice, Chocolate peanut butter & lemon poppy seed. I can't wait for breakfast tomorrow!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! I haven't had a copy of this for many years and have missed making the bread! I'll be in the kitchen for a bit now.... ;)

  2. this may be a dumb question, but.... so you do, step 1 thru 10, then put one cup into four baggies...ok you lost skip that step... now ready to add the rest of ingredients and bake bread ! ( what, rest of ingredients???) I don't see any other ingredients listed!

    1. never mind I found the link to other ingredients... LOL

  3. Could this potentially work with almond milk and gluten free flour substitutes?

  4. Could this potentially work with almond milk and gluten free flour substitutes?


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