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Amish Friendship Bread Starter


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


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water and let stand 10 minutes.

In a 2 quart glass, plastic or ceramic container (no metal). 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 at room temperature until bubbly.

Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle.

On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a wooden (no metal) spoon.

Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.

Days 6 thru 9; stir only.

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).

Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One, and thus ignore step 1 in this recipe and proceed with step 2.

You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use.

Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before making your bread.