Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Serves 4-7; 30 minutes active, 10 days inactive
1/4 cup warm water
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
Day 1: In a small bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and set aside until bubbly, 5-10 minutes. In a large non-metal bowl mix together flour and sugar, before stirring in the milk and yeast mixture.
Cover loosely and allow to stand at room temperature until bubbly. Pour into a one-gallon ziplock bag and seal. Allow sitting at room temperature.
Day 2: Mash the bag.
Day 3: Mash the bag.
Day 4: Mash the bag.
Day 5: Mash the bag.
Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mash the bag until well mixed.
Day 7: Mash the bag.
Day 8: Mash the bag.
Day 9: Mash the bag.
Day 10: Pour starter into a non-metal bowl and add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mix well with a non-metal spoon. Divide out 1 cup portions of the starter into separate 1-gallon ziplock bags. Keep one bag for yourself, and give the rest away to friends along with this recipe!
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