How to make the sourdough starter

This starter is not only for the Amish Friendship Bread, but can also be used for other yeasted baked goods. In a small glass bowl, add ¼ cup warm water with 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast. Allow the mixture to dissolve for about 10 minutes.

In another large glass bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 cup sugar. Add 1 cup milk and the yeast mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the mixture to stand until it becomes frothy. Once this happens, pour the mixture into a large Ziploc bag and seal properly. Let this mixture sit at room temperature. This is Day 1 of the starter.

For Days 2 to 5, gently mash the mixture once a day. On Day 6, add 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk. Mash again to mix well.

For Days 7 to 9, gently mash the mixture again once a day. On Day 10, pour the sourdough mixture in a non-metal bowl. Add ½ cup each of flour, sugar, and milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Divide the mixture into 1-cup portions, placing each portion in a separate Ziploc bag. Keep one bag for yourself, and share the rest with your friends, adding instructions. The cycle now starts over, and your single-cup sourdough starter begins at Day 1 again.

Recipe to make Amish Friendship Bread (using your starter)

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup sourdough starter, 3 eggs, 1 cup oil, ½ cup milk, 1 cup sugar, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp baking soda, 2 cups flour, 2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding mix, 1 cup raisins (optional), and 1 cup chopped nuts (optional). Mix well and pour batter into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for one hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.

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