It’s getting close to the holidays, and I realized I did not have any “Friendship Bread Starter” in the freezer to begin baking. So, today I created a triple batch of “starter”. In ten (10) days, I will be ready to start baking, while I continue the starter for additional holidays gifts with recipes attached.
Here’s Day 1:
I usually have “starter” fermenting in the summer when the kitchen is warm. Two (2) things for me to keep in mind. This is the first time I am making starter from scratch and it is winter. Since we own a 100+ yr – old house, complete with the gift of drafts, I made a “coat” by wrapping the base of the jar in a kitchen towel to help keep its warmth.
Some of you may be asking yourself … what is Friendship Bread Starter?
If you were to look up Amish Friendship Bread on Wikipedia, you’d find this: “Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared in a manner similar to a chain letter. The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads, shared with friends, or frozen for future use.”
Years ago, someone from my workplace gave me a gallon bag of starter with a recipe for continuing the tradition. At this time, internet was not readily available for researching additional uses and flavors of the variation of the recipe. After providing everyone samples, I did not know what else to do with it. Since then I’ve learned the variation and uses is only limited by one’s imagination; and yes, it is possible to freeze in 1 cup portions for later uses and later starters.
Check out Friendship Bread Kitchen for ideas for you and your family. There are variations for those who prefer sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, yeast free and vegan.
Starter recipe is also in Kitchen Love
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