Amish Friendship Bread Starter

1 (0.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° F/45° C)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes.
In a 2-quart glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork.
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. For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions for Amish Friendship Bread.

Go ahead and store the starter at room temperature. You can keep it in a glass, ceramic or plastic bowl. Cover it loosely with cheese cloth, plastic wrap or even a clean kitchen towel. **Do not use a metal bowl or metal utensils to stir it with.** When I received my starter from my neighbor, she have it to me in a gallon sized plastic baggie, which is fine!! If it builds up gas, just burp the bag 🙂

Once you make this recipe of starter it should give you at least 4 cups of starter. With this batch of starter, it will give you one cup to bake with and then you can separate the remaining starter into baggies in 1 cup servings. You can give each of the baggies to friends (save one for yourself for your next batch of starter) or freeze for later use. Make sure you date the bags you are using or giving to friends with the days date. This is day one on the direction sheet. For the ones you freeze, Day 1 is the day it is removed from the freezer.


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