Last night I went the month meeting of our area’s version of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). It was our Christmas celebration and one of my friends at the table gave us all a container of Amish Friendship Bread Starter. YAY! I had starter going about a year ago, but with everything going, I forgot to feed it, so it died off. I now have a chance to redeem myself with this new batch.
Today is day one for the starter, for the next four days it will be stirred. On Friday I get to feed it a cup each of flour, milk and sugar. Then for 4 more days it is stirred. On Wednesday the 21st, I feed it again with flour, sugar and milk. Then I get to make the bread just in time for Christmas. I think I am going to feed it a mixture of whole wheat and white flours and eventually move it all to whole wheat.
I am also going to be selfish and not give any away this time. I may actually feed it double the next couple of times to build up the starter so I have enough to make 4 loaves for the family each time I make it.
Here is the recipe I use to make two loaves of the bread.
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1/2 whole wheat)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 (9×5 inch) loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, combine the ingredients. Mix well. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes and then remove from pan and finish cooling.
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome