This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter batter that you will need to make Amish Friendship Bread. Adding a cup of starter batter, after it has maturedfor ten days, to any sweet bread recipe makes it yeasty and delicious. The texture of the resulting bread is unbelievable!
At the end of 10 days you will have 5 cups of starter batter, enough for 4 friends, along with a cup of extra batter for making 2 loaves of sweet bread for yourself. If you keep a bag of starter batter for yourself (and give the other 3 away), you will be making 2 loaves of sweet bread every 10 days. What a treat!
1. Make sure the Ziploc bag of starter batter is dated. This is Day 1 of 10 of the fermentation process. You may find it helpful to mark this date on your calendar as AFBS Day 1, along with AFBS Day 5 with a note to add ingredients to the bag, and AFBS Day 10 with a note to make bread.
2. Avoid using metal utensils or containers. It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when handling the starter batter.
3. Do not refrigerate the starter batter at any time during the ten days of fermentation. Leave it at room temperature so that it can mature.
6. Prior to Day 10, read through all the ingredients for making the bread of your choice and make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. It’s most annoying to have to go shopping on Day 10 because it’s going to be a busy day!
7. Make sure you have enough 1 gallon Ziploc bags on hand for dividing your starter batter. Even though there isn’t a lot of batter in there on Day 1, by Day 10 the 5 cups of starter batter pretty much fills up a 1 gallon Ziploc bag.
8. It is possible to freeze the starter batter. When you’re ready to start the 10 Day Regimen, mark the date and day (1 or 2 or 3…) on the bag and make sure to mark the new dates for Day 1, Day 5 and Day 10 on your calendar.
The 10 Day Regimen
Release all the air from the bag and make sure to zip up the bag.