Amish Friendship Bread (and being an outcast) part II
Last year, Mrs. Pile smiles sweetly as she hands me a gallon bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter. She informs me that the bread is delicious and I will love it. It sounds like a great idea, so I gladly take the bag and the sheet of instructions that go with it.
If you missed it here is the post.
Dutifully, I mush the bag daily, and on the sixth day feed my starter the recommended amount of flour, sugar, and milk. I continue on, caring daily for my starter, and on day ten am rewarded with two delicious loaves of bread and four bags of starter.
My family love the bread and my friends take the starter. It is Amish Bread bliss after all.
Ten days later I have two loaves of bread. The family still love them, but what to do with four more starters? I make a double batch of muffins, but my friends cant eat that every day.
At this point, I pass the starter on to more of my friends (yes, I have more than four friends) who now also have four bags of starter to deal with. Soon everyone is sick of dealing with Amish Bread starter and the mere mention of it sends people running away. (I am currently an outcast.) Yet, my family is asking when the next loaves will be ready. What to do?
It is simple, I took control of my Amish Friendship Bread.
Despite what the instructions say, my dough will survive if it is not mushed everyday. It will survive if I don’t feed it on day six or bake it on day ten. It really isn’t that fragile. The first thing I did was put the Amish Friendship Bread on a diet.
Hey these are lean times and we all need to slim down. Why not my starter? Simply cut the food in half when you feed it on day six (or whatever day you get it fed) and day ten (or there abouts) before baking. This will create enough starter for me to take out one cup to keep as starter and to bake 1 and 1/2 of the original recipe. So, to put it in instructional form:
Day 1: Do nothing.
Day 2: Mush the bag.
Day 3: Mush the bag.
Day 4: Mush the bag.
Day 5: Mush the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of milk. Mush the bag.
Day 7: Mush the bag.
Day 8: Mush the bag.
Day 9: Mush the bag.
Add 3/4 cup of milk, flour and sugar. Mix well. Remove 1 cup of the batter into a new bag.
Use the rest for a loaf, muffins or whatever you desire.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN FREEZE THE STARTER? I DID. MY STARTER IS 2 YEARS OLD. I WILL GIVE AND MAKE THE STARTER FOR CHRISTMAS AND MONTHS AFTER. I THEN STORE IT IN THE FREEZER AND THAW IT OUT FOR A DAY BEFORE I USE IT AGAIN.