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Today is Day One of the ABCs of Sourdough and Amish Friendship Bread. We are going to make brand new starters from scratch. Let’s start with the Sourdough Starter. The starter I made years and years ago was very basic. One cup flour and one cup water stirred together in a mason jar.

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Since my first starter, I have learned from several friends…that adding just a pinch of sugar helps the process. With our new starter, we will be trying this out.

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Stir it all together with a wooden spoon…. never, never use metal and put your jar into a corner on your counter top cover it with a dish cloth or towel. And  WAIT…

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Amish Friendship Bread has a few more ingredients. Http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com is a great source for all things Amish Friendship Bread. The recipe for the starter and bread are basically the same, no matter, what website you look at…but there is just so much more information on the Friendship Bread Kitchen website.

Ok, so the basic starter is 1 pkg dry yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. I like to make mine in a plastic bag, but there are other directions on making in a jar or bowl. Dissolve yeast and water in plastic bag and let stand 10 minutes.

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Add flour and sugar to bag and squeeze bag to mix. Slowly add milk and mix well. Squeeze air out of the bag and set aside on your counter next to the sourdough starter.

End of day one.

Wasn’t that easy. Now you have made your own starter to make delicious sourdough bread and goodies. You have also made one for Amish Friendship Bread and you have a resource for other great recipes. Plus you will have starter to share with your friends or to give as a Christmas present. In the days to come it will only get easier.  OK..so it is time for me to go and get my Christmas decorations out of the storage shed before the next snow storm comes in this afternoon. Have a Lovely Day and See you tomorrow.

Corra do anois (Bye for now)

Vintage Becky M