I got a friendship bread starter from a friend (imagine that). I made the bread and it was very very good- a sweet bread, almost cake-like. I would like to have given everyone is blog-land a starter, but that really isn't feasible, so instead, I will tell you how to make your own starter, and share it with others around. Exciting and friendly, right? Or you can horde all the bread for yourselves. Whatever floats your boat.
- 1/3 C flour
- 1/3 C sugar
- 1/3 C milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast (I am not totally sure on this. But I think it should work.)
- Mix all ingredients, set out on counter and stir daily for four days. It should be foamy like this.
- After you have your starter, add 1 C flour, 1 C sugar, and 1 C milk. Stir daily for four more (or so) days. It should be foamy again.
- On the 10th day you will make the bread and make the starters for others. If you want to make starters for your friends, stir 1 C flour, 1 C sugar and 1 C milk to your starter again. Then take three plastic containers and place one cup of starter in each container. Print off these instructions and share the love. If you don't want to share, just skip the extra three cup and move on.
- To what remains of your starter (about one cup) add 1 C oil, 1/2 C milk, 3 eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla. Then add 2 C flour, 1 C sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and (optional) 1 C nuts.
- Grease and sugar (sugar! I know!) two bread pans. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325 for one hour.
(P.S. Don't use metal spoons or bowls with this- you will kill the yeast.)
(P.P.S. We had a great weekend- I will hopefully post pictures later. It was very lovely- Kate is one lucky girl!)