July 2nd 2013 -
I’ve been reading a lovely book called Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, based around baking Amish Friendship Bread and how it brings people together. So I was inspired to try it. I made my own starter using a recipe in the back of the book, and for 10 days of carefully tended to my starter. Rather than keeping it in the usual bag, I bought a plastic container to keep the starter in so it was easy to give it a shake daily.
After the 10 days, I decided to start with the basic bread loaves, so followed the recipe (also in the book) to create two wonderful smelling loaves.
The hardest part of this was waiting the 10 days for the starter to be ready, but now it is I can bake more often. This is a sweet sourdough, and so can be treated as such, being used and fed. And if you want to give it away then it can be fed more. I was able to give away some of my starter today – some bread, some starter, and my instructions (download here: Amish Friendship Bread).
You can also check out www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com for the recipes, for over 250 other recipes that you can use your starter for, and for a community based around this amazing food. Oh, and if you want a starter, then let me know…I’ve got one that is looking beautiful!