One of my most popular posts was my Amish Friendship Bread Coming Out of my Ears post . I still get many hits a week mostly from desperate people, I would imagine, who have starter sitting on their kitchen counter, multiplying like Trebles on Star Trek. I imagine this, because I was one of them a couple of years ago. Instead of sharing with my friends who were Amish Friendship breaded out, I kept the babies and tried raising them myself . It wasn’t pretty! There were plastic bags everywhere. So after making several very tasty bread combinations including this Almond Joy variety
I followed some online advice to freeze my babies. Sort of like how they did Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back.
I was really a bit skeptical that I wasn’t in fact killing my bubbly little starters mainly because my freezer is a scary deep dark place and I was afraid I would lose track of them. Those little starters were brave little troopers and hung on though.
It did in fact take me 2 years to rediscover them. Thanks in part to a gal named Darien who contacted me recently to ask if she could use my pictures & recipes on her website which promotes her new book that has an Amish Friendship Bread theme. There are a lot of variations in the recipe section on her site for those of you looking for ways to use your starter. I’m not getting anything for promoting her, but she was really a sweetheart and I like the idea of her book & website. She has a really active Facebook page as well where people have been sharing lots of variations.
So I had a renewed interest and decided to test out the theory that my babies could be awakened from their slumber. I pulled one bag out and pretended it was Day 1 in the 10 day cycle and all proceeded as it should. It was alive! I made the recipe that comes with the instructions which is a very yummy moist cinnamon one and to be different..which of course I am…I found a couple of recipes for scones and tweaked them a bit for what I had on hand. A new version is born! Date and Pecan Amish Friendship Bread Scones!
Date and Pecan Amish Friendship Bread Scones
2 cups starter (after following Day 10 instructions)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour (or more if sticky)
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup pecans
Sift flour, salt, and soda together into a large bowl. Mix starter with oil, and stir into the sifted ingredients. Form into rounded ball and flatten to about an inch and a half then cut into 8 triangles. Bake on cookie sheet at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through in the middle.
* I ate one warm, then another the next day toasted with a little cream cheese spread on. Both were very yum!
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