05/19/10, 12:31 PM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: near Abilene,TX
I have used the same recipe for years. Nanny's dear
friend Daisy brought it to us about 15 years ago. She
and Nanny were
the best of buddies. Daisy is now 99 and still
remains our dear, loving neighbor. She took care of
the whole family when we lost Nanny. She is what I
call a true Matriarch of Humanity, and so it
is with love that I share her recipe.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Instant Potato Flakes
Stir all in a quart jar, cover and let ferment
out of the refrigerator at least 48 hours.
Refrigerate. Night before baking, take it out
of the refrigerator. Take 1 cup of above starter
and put into a clean jar, add the following to it:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup Instant Potato Flakes
This is feeding the starter and will be for your
next batch. I leave it out all day and refrigerate it
Put the remainder of your original starter into
a large bowl and add:
3 cups water
1 cup oil (I use Canola)
3/4 cup sugar (I use only 1/2 as I don't like my
1 package dry yeast, dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
(I let it foam up before I put it in the batter,
make sure it is good.)
4 teaspoons salt
9 cups flour (You may need a little more, make
a stiff dough)
Pour onto a floured board and knead well.
Put into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise
until double in bulk. Knead lightly and make
into 4 loaves. Put into greased loaf pans,
cover with a dish towel, and let rise until
double. (I put mine in the oven and close the
door, the pilot light keeps it just right to rise high)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Cool on rack, brush the top with butter,
and remove from the pans.
To give someone a starter, feed, let out for 8 hours.
Give them 1 cup, use 1 cup starter and keep 1 cup
in the refrigerator. Then half the recipe and make
2 loaves of bread.
This also makes great Cinnamon Rolls
. You cannot fail with this recipe, as each time
you use the fresh packet of yeast. It is a very
good recipe. Happy Baking.
For fluffy pancakes, add 1/4 cup of starter to
your basic pancake mix. They rise so pretty
and are so good.