Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (can also use almond or soy milk)
  • 2¼ teaspoon active dry yeast (1 - 0.25 ounce package)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • An additional cup of sugar, flour and milk will be needed on day 5 and day 10.
  1. In a small bowl mix the yeast and water together. Let stand for 10 minutes. It should begin to bubble.
  2. Combine the sugar and flour in a container or bowl (use one with a cover) or a large plastic ziplock bag. Stir in the milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Place the cover loosely on the container. If using the ziplock bag you can close it but will need to let the air that builds up out as the bag fills. Leave the container or bag out at room temperature.
  3. Consider this day 1 of the 10 days that it will take to make the starter.
  4. Days 2 through 4: stir the starter with a spoon and cover again.
  5. Day 5: Stir in 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of milk.
  6. Day 5 through 9: Stir the starter and cover.
  7. Day 10: Stir in 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of milk.
  8. At this time you can remove up to 3 cups of starter. They may either be used in a recipe, stored in your refrigerator until needed or you can divide 1 cup into plastic bags and give the starter to friends and family. Those receiving a bag of starter would follow the directions beginning with day 2 (stir only).
*The amount of starter produced can be reduced by simply cutting back on the amount of sugar, flour and milk added on day 5 and 10. Add ½ cup of each instead of 1 cup and it will cut the amount of starter in half. *If you are lactose intolerant almond or soy milk can be substituted. *The starter will have a yeasty, alcohol like scent to it. If your starter should ever show signs of having any type of mold growth or start smelling sour it might have been contaiminated with something other than yeast. Toss it out. Better safe then sorry.
Recipe by Remake My Plate at