Friendship bread starter is commonly labeled as "Amish" however no records exist saying it actually started with the Amish - no matter the case, its a deliciously sweet sourdough batter starter and can be used in a ton of different quick-bread recipes. I like the 'original' but my family loves the zucchini-chocolate chip. Enjoy!
1In a small bowl, temper the yeast with the warm water and a pinch of sugar until it blossoms- about 10 mins.
2Put yeast mixture into an approx. 1 1/2 quart glass or ceramic bowl, jar or jug. (Do NOT use metal it affects the outcome of your starter)
3Stir the sugar into the yeast mixture, followed by the milk and then finally the flour. Stir until all flour pockets are gone. Batter will be lumpy and thick. Cover loosely with a papertowel and let sit for at least 12 hrs. This is considered day 1.
4After 12 hrs, u may either refrigerate the starter or continue to leave it out. Care of the starter is listed below.
5On days 2 thru 4 - stir starter with a wooden spoon. (ALWAYS use a wooden spoon to stir with)
Day 5 - stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup room temperature milk.
Days 6 thru 9 - stir only.
Day 10 - stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup room temperature milk. Remove 1 cup starter and set aside to continue on with your starter. Put 1 cup each into 2 plastic bags and give to 2 of your friends along with this recipe and your favorite Friendship Bread recipe. (You can use the extra to bake with ..or u can discard the extra..when u run out of friends to give starter to, u can also freeze it in 1 cup increments to bake with at a future time) Using the reserved starter u put aside for yourself, begin the 10 day process over again treating this as day 1 again.