This sourdough starter can be kept indefinitely, just as long as it's replenished every 10 days to 2 weeks.
"Friendship Bread" earned its name because people are known to share their sourdough starter and pass it around to family and friends.
- 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce envelope)
- 2-1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees) divided
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
- Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir in remaining 2 cups warm water, flour, and sugar. Beat until smooth.
- Cover with cheesecloth and let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 days or until bubbly, stirring mixture 2 to 3 times each day. (A warmer room speeds up the fermentation process.)
- To store: Transfer the starter to a jar, cover with cheesecloth and refrigerate. Do not cover jar tightly with a metal lid. It will explode.
- To Use Starter: Make sure to bring the desired amount to room temperature before adding it to the Sourdough Bread recipe.
- To Replenish: Stir 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or honey into the remaining amount. Cover and let stand at room temperature at least 1 day or until bubbly. Refrigerate for later use.
- If the starter isn't used within 10 days, stir in 1 teaspoon sugar or honey. Repeat every 10 days until used.
- Makes about 3 cups. The Friendship Bread recipe calls for 1 cup of starter, which will make 2 loaves.