A friend (hence the name of this post) gave me this recipe years ago. It’s an audience participation project and if taken literally a pyramid scheme. It’s also a commitment of time, taking a minimum of ten days from start to finish.
Once begun, this project can take on a life of it’s own, but it can also bring you closer to your friends, especially if they aren’t familiar with how to keep the sourdough ‘alive’ and have to rely on you for their starter fix.
This is Day 1 in this cycle and I already have my first two cups of starter promised. The traditional recipe makes a sweet, spice cake-type bread. The more contemporary recipe can be adapted to your personal tastes depending on the flavor of pudding mix you use. You can also use almonds or pecans instead of walnuts, or other dried fruits in place of the raisins and dates.