Amish Friendship Bread

by on November 11, 2009 in Other Ways to Save

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I don’t really know if the friendship bread that I have baking in the oven right now is really Amish or not, but that’s what the recipe said, so I’m going with it!

I got a starter of this friendship bread a few weeks ago from a friend at church, and tonight my starter was due to be mixed for new starters and the leftover baked into tasty snack bread. The last two loaves I made 10 days ago were a HUGE hit at the office, so I am taking the loaves I am baking tonight to church tomorrow to be the dessert at our monthly Ladies Night dinner.

The starter mix is really nasty and I hate the yeasty, fermenting odor you smell if you get within 2 or 3 feet of the bag containing it. It has milk in it, but doesn’t get refrigerated! It just sits there in its bag for 10 days, feeding the yeast and making smelly gas. Then, on the 10th day, you add a bunch more stuff to it and get two amazingly tasty loaves of bread out of it. Plus four more stinky bags you can give away to friends so they can stink up their kitchen and have yummy bread to bake in 10 days.

In all honesty, I don’t really care too much about the smelly bag of goop I have to keep for 10 days, because it really is super yummy bread when you bake it. I plan to try and mail some to family members for Christmas. I think they’d really enjoy it!

So…today I am thankful for yummy friendship bread baking in the oven. And, the friend who gave it to me! :)


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