Friendship Bread

Today was much less eventful, thank the lord. Jack and I headed over to my friend Allison’s today, and I wish I’d snapped a few pics of him playing with sweet baby Harper. Harper is adorable and happy, and in that super fun age- 7 months- that makes me even more excited for baby #2 (I choose to forget that the whole sleepless, breastfeeding 24/7, never-leaving-the-house newborn phase comes first). Jack was pretty enamored with Harper, though if you ask him if he wants a baby brother or a baby sister, he still changes the subject. We’re working on it.

Still feeling slightly crappy due to the tooth. The antibiotics seem to be helping a little but I’m ready for them to kick in full force. The rest of the day was thankfully pretty lazy- Jack and I both took a nap and then read books, played trucks and possibly watched an episode or two of Toddlers & Tiaras. We’re starting on his glitz outfit tomorrow.

A couple of weeks ago my friend Kira gave me a foil-wrapped loaf and a mysterious looking freezer bag of white liquid- Amish friendship bread and a bag of “starter.” I’d never had Amish friendship bread before but now I’m HOOKED.

It’s delicious. Sweet and cake-y like a quickbread, but because it contains yeast you still get that amazing smell and light taste. I think I inhaled the first loaf in 2 days.

The whole process is interesting. You just mush the bag of starter for a few days, then add flour, milk and sugar. Mush for a few more days. On the 10th day you add more flour, milk and sugar and oil, then divide the starter into 4 bags (to give away- that’s the “friendship” part). Add a few more ingredients to what’s left of your starter, divide into two loaf pans and then bake for an hour.

Here’s my collection of starter on the counter… anybody want one? Seriously. I just want to keep one for myself but would love to give the rest away!

If you’re as intrigued by this process as I am, click here for a great blog with all of the detailed instructions. It makes an amazing breakfast… or snack… or dessert.

Alright, I’m itching to climb into my soft, warm bed (it’s COLD here in Dallas!) and dig into Cutting for Stone. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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4 Responses to Friendship Bread

  1. Erin Morgan says:

    Just let me know when you are ready to spray tan Jack and we’ll work that into our next Claudia play date so that he is catwalk ready! :)

  2. Kira says:

    So glad your bread turned out well! Todd is making me keep 2 starters so we can have 4 loafs of bread, he is super addicted to this stuff :)

  3. Cheryl says:

    I totally want a starter if you have any left! I’ve had it before and loved it!

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