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Amish Friendship Bread: Blessing or curse?

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When somebody gives you a bag of that Amish friendship bread starter, do you feel thrilled or nonplussed?<br><br>
It feels like a chainmail scheme to me. If I don't make the bread, let the batter die, and fail to pass on some starter to a new person, then I'll die a horrible death, or crops will be blighted.<br><br>
I worked with a lady who made lots of this bread. She added EVERYTHING to it, even canned fruit cocktail and marshmallows.<br><br>
I'll go with the "curse" option, but I'm open to new perspectives.
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It usually starts with somebody giving you a baggie full of sweet sourdough starter that they made at home. It comes with a list of instructions on how to keep it alive! On the first day you do nothing. On the next day, you stir it. Then you add flour and sugar to feed the yeast.<br><br>
And so on.<br><br>
After about a week you can make a bread out of it, saving some to keep alive and to make more starter with! Most friendship bread recipes use vegetable oil, flour, sugar and instant vanilla pudding.<br><br>
Here's where you can get creative. You can add carrots, cinnamon, nuts, cherries, cinnamon, coconut and anything else. You can substitute chocolate pudding for vanilla and add coffee powder. You can substitute applesauce for some of the oil. It can be really good!<br><br>
The problem is when you look at it as a way to use up leftovers in your fridge! Yuck! Stop the madness!<br><br>
Plus, keeping the starter alive and passing it on to others, because you can't possibly use it all, can be a hassle.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;">
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It's kind of a neat throwback to an earlier time when we couldn't just run to the store for yeast, or perhaps even baking powder or soda.<br><br>
A predecessor of friendship bread was something called Herman Bread.
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