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11 days ago I was given an Amish friendship bread starter by one of my neighbors. I remember my mom baking this awesome bread when I was a kid so I happily took some not realizing the horrors that follow.

I followed the instructions I was given, feeding and needing the bag on the appropriate days. My husband watched the bag grow and then begin to move on it's own so he made a bio hazard sign to attach to the bag.

Yesterday was day 10 - a most inconvenient time to bake the bread but it had to be done. I made the apple variation and thus had 2 loaves of incredibly delicious apple bread. My family devoured an entire loaf at dinner yesterday and I froze the other one.

Of course the worst of it is that now I have 4 bags of starters as the damn thing multiplies! My sister wants one so that is okay, except she is going away for the Easter weekend so I will have the care and feeding of it. I am going to drop one off at my mother-in-law's place (I don't really like her anyway), and I have found a home for the 3rd bag with a friend who apparently knows what she is getting into and is okay with it (weirdo). Of course that leaves one bag left over.... which in my insanity I have decided to keep because how else will I be able to make that delicious bread again. Now of course I have to find more places to give the starter to in 10 days! Ack!
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Amish friendship bread is the physical manifestation of electronic chain mail. Now that you've started it, you realize that if you don't continually send bits of the chemical experiment to 10 of your friends every few weeks...you'll die, your mother will break her back, puppies will start sneezing, and BGG will go down for a week.
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hm... I would have thought this would have ended differently.


I've never heard of Amish Friendship bread. Link or something please with more info?
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http://yanswersblog.com/index.php/archives/2009/03/23/is-fri...

This tells how babby is made. How girl get bread.
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matthew.marquand wrote:
http://yanswersblog.com/index.php/archives/2009/03/23/is-fri...

This tells how babby is made. How girl get bread.


That is hilarious.

For actual information on the process you can go to wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish_Friendship_Bread

Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared in a manner similar to a chain letter.[1] The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads, shared with friends, or frozen for future use. The sweet, cake-like Amish Cinnamon Bread is a common bread that is made from this starter; it is a simple, stirred quickbread that includes a substantial amount of sugar and vegetable oil, with a mild cinnamon flavor. It has characteristics of both pound cake and coffee cake.

A common recipe using this starter suggests using one cup (240 ml) of it to make bread, keeping one cup to start a new cycle, and giving the remaining two cups to friends. The process of sharing the starter makes it somewhat like a chain letter. One cup of starter makes one standard loaf of bread.
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Oh bother. DO NOT WANT.
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My wife got caught up in this scam the first Christmas we were married, and it was crazy. She baked more bread than she had ever baked in her life, and kept getting more and more of the starter mix. In the end, I think she chucked it, just because she couldn't take the pressure of the whole thing.

Matthew actually said exactly what I was going to say: This is the physical representation of a chain letter.

EDIT: Also, if it's true that all those starter mixes originated from one single mix (which, I now realize, is an interesting "Garden of Eden" allegory), shouldn't it be rank by now?
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Verkisto wrote:

EDIT: Also, if it's true that all those starter mixes originated from one single mix (which, I now realize, is an interesting "Garden of Eden" allegory), shouldn't it be rank by now?


I have been looking it up and there are lots of recipes to make the "starter" so I am assuming that I do not have any of the original culture.

I have also learned that I can freeze the starters so I have no need to destroy my friendships to get rid of them.
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I got caught once.


That was enough!!!


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This would always go around when I was in the Navy. We renamed it "Amish War Bread."
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I've never dealt with this stuff but it sounds interesting. Maybe I'm too practical but I don't understand why there's a hesitation to just freeze some and dump or use the rest. Even if it's screaming as it slides down the drain it still won't get to sit around and eat until it takes over my kitchen.
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We used to eat it a bunch when I was a kid. I remember liking it but I don't remember what it tastes like.
 
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Verkisto wrote:
EDIT: Also, if it's true that all those starter mixes originated from one single mix (which, I now realize, is an interesting "Garden of Eden" allegory), shouldn't it be rank by now?


That reminds me of Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter. 161 years in a family's pantry.

I keep a sourdough culture in my refrigerator. Lately, it gets fed every month or so. Which makes it low maintainence. And I am not A.R. about making bread from most of the feedings. It just goes down the drain. Flour is cheap.
 
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My efforts to follow the annoying instructions that came with this crap when I moved to Pennsylvania were among the least successful "rules interpretations" I've ever experienced. Why not just walk up to your new neighbors and slap them hard. I'll bet the Amish are laughing themselves silly.
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