Monday, December 28, 2009

Amish Selfish Bread

Three weeks ago my neighbor Matt offered me a starter for Amish Friendship Bread. I thought, What the heck, it will taste good. Ten days later I had two loaves of deliciously sweet bread and four bags of starter to pass out to friends. By that time Matt had at least eight bags of starter. I never asked how many starters William and Jesse had (they had given a starter to Matt). Like recipients of chain letters or Madoff investors, we were quickly running out of "friends."

So last night as I was baking four more loaves of bread I decided to reconfigure the recipe. Let me say right now that it's a lot harder than you'd think! It's not rocket science, but it's not a piece of cake (so to speak) either. But I think I finally have a recipe for what I call Amish Selfish Bread. Ten days from now I should have just enough batter for two more loaves of bread...and just one starter (for me!).

If you have starter for Amish Friendship Bread (also known as Amish Ponzi Bread) and want to escape from this endless cycle, check with me in ten days. If my bread turns out right I'll send you my "new and improved" recipe for "Amish Selfish Bread."

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  1. Debbie Leonard1:38 PM

    Amish Ponzi Bread. Very funny!

  2. Anonymous9:58 PM

    I'll keep checking to see how your bread turns out. I would love to have the "new and improved" recipe. I've had the bread before and it's good but, ended up letting the "starter" die as several friends I offered it to didn't want to bother with it. This has been years ago and I've long since lost the original recipe. Good luck!

    Terri O.

  3. Anonymous6:58 PM

    There are not enough folk on Ocracoke for the Amish Friendship Bread...

  4. Anonymous6:50 AM

    I would love to have this recipe... did it work? will you post it? : )

    1. I published this post almost five years ago. I just looked through all of my recipes. I'm sorry, but I cannot find it.


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