Amish Friendship Bread: Baking Batman & Feeding Ninja Turtles

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My next door neighbor shared some Amish Friendship Bread starter with us last month.  The last batch went away when we went out of town.  Just couldn’t bring myself to ask the dog sitter to take care of bread starter too.  Since the new batch arrived, we’ve made LOTS of bread.  And given away bread and given away starter… and so on and  so on.  But I have to admit it’s one of those things where the follow-through starts to get tough.  The part where you have to count days and add flour & sugar… and remember that it’s sitting in a ziplock just waiting to explode all over the counter if neglected.

Somewhere along the way, I was told that if you name your starter, the personification helps with the tending.  So, I decided that the last batch of starter needed to be named.  There were three bags of starter on the counter and a kitchen full of young men when I asked for name suggestions.   The result was as follows:

* Gerard Butler

* Daniel Craig

and * Christian Bale

{The next day Gerard Butler went to friend Katie’s house}

So we were left with:


We’ve had lot’s of fun with the whole thing.  Here’s a favorite overheard conversation:

“Where’s Gerard Butler?”

“He went to Katie’s house.  I hope she remembers to squeeze him.”


Yesterday was the day for baking.   We baked Batman. {in Chocolate w/ Ghiradelli chocolate chips} and now have four bags of starter with new names to tend  and give away.  {What do you think of the new names?}


By | 2016-10-19T14:20:40+00:00 March 19th, 2010|Food, photography|5 Comments

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  • What beautiful shots — your Amish friendship bread looks amazing! We’d love to add it to our friendship bread gallery (with credit and a link back to you). Can you think about it and let me know? In the meantime I’ll post your link to this post so our readers can give their two cents about naming your remaining starter. How clever!

    WIshing you well,

    • thanks Darien/Mia! Your fb Friendship Bread group has great info, stories and photos. Great idea!

  • Karen Treu

    What fun! I just received my first starter bag of Amish Friendship Bread today. I haven’t had one in years. Your post has already given me some ideas for naming my starter bags when I get them in a few more days. Thanks for the fun thoughts!

    • Karen,

      We’ve had such a great time with names. {and have kept starter around longer than ever before because we’re attached. ;-)} Have fun and do come back to share recipes & stories.

  • hahahahaha

    Mom, I love it!