Amish Friendship Bread: Baked 007

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As it goes around here.  Food = photos and often, photo shoots end with food.  The bag of friendship bread starter that we named Daniel Craig ended up baked into a cinnamon-vanilla bread.  There was enough batter to make 2 loaves and a bundt.  The recipe used was the one that came on the photo copied sheet that arrived with the original bag of Neighbor Starter.   {I made it with a touch more vanilla – a full tsp instead of the 1/2 called for.}   For a variation, I also made a cranberry bundt cake {a bundt takes the batter for two loaves}.  I wasn’t completely satisfied with the end result, so I’m still experimenting with the bread.  Since I used sweetened/dried cranberries, the bread wasn’t infused with cranberry flavor.  It very much tasted like the original bread with an occasional bite of dried cranberry.  I’ll keep you posted on my experimentation.

Baked 007

On a side note, I think the word “bundt” is kind of funny.  I always worry that I’m misspelling it.  {It doesn’t help that spell check doesn’t recognize the word bundt.}  It also reminds me of that scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Ian Miller’s mom walks into the Portokalos home with a bundt cake.

[upon receiving a bundt cake from Mrs. Miller]

Maria Portokalos:  It’s a cake! I know! Thank you! Thank you very, very much.[whispering to Aunt Freida] Maria Portokalos:  There’s a hole in this cake!

I’ll be smiling all day…

By |2016-10-19T14:20:40-04:00March 26th, 2010|Food, photography|0 Comments

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 |2016-10-19T14:20:40-04:00March 19th, 2010|Food, photography|5 Comments