Thursday, September 07, 2006

Friendship Bread – A blessing or a curse?

We ate dinner at our adoptive parents/neighbor’s house about a week ago. Sha had this zip loc bag, of what can’t only be described as cream colored snot on her counter. So of course I had to ask, “What the heck is that?!”. “Starter for Friendship Bread”. She had made some for dessert & it is really good. Kind of tastes like a sour dough spice cake. Because I expressed an interest, my own little baggie of cream colored snot arrived last night.

If you are not familiar with this type of bread it is similar to sour dough starter. You get instructions for smooshing it around for the first few days, then you add to it, smoosh it a few more days, then you are supposed to give away baggies of the starter to 3 friends, keep some for you & then make bread out of what’s left. The problem is that I work in an office of 5 total people & I am the only one that cooks at all! So I have been searching the net for different recipes that use this starter. That way I will have enough different versions to make bread every 10 days. We will eat them, hubby can take it to work, I can bring a made bread to work but I will probably need to use all the extra starter myself instead of giving it away. So I need to find enough recipes to make it interesting enough to keep up with.

Here is basically the same recipe that I have.* There are a few variations here that I will be printing off but I would like to hear about others experiences with this type of thing.

*Oh sure now you post links, Blogger!


autum said...

As soon as I read your title my stomach muscles involuntarily tightened. I was given my own bag of snot several years ago. I did the mixing and smushing and then made the bread. I have never been sicker in my life. Seriously, I can't imagine drinking the water on a Mexican vacation can make you feel much worse than I did. Others ate the bread and did not get sick so I'm sure it wasn't really the bread, but my mind still associates that horrible time with that bag of snot. All that said, enjoy your bread.

beki said...

It's been a while, but I've done this. I had a similar reaction as Autum, but not so bad. Just a lot of gas. A LOT (tmi?). I don't even want to go there.

Stacy said...

I remember doing this, but I don't remember getting sick. Or maybe I did, but I blamed it on the kids that i worked with since it was like a 'germ factory'?

Anonymous said...

I most certainly think it's a blessing!