It’s going around again….sort of like a scourge….only it’s a scourge that tastes delicious and carries a lot of calories. Well, maybe it’s not really a scourge. It’s more like a chain letter, only with sweet bread! Most of you know what I’m talking about. Many of you have probably already done the whole squeeze-the-plastic-bag-for-the-first-six-days routine. In fact, I’m betting that about half of you have instructions for Amish Friendship Bread lying about somewhere. Worse yet, at least some of you have Terrible AFB Guilt.
AFB Guilt is the worst kind. Some friend has given you a precious ziplock bag of starter and now it is all up to you to keep this sticky mess ALIVE long enough to bake with it and gift it to other friends. You don’t want to be the individual that BREAKS this chain….The burden is enormous, especially since everyone knows that only the Amish know how to make the starter…..
OR maybe not.
I know that AFB is going around up here in the High Country because recently I’ve been the recipient of several ziplocks. I’d like to invite you to sneak over and check out a lively discussion about AFB going at My Sisters Kitchen that we’ve been having for over a year now.
The first Amish Friendship Bread post, written in March, 2007, gives all the pertinent info on making AFB, debunks a LOT of AFB myths, and suggests a number of tasty variations. To our surprise, most of the blogging world seemed to want to talk about AFB and the comments on that first post ran to over 130. In that comment section, just about every possible question was posed and answered and just about every possible variation was suggested.
The comments got so long that the page started taking awhile to load. We also noticed the people had started asking the same questions over and over again. So we closed the comments and wrote a second post. To our surprise, people were still not finished talking about AFB. More questions, more answers, and MORE creative ways to use the starter and creative variations on the bread. Those little ziplock baggies of starter are definitely gifts that keep on giving!
Since everyone I know loves the tasty end result of AFB and most everyone I know eventually feels trapped by that high-maintenance starter, I invite you to come join the discussion. If you have your own questions, be sure to read all the comments, questions, and answers first; someone else may have already asked that same question and gotten the answer.