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Not-so-friendly Amish Friendship Bread

amish friendship bread, directions - licensed from flickr user tizzie

From: Amy A
My website: Good Ideas and Tips

I had a friend who gave me a bag of “GOO” and a recipe. She said it was Amish Friendship Bread and…a small portion of this mixture has been going on forever and ever. In my mind, I was thinking “Like a bad Virus or Germ travels from one recipient to the next and never ends, and after you get rid of it, it may come back to you.” So those were my thoughts, but then she quickly added how delicious the bread was, once the process is done.

With a little apprehension, I took the bag of goo and the recipe and started my 10 day journey to delicious bread. I squished the bag and it’s contents for days, and did the recommended steps to make it perfect. Then on the fateful evening I was to actually prepare and bake it, I opened the bag and it smelled so rancid, so I call my friend and asked, “is this mixture supposed to smell so horrid?” She responded with, “yes, it ferments and that is part of the process, trust me, it will be delicious.”

I move forward with the process and I get half way down the recipe and notice that it calls for 1 1/2 CUPS of Baking Powder. Now, I am thinking, there is NO WAY that is right. I have baked a ton of stuff and it has never called for that much Baking Powder. In fact, I started to think about the last time I actually purchased a new can of Baking Powder and it had been a years, possibly even a full decade. So a cup and a half would be the complete contents of my can. I wanted to call my friend back and make sure, but she was on bed rest for early labor.

Being the great baker I am, I decided to follow the recipe exactly the way it was given to me. But, luckily I had some amazing inspiration to put a cookie sheet under the baking bread, because…guess what happened????? DISASTER!!!! It was smelling so good, so I peeked inside and it was everywhere. It had blown-up inside my oven. My husband comes in and says, “oh my gosh, it smells so good in here, what are you baking?” So I open the oven for him so he, himself, can witness my NOT SO FRIENDLY AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD DISASTER!

amish friendship bread

I am really bummed right, because I have been squishing and preparing for this delicious bread for the last 10 days, and now it has just blown up inside my oven!!

Anyways, my friend calls the next morning and asks me, in a giggly tone, “how’d your bread turn out?” And I started thinking, “she tricked me, she knew what was going to happen and she TRICKED me. OOOHHHH” But I answer, “well it kinda blew up in my over.” She starts laughing hysterically and apologizes profusely. Her husband had retyped the recipe for her to hand out, and he made the typing error.

That night, she brought me over a delicious loaf and a new can of baking powder. How nice huh.

Next time I am thinking I should take her husband over a plate of chocolate chip cookies that taste like salt, and tell him my recipe called for a cup and half of it. Only teasing, but it is definitely an experience to remember!!

For more photos and the recipe for Amish Friendship Bread, visit my site: Good Ideas and Tips.

top photo: licensed from flickr member tizzie

9 Responses to Not-so-friendly Amish Friendship Bread

  1. Liz says:

    That’s so funny. I basically had the exact same exploding, sinking result happen to me when I baked the bread! Except I really can’t blame anyone else’s instructions. I don’t know what happened.

    I found this post because my photo at the top is credited — my sister made the bag in the picture into the most incredibly delicious batch of bread, and I just had to take a bag home for myself. Ten days later… fail!

  2. Kristi says:

    LMAO! I love that this is something I would totally do, but without the inclination to put a baking sheet under there!

  3. Ashley says:

    Bahaha. That reminds me of last week, my brother attempted to make cookies. He did just as you mentioned and added a cup of salt instead of a teaspoon, XD

  4. I have serious tears my friend!!! I had totally forgotten about that. HAHAHAHA! Trav felt soooo horrible when I told him. Some day you will have to try again though. I swear when it’s done right it’s so worth it!

  5. Erin says:

    Hahahahahaha!!! I’m STILL laughing!!! I hate to get such a gut busting laugh out of it, but I literally just got rid of my last bag of Amish bread last week. I had the starters hanging around here for weeks! Now I wish I had one left, so that I could try an ornery trick like that!

  6. Catalina says:

    That is hilarious and the scariest bread I’ve seen in my life. :D

  7. Tammy says:

    Oh man. This had me actually laughing out loud. Sorry about the disaster, but thanks for sharing!

  8. I started giggling as soon as I saw “1 1/2 cups baking powder” and by the time I got to the pictures I was laughing really hard. Don’t give up on the bread~ it truly is worth the effort (although I killed my starter last week because i forgot to “feed” it) I love to see people’s triumphs AND failures, because it keeps it real ;)

  9. Laura Leon says:

    For some reason this reminds me of the time my husband got my cough medicine for me. He gave me a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon. I was on quite a hydrocodone ride and probably had hallucinations of scary things, like your bread…

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