About 2 weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a plastic baggie with some goo in it.
Sounds gross, right?
It was actually Amish Friendship bread starter.
The concept, as I understand it, is that only the Amish women have the recipe for the starter, so if you want to make this bread you need to either have a friend give you a bag of starter or meet some Amish people.
Seeing as I don’t live in PA, the chance of the latter happening isn’t great.
Anyway, my friend gave me a bag and I followed the instructions as closely as my non-baking mind could.
I waited a few days, mixing the ingredients in the bag each day and adding flour, sugar and milk until the dough was ready.
One of the instructions given to me was NO METAL. No metal bowls, spoons, or anything. NO METAL!
See that whisk? Know what it’s made of?
I actually didn’t have anything that I could actually bake the bread in besides metal loaf pans, so I said a little prayer and threw them in the oven.
Not bad for someone who is clearly incapable of following instructions, huh?
I swapped out some of the white sugar for brown and added chocolate chips because if I know anything, it’s that chocolate can save pretty much any baked good.
The result was a cross between coffee cake and a muffin, and yes, the chocolate chips were a good idea.
So thank you, women of the Amish community. Thank you for creating a recipe that allows me 10 full days to screw up but not totally ruin.