Lucy Boston

Friday, October 25, 2013

friendship / enemy /bread

OK -
I know that you know what I'm talking about when I mention
Well, I call it Friendship Bread too,
but only for the first week.
After the first week,
I call it Enemy Bread. :)

And if you've ever participated in
this chain letter/pyramid scheme of food,
then you know what I'm talking about.

The premise is great! 
A 'friend' gives you a baggie of friendship bread 'starter'.
Just 'Squish' the bag of 'starter' for a few days,
'Feed' the bag of 'starter' once,
then 'Squish" for a few more days.
Measure out enough for a bread recipe, bake it up, and
SHARE the leftover 'starters'!!

Seems innocent enough.
But here's the problem...
The 'Starter' has re-grown.
 Grown enough that you have to do something with it-
i.e. BAKE it.
And Give it Away Again!
And by now you have multiple new bags of 'Starter' to do something with.
Oh, sure, at first, you CAN give a couple of 'Starters' to friends.

But, all of the people that you first gifted the 'Starter' to
are now starting their own chain letter/pyramid scheme-of-food process. 
And your 'friends'

(and by now your friends have gifted their friends, thus eliminating your potential friends' friends that haven't seen you coming!)
OH, and you weren't able to give all the Starters away,
 so you have MULTIPLE 'starters' to feed, squish & grow again.
Enemy Bread!!!
OK, I admit, it is good bread!
Really, REALLY good!
But truly, who needs 11 loaves of sweet bread this week. 
(stole this pic from an enemy a friend)
 Or month, for that matter!?

BUT - if you are gifted with a 'Starter'
here's a recipe for a nice & easy, moist pumpkin bread:

PUMPKIN Spice Friendship Bread!

1 cup 'Starter'
3 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour (I did half whole wheat)
1 small box INSTANT pudding -dry (vanilla or pumpkin spice)
1 cup canned pumpkin

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  
Grease 2 large loaf pans. 
In large bowl, mix all of the above ingredients as listed.
In small bowl, mix topping of 1/2 cup sugar & 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in small bowl.  Use half to sugar the greased pans.  Pour batter into greased/sugared pans.  Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over tops.  Bake for one hour or until bread loosens from sides of pan and toothpick in center of loaf comes out cleanly.

Fair Warning:
If I 'stop to visit'  you in the next few days -
I am really stopping to gift get rid of my Starters!

Happy end of October!


  1. ohh, i wish i was close - i'd take a starter, friend :)

  2. I did this in 2 different states. Thank goodness, I haven't done it in the past 10 years, while we've lived here. Don't you DARE come drop some off!


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