Well, technically I got starter--Amish Friendship Bread starter. I don't know if I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I have never been on the receiving end of any 'bread starter'. From anyone. I'm not sure if that means I'm not the kind of friend that inspires a puddle of yeasty goo in a Ziplock. Or maybe it just means I'm never in the right place at the right time. Either way though, last night, I got some!*
Of course I splayed the bag out on the kitchen counter to admire it and subsequently poured over the instructions, topped with a little Amish horse and buggy clipart--totally authentic. I scanned them first, as is typical for me, and noticed the breakdown of tasks over the next ten days and the mention at the end of dividing it up to give away starter bags to new friends. And, of course, the warning that only the Amish know how to make this starter, so if all of it is given away, I'll have to wait around till someone offers me some again. (And given my track record, I'll no longer be baking then...)
Then, I move on to the recipe itself. And with the applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon it is sounding very yummy. Then I reach the last ingredient: 1 large package of instant vanilla pudding. Instant vanilla pudding?? I didn't notice any of that being whipped up during the movie Witness. I'd heard this bread was yummy--and why not?? It has an entire package of pudding in it!
Well it's bubbling away on my counter right now. My older son has followed today's directions already: "Mush the bag". Unlike most chores, he was happy to do it.
Oddly enough, those directions had me thinking about the possibly of a 'friendship bread' blogger-style. What might that entail...? I'm looking forward to my Amish Pudding Bread.
* Well, I guess, technically, if I'm being honest, it was given to the family by my son's friend's mom. That will shortly be conveniently forgotten.