Last June I told you about my experience with Amish Friendship Bread. While I enjoyed the results, I wasn’t happy with the process of daily care that the bread required. I also thought people might start hiding when they saw me coming.
After that blog post I learned that Darien Gee wrote a book titled Amish Friendship Bread: A Novel. She saw my blog post, and I think she decided that I needed to witness the positive side of this combination friendship builder and yummy treat. She sent me a copy of her new novel. I’m glad she did.
Amish Friendship Bread is a heartwarming novel about how friendship bread can be the catalyst for new friendships and a good way to practice genuine gifting.
The characters in the story are well drawn and there were several I was very sympathetic to. This is Ms. Gee’s first novel but you’d never know it. It’s written very well.
The last section of the book is full of recipes. There is first of all the recipe for making the starter from scratch. There’s also the directions on how to handle it the first ten days. There’s a good variety of ways to bake the bread too. This means you don’t have to wait for someone to give you a gift of starter.
But wait, it gets even better. The author has developed a website devoted to the Amish Friendship Bread Kitchen. At the website there’s a wonderful community of the book and bread’s fans, loads of ways to make the bread and, my favorite, a variety of ways to make the starter. There’s a recipe for gluten-free starter. sugar-free starter, and so forth. There’s also a Frequently Asked Question section. To visit the website, click the picture above.
I’m giving Amish Friendship Bread another chance. I’m developing a list of people I think would enjoy a loaf of my bread. What about you? What’s your experience with friendship bread?
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