Two weeks before my sister left on vacation, someone gave her a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter. She really enjoys things like that, so she follows the direction, bakes the bread, and then off she goes on vacation, leaving me a starter so that when she gets back, she can have a starter back from me. (After all, the directions say, and I quote: "Only the Amish know how to create a "starter" so if you give them all away, you will have to wait until someone gives you one back to make more bread!" Now, personally, I highly doubt the veracity of this statement. Surely, some Amish woman somewhere spilled the secret.) Anyway, I have been faithfully following the directions (I did make one mistake, but apparently the dough is very forgiving!) so that I can fulfill my one and only duty while she's away~keeping this starter thing going.
I've discovered why they call it Friendship bread though; not because giving it away is a sign of friendship; no, it's because after trying to pawn off the starters on everyone you know, you'll have no friends left. And here's where I've run into a bit of a problem. Each starter makes two loaves of bread, and four more starters. Out of the original batch I was given, I managed to give away ONE starter. So, now I have three starters sitting on my kitchen counter, doing their thing. Each one of those will make four more starters, and assuming I'm able to get rid of even four of them, I'll have eight starters sitting on my counter next week, each of which will make four more... I think you can probably see where this is going. (It kills me to throw them away, but I'm going to have to, either that or buy a bigger house to put them all in!) So, if anyone would like to have an Amish Friendship Bread starter, just let me know!