Have you ever been caught in what seems like a never-ending neighborhood cycle of Amish Friendship Bread? It’s a sourdough “starter” you feed on your counter for a week or two, eventually making enough to bake a few loaves of bread for yourself and give a few friends their own package. Somehow it always gets a bit out of control and you end up with a dozen starters or a dozen loaves of bread, or both! But it’s a lot of fun!
And, Darien Gee has written a book about it! Actually the book is about friendship, camaraderie, forgiveness and growth, but it revolves around people passing Amish Friendship Bread starter around the neighborhood while the various stories unfold. You’ll meet Julia, working through a life-changing tragedy with the support of her husband and daughter. Next is Madeleine, operating a small tea shop across town. And Hannah is new to the neighborhood (and newly single.) These three women will come together in support of each other and the entire town, with the Amish Friendship Bread at the center of the story.
The book even has its own website: Friendship Bread Kitchen. Here you can learn more about the book, its author, and what to do with your extra bags of starter! The recipes are unbelievably diverse. And I thought all I could make was breakfast bread! Was I wrong!
Give Friendship Bread by Darien Gee a try. You won’t be disappointed!
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