Monday, December 13, 2004

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ...

Or, at least it smells like it.

Today when I got Stephen off of the bus, he couldn't wait to get in the door. The aroma of Amish Friendship Bread was in the cool, crisp air. Mmmm, and it was coming from my kitchen!  I only bake this bread for the holidays. It takes 10 days from start to finish. That is one reason why I only do this once a year. The starter keeps well in the freezer, and I accidentally threw mine out this past summer. I was so upset when I realized this. Do you have any idea how many recipes there are for starters? Furthermore, have you any idea how bad some of them are? I've tried many of them, and the only one I truly love is the one my friend, Susy gave me the first year I made it. Thank goodness, she and my cousin Beverly still had copies of the original recipe and 10 days ago, I mixed all the milk, sugar and flour together and then added yeast to it just to see how it would go and, voila! Just like my first starter arrived, 5 years ago!

This is what Stephen's teachers are getting for Christmas, along with some other goodies and candy. I hope he scores some major brownie points! ;P

Uh, oh ...There's only one problem ... I ate half a loaf and I don't feel so good. Did I mention, it's really rich and sweet?

8 comments:

babyshark28 said...

mmmm, this reminds me of a delicious cake my mom used to make....it took 10 days too.  She called it a hermit cake?  I guess because it has to sit for so long...I don't know.  but, it was soo moist and goooood. :D

indigosunmoon said...

Mia!  Send me the recipe!
Sounds yummy!!
Connie

dbaumgartner said...

Yum, I wish that picture had scratch-n-sniff!  I'll bet it smells wonderful.  To me there is no better smell than baking bread.  Wish I could have been there.  :-)

hope5555 said...

Can I have the other half?  ;)

s0ngbird1962 said...

OMG, 10 days to make?  LOL....  I'm a girl with the need for instant gratification....(ok, so maybe I could wait a few hours, lol)

The bread looks delicious!!  Love baking this time of year and making the house smell yummy....  Makes my soul sing.  : )

slowmotionlife said...

Oy!!  I wish I was there for Christmas!  That looks SO divine!!  I haven't done any holiday baking yet - definitely better get started!  The kids are off school now, so I'll have my little helpers with me.  Need to make pear bread [no free pears this year, though] and something new this year.  Those breads make an awesome gift!  We gave Elijah's teacher a soap set - now I'm thinking she probably would have preferred some home-cooked sweets.  LOL

freeepeace said...

YUM!  No fair.  I'm missing one salivary gland.  This just hurts.  But it's totally worth it.

viviansullinwank said...

{{{{{Mia and Stephen and Paul}}}}},

Here's wishing you a wonderful 2005 with lots of quality time with the special people in your lives....a year full of hopes fulfilled....health at it's best and love in an over abundance!!

Love,
Vivian