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Readers Respond: Friendship Bread - A Blessing or a Curse?

Responses: 52


From the article: Making Friendship Bread
You see a friend coming towards you with a slightly crumpled white sheet of paper and a resealable plastic bag with a beige liquid in it. What do you do? Do you smile and gladly take what is about to be given to you or do you run for the hills? Please share your personal feelings and experience with the welcomed (or is it dreaded?) Friendship Bread. Please Share Your Opinion


A few years ago, someone gave me Friendship Bread starter as we were moving several hundred miles away. I'm sure they meant it as a sweet gesture, but did I really want to have to tend to the starter while relocating, much less transport it 400 miles? Absolutely not - it went right into the trash.

"Feeding it"

I'm a little confused... what does it mean when I read "feeding" it? Is that adding the 1 cup of flour/sugar/milk?
—Guest Esther

Love it!

I've had my starter in a bowl on the counter for 25 years and I don't bother paying attention to the rules anymore. I feed it every 5th day and use it whenever I want to bake. It doesn't matter if it's day 10 or day 4. I've made hundreds of variations and make it in mini loaf pans to give as gifts at the holidays. It's always a hit and it always turns out great. I don't like that pudding version though...it has an artificial junky taste. I make it with pure organic ingredients and fruits and everyone loves it.

A Blessing.......

After making this bread for the zillioneth time, I decided to be creative and used the starter as a lab extension in my biology classroom. My students loved learning about the fermentation process in a real world context. There was also the added benefit of eating the bread that they made 10 days later. Many of my students asked for the starter and recipe so that they could try it at home. After getting permission from their parents, I gladly handed out starter. A couple of students brought in the bread they made for us to try. Six years later, parents and students remember this "homework" and ask me if I still do this with my students! The answer is....YES!
—Guest Valerie


It's just another obligation. I know it's meant as a gesture of friendship, but it's an imposition, and there's a chain letter aspect to it that I object to.
—Guest Gina


blessing its so good!!!!!!!!!! and Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!
—Guest ?

Amish bread-twist

I made mine with two small boxes of banana cream pudding, added banana chips and chocolate chips. It was absolutely delicious. Next time I may even add nuts.
—Guest Bev

Friendship Bread

I had some of the best bread ever at a friends house, she had received it as a gift,I told her I had to have the receipe and she told me the friends name, so i called her and she said ahe would be GLAD to drop the recipe off that afternoon, I was so excited as I was haveing comping for dinner that night and I would bake it for them...Will he she comes recipe in hand ....and a bag. Yup! Friendship bread... I did go on with it one time. so to me it was a curse to me
—Guest Theola

Better of the Best

I can use the Friendship Starter to make the waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, bread and the regular cake-like. I no longer have a starter but we had eleven foster children at a time and I made these treats for the children and NEVER had leftovers. When they would be allowed home for visits some of the parents would ask me for a start so they could make what their child was talkign about!! It was fun
—Guest Jean Rossiter

friendship Bread

I'm always very happy to recieve the starter from a friend. However I work from home so I don't have a captive audience of co-workers to share it with. I usually make about six batches. By that time I'm rather tired of it. I didn't realize you could freeze the starter. Now I won't feel guilty about "killing" it.
—Guest Maureen Q

More than one way to a "Friends" heart

My husband use to have to make this for his boss in the Army. They had it so much that they developed other recipes using the starter. My favorite, Monster Cookies!
—Guest Jeri

Freezing Friendship Bread Starter

I begged for the starter for this bread! I've been making it for several years. Whenever I get tired of making the bread I simply put the starter into a freezer container and freeze it until I'm ready to make more bread. The only problem I've had was when my daughter decided to clean out my freezer and threw it away. Luckily one of my friends was willing to share so i'm bread-making again.
—Guest cgclemons

friendship bread

Friendship bread is to sweet for my tastes I like the potato sourdough bread because its slightly sweet and always moist and smooth with a great texture.
—Guest sourdoughdaddyo

I almost had some!

A colleague gave my husband this starter at a Christmas party. He had no idea what it was and threw it away! I had to educate him about it. I guess I'll have to start one of my own!

Friendship Bread - A Blessing or a Curse

I just love making the friendship bread. All my coworkers love getting it also. Everyone I made one for Christmas was delighted. I made mine in different flavors but the best one was raisins and cinnamon and nuts. They actually come back for more. I freeze my leftover mix and always have some on hand no matter if it;s someone who wants the batter or some bread. This is one of the most wonderful recipes I have yet to make. I plan on always keeping some starter in the freezer.
—Guest GEM

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