Have you ever made Amish Friendship Bread?
I did this past weekend for the first time. Not only was this my first time baking friendship bread; it was also my first time baking anything from scratch. Yes, really. Baking has never been my specialty, but after this experience, I feel empowered to conquer the world of baking. No more pre-made, throw in the oven cookies for me. From now on, it's flour, sugar, eggs and the whole shebang (well maybe I'll still do the easy stuff sometimes).
Back to the friendship bread. It starts when a friend give you a starter bag - you then tend to it (nurture it, if you will) for ten days before the baking chaos ensues. Well at least in my case it was a bit of chaos since it was my first baking experience. Jason officially titled my behavior as crisis mode. haha
I ended up making some small bread loaves along with some cupcakes. And I have to say it turned out pretty darn delicious. I kinda can't believe that I made it. I have just always had this fear of baking, but now I think I have an infatuation with it. I can't wait to bake again.
The recipe also leaves you with 4 starter bags to give to friends. So the friendship love keeps going.