Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread & Printable Instructions

Anybody ever head of this?!?  Well the other day I was in the break room at work getting water and saw three bags of cream colored mush... Now I had seen these bags several weeks back and didn't pay much attention to them, but these strange looking bags were back, so I decided to stop and read the paper attached to them and saw "Amish Friendship Bread" with strange instructions like "Mush the Bag."

Well still not really sure what the bag of goo was, I went back to Google, and read up on it.  It is similar to a chain letter, in the sense that once you get it, you must pass 3 more along.  So this bag of mush is really an active yeast mixture that is supposedly passed down from generation to generation steaming only from the Amish. Now I don't know how true this is, but it has definitely been circulating around my office for a month or so now.  Even after reading of this "chain letter" I did not take a bag home, but I eyed them every time I went to the break room....

Several days had passed, and only one bag remained... I had been poking and mushing the bag as I passed it daily, and my curiosity was starting to get the best of me.  Then I noticed that it was almost Day 6, time to add stuff to the bag....but it was still just sitting in the break room without a home.... so of course I "adopted" the little bag! :D  Once I brought the yeast home, I fed it some flour, sugar, and milk for the day, and it sure was hungry!  I went to bed feeling good about myself for taking in a lost soul :)

When I woke up the next morning, I knew the yeast had enjoyed his dinner because the bag was inflated with lots of air, and so being the good caretaker that I am, I burped the bag!  Several more days of mushing the bag and burping the bag before we arrived at BAKING DAY!! :) I then proceeded to follow the directions on the instruction sheet.  An hour and a half later..... it was done, and the outcome was a slightly sweet and cinnamony, delicious bread!  It was so tasty that I decided to keep a starter and bake it again in 10 more days!  And I gave the remaining 3 bags to friends; hence, chain letter.

Notice: NO METAL!!!
Skip to about a month later and this darn bag of yeast is starting to take over my life!! I find myself baking every 10 days and rushing out to buy packs of pudding mix and flour at random times of the day.  The bread is very good and nobody in my house is complaining about the steady supply of cinnamon bread in the house.  However, when 1 bag turns into 4 bags and then those 4 bags multiple into 16 bags and this chain continues for a month, ahhhh!!! These darn bags seem to multiple into 4s before I can even get rid of the previous four!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Whooaaa 11/11/11

Cake balls and Cake pops have swept the nation ever since Bakerella brought them into the spot light. Everybody has there own way of making them, and personally I don't like the huge 2" cake balls that some people make. I would much rather have a manageable small cake ball, but I like all my sweets in "bite size" form! I have also considered making super tiny bite sized cake balls.... perhaps that will be my next experiment.  I wonder if peanut M&M size or Whopper size is too small.....

I recently had an order of cake pops for an infant's birthday, but really the treats were for the Moms and not the children :) I was pondering how to package these cuties without damaging them, and then I realized I had tons of these cupcake containers!! These may not be cupcakes but they can still nestle into this container for safety during transportation. :) I made three flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and good ole red velvet!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween Tricks & Treats!

I have never been much of a thrill seeker or scary movie watcher, but I still love Halloween! I may not enjoy the spooky creepy crawlies of the night, but I sure do love the SWEETS that come along with Halloween!!! I am a week behind on the post but I hope that you all can still enjoy some of the fun treats that I made for Halloween.

The first order of business was eyeballs with a gooey center!  I got this great idea from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. The idea is absolutely brilliant, gushers and all! I did however use strawberry cakeballs instead of the peanut butter truffles that she used.  Any truffle type treat should work here.  I thought that the pink of the strawberry cake would add to the gross factor of biting into an eyeball :)

For Halloween, the boyfriend and I had some bonding time over cookie decorating :)  He is very artistic and loves stepping up to show me that he is a better artist than I am.  But I don't mind because we are doing something that I love, and I can always use the extra hands when decorating!  Can you guess which ones I made and which ones he made?

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