Amish Friendship Bread – Recipe For Baking

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This is the recipe for what to do with the starter of your Amish friendship bread. The starter makes a lot of extra starter once it is split, and if you don’t want to gift it or keep it you can bake all of it. On the tenth day the day you bake you can simply bake all of it.


Day 1: Do nothing

Day 2: Mash the bag

Day 3: Mash the bag

Day 4: Mash the bag

Day 5: Mash the bag

Day 6: ADD to the bag 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.

Day 7: Mash the bag

Day 8: Mash the bag

Day 9 : Mash the bag

Day 10: Follow the baking directions below…

1. Pour the entire bag into a non-metal bowl.

2. Add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk.

3. Measure out four separate batters of 1 cup each into four large ziploc bags.

4. Keep one bag for yourself and give the other bags to friends along with the recipe. (alternatively bake all the starter for yourself)

REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking again in ten days. The Bread is very good and makes a great gift. Should you pass this starter on to a friend on a different day-to-day one make sure to tell them which day it’s on so they know where to carry on from.

Baking Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius or 325 degrees fahrenheit

2. Put the remaining batter in a bowl and add the following…

3 eggs

1 cup oil

1/2 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups flour

1-2 boxes of instant pudding mix

3. Grease two large loaf pans

In a bowl, mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Dust the greased pans with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle remaining sugar mix over the top

5. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the pan and toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.

6. ENJOY !

This is the official recipe from the book Friendship Bread by Darien Gee and its wonderful ! I highly recommend trying it, its great fun !

Amish Friendship Bread Starter – Recipe

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This is a basic recipe for Amish Friendship Bread, There are many variations but this one is from the novel Friendship Bread and has been tested and it definitely works. If you follow this recipe you will be left with a bag of starter, you can gift it or bake it its up to you how you choose to use it. If you do gift it though don’t forget to include clear instruction on what to with it.


1. package active dry yeast

2. 1/4 cup room temperature water ( it has to be warm not hot)

3. 1 cup all purpose flour

4. 1 cup white sugar

5. 1 cup milk


1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand ten minutes. 

2. In a glass, ceramic or plastic container combine flour and sugar. Mix throughly (do not use metal containers, bowls or utensils) 

3. Slowly add milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. This is day one of the ten day cycle. 

4. For the next ten days care for the starter according to the directions for Amish Friendship Bread. 

(please note this is the recipe for the starter, this is to get the process started the instructions on how to bake the bread are in the recipe for baking the friendship bread) 

Photo courtesy of Skip to my Lou Blog 

Danielle Crismani of Baked Relief – Interview

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Danielle Crismani of Baked Relief fame, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past five months Baked Relief was a charity relief effort started by Danielle Crismani during the recent Brisbane floods.

Baked Relief started with a tweet and grew exponentially with people all over Brisbane offering their support and their cooking skills. The purpose of Baked Relief was to help out the helpers. The kind-hearted people of Brisbane who gave of their time to go out and help clean up the streets and the homes of people affected by the flood damage.

Danielle was inundated with people wanting to help out and lend a hand even if it was just to make a cake or some sandwiches to feed the growing number of people volunteering all over our beautiful city. Her story inspired many people from all walks of life to get involved.

We at TLC Books held a bake sale and raised almost $700 for flood relief and the responses we got from that were truly inspirational so I was interested to hear more about Danielle’s experiences too. I hope you enjoy hearing a bit more about her story and that it inspires more people to get on board and help out in any way they can.

First off tell us a bit about yourself personally ?

I am a mum to three children. Corey 13, Addison 11 and Liana nine. I work full-time in a government-owned corporation and have reformed packet cake cooking into ‘baking from scratch’ action in the office. I love renovating timber houses. Anything relating to the country and the beach make me happy. I have an extremely supportive ex husband and a wonderful man I belong with. Life is good.

Did you grow up with a love of cooking/ baking ?

We lived with my grandmother most of my childhood and she was an amazing baker. Her cheese cakes, caramel tarts and fruit mince pies were always talked about. She would start preparing for Christmas with me during the September school holidays. Everything was made from scratch. Ironically I was never allowed to take control of the beaters. It is a constant memory of her sporting a house dress and an apron and being covered in flour.
I didn’t start really baking until about four years ago when I was gifted a Kitchenaid and a set of Nigella Lawson cookbooks. WOW! didn’t that change my life.

How did you come up with the idea for Baked Relief ?

I was stuck at home. I wanted to do something. I am no way fit enough to sandbag but thought if I baked something and took it down the local SES that would help. Little did I know how well received that little batch of lemon muffins would be. Thats how baked relief started.

It went viral within a matter of hours, were you surprised by how huge it all became ?

At the time I was amazed at how quickly it grew. But when you really think about it, there were so many people who wanted to do something, to make a difference and help someone else out. They were just looking for a way to do that. Baked Relief provided that.

Are you continuing your work with Baked Relief in different areas now that the massive clean up is almost finished from the floods ?

There has been so much more required than I could have ever imagined. Like cooks loosing all of their cookbooks, Brisbane restaurants suffering due to people staying home and not spending money on dinners out, that everyone’s kitchen goods would be lost and their love of baking could not be fulfilled. That’s where we have continued to help out. Projects just come up as we see the need by talking to families who have been affected.

What has been the most exciting or proud moment for you since that first post about Baked Relief ?

Hearing an elderly woman say, with tears in her eyes, that baked relief gave her a purpose. There have been other proud moments, but that is one I will never forget.

I’m sure working with relief efforts you would have seen some amazing things in the fall out from the Brisbane Floods what is a memory that stands out for you ?

Walking Turner Avenue in Fairfield was the most confronting image of the Brisbane flood. The mud, the smell but the hundreds of people working like busy bees cleaning, laughing and making community happen.

Who are your personal idols or heroes ?

My Grandmother who in the 1974 floods baked for Fairfield and surrounding areas during the clean up and recovery. Nigella Lawson of course is an idol. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have begun baking four years ago. And very recently Premier Anna Bligh. I think she will go down in history as a woman to be admired. I have also seen some amazing work meeting women and men during this baked relief journey which have brought me to tears many times with their amazing stories of overcoming life’s challenges. Everyone has a story!

What is your dream for Baked Relief long-term ?

The long-term mission is to continue to empower people to make a difference in their own world. Random acts of kindness, paying it forward, encouraging teenagers to get involved in community. For the moment this has been through immediate and short-term support to flood affected families and communities. In the longer term it’s about creating a more philanthropic society of support.
             And Finally what are you working on now ?

We are working on the cookbook for cooks project where we are encouraging people to clear out their cookbook collection and donate a few books which they no longer use or need. We are assisting families by providing gift vouchers to local (often flood affected) restaurants and look at assisting families with helping to get their kitchens set back up again. We are also looking for sponsorship and support to keep this work going.
If you want to make a difference to your own life, start by making a difference to someone elses.
You CAN change the world one cupcake at a time!

A big thank you to Danielle for taking the time to answer my questions, I hope she inspires everyone who reads this as much as she has inspired me. ( all photos courtesy of ABC via Baked Relief official website)

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Something Borrowed – Movie Review

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I saw Something Borrowed last weekend and I loved it. This is the sort of Romantic Comedy that I love. The jokes are funny, the plot is highly believable and the characters are well-developed. This is feel good comedy at its best.

The story line is what you would expect for a romantic comedy, with love, broken hearts, funny one liners and of course a bit of relationship drama. But it’s so much more than that. This is the sort of movie you should see with your best friend. Something Borrowed examines the lengths people will go to for love and what a great friendship can survive.

Something Borrowed stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel in the lead role and she is wonderful. Funny, cute and undeniably appealing, Ginnifer’s character will steal hearts everywhere with her performance. You cannot help but feel sorry for her sad loveless character. She is beautiful in an understated way and that is what makes you like her so much. She is just like a girl you know. She will remind you of your best friend and have you sympathising with her terminal singledom.

Darcy is played by Kate Hudson in a supporting role as Rachel’s best friend and she delivers exactly what fans have come to know and expect from her. Witty humour, a sharp and polished performance and incredible believability. In most roles Kate Hudson is such a likeable character but in Something Borrowed she steps out of that box and takes on the role of someone a lot less likeable and a little bit of  a nasty bitch. But don’t let that put you off she is brilliant !

Something Borrowed is the story of Rachel and Darcy they have been best friends forever but now love threatens to drive a wedge between them. You will be swept up in this story and fall in love with the characters. See this charming movie with your best friend and some tissues. Its a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!



(Something Borrowed is adapted from the best-selling novel by Emily Griffin of the same name.)

Mud Dessert Bar – Restaurant Reviews

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I thought I would chance a visit to Mud Dessert Bar last night and to say I’ve heard mixed reviews would be being kind. I have heard raves and I’ve heard some really bad reviews too so I decided to check it out for myself to see what all the fuss was about.

My first impressions were good, the interior is beautiful and decadent and completely fits the chocolate theme of the restaurant. We sat outside which I found definitely detracted from the vibe of the place. However it was so packed inside I didn’t want to be crammed in with so many other people.

The menu is bizarre, It’s tapas and  dessert which struck me as a weird combination. I personally think sticking to just desserts would be a better way to go. We had already enjoyed dinner elsewhere so we only checked out the dessert menu which was amazing! The range was impressive and mouth-watering reading, however the prices were rather steep. I expect to pay $19 in an upmarket restaurant but not a sidewalk café.

The range was good at first glance but really it was just all chocolate and ice cream served many different ways with the odd exception of Banoffee Pie and Sorbet. I had a sundae which priced at $16 seemed a bit over the top, and to be honest it was. It was a glorified bowl of ice cream in a pretty glass. My friend had the sorbet and it too was exactly what it was, prettily presented but nothing mind-blowing.

Perhaps I have been spoilt by the amazing offerings at such brilliant dessert restaurants as Freestyle and Max Brenner but this really was pretty average. I’m sure true dessert lovers would enjoy the experience but it left me feeling a tad disappointed.

The service was slow but very friendly, we waited 35 minutes for a cup of coffee and then dessert arrived just before the coffee did. I understand that it was busy but to wait that long seemed ridiculous for a bow of ice cream and a short black.

All the wait staff were a young eclectic mix and very helpful and friendly. They were by far the most appealing part of the whole experience. With two girls in particular making up for all the bad parts of this restaurant. They were friendly, great to deal with and apologetic for the slow service times. The owners should be very pleased that the staff are the saving grace of this rather bland experience.

While I won’t discount giving Mud Dessert Bar another chance they certainly wont get more than that. My overall rating for Mud is not great but check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Service…. 2.5 out of 5

Menu…. 3 out of 5

Staff ….4 out of 5

Ambience….2 out of 5

Overall Rating….2.5 out of 5

Mud Dessert Bar is located in Oxford Street Bulimba.

Day 23 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 23 is your favourite thriller book, Well I love thrillers so I picked one that I think is outstanding ! …

Song 29 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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Song 29 is a song from your childhood , Ahh how I’ve been waiting to torment people with this one ! I hope you get this stuck in your head !

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