Chain-Letter Cinnamon Bread

The bread that keeps on giving

About six weeks ago, we were gifted a so-called “Amish Cinnamon Bread” yeast starter in a zip-top bag that came along with a somewhat cryptic-sounding recipe. Due to my affinity for baking, I decided to take charge of the project. After waiting ten days and “mushing” the bag everyday, it eventually yielded what it promised – one deliciously moist cake, and four baggies of starter batter for friends.

I couldn’t help but begin to think of this adventure in baking as an edible chain letter, and low and behold, not long after that initial baking and gifting of starters on consenting friends and family, one came back to us last week. After another ten days of mushing and feeding, we had new yeasty, bready cakes to gift on unsuspecting friends. I chose to bake them into two smaller loaves this time, and they came out perfectly sized for holiday gifts.

So now we come to today, where I find myself incubating yet another four baggies of starter, and wondering whether this cake chain will ever end. This time I’ve opted to keep all four for now, and bake up a holiday extravaganza when they are ready. Who knows, I might even smuggle future starters across state lines to give out to my mother and grandmother around the new year.

It makes me wonder where the yeast starter in our original batch came from, and how many batches it had come from before that. How far will our starter’s progeny travel before someone finally gives up and bakes the whole thing? Will you, dear reader, receive one? Or have you already participated in such a “chain cake” before? Have you ever even heard of such a thing?

Edit: This recipe on Foodista is similar to the one we used, though not exactly the same.
Amish Bread on Foodista

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About this author:  My approach to food has always been to taste first and ask questions later, which is why I am attracted to or at least interested in nearly every type of flavor food can exhibit. With an extensive background of study in the language and culture of Japan, I initally became interested in food preparation with regards to traditional homestyle dishes such as niku-jaga ("meat and potatoes" stew) and atsu-age tofu, but one thing led to another and food began to "consume" my brain in a way that started showing up in everything I cooked from then on. This blog serves as another step on the path towards my culinary enlightenment *^_^* Read more from this author...


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3 Responses to “Chain-Letter Cinnamon Bread”

  1. RemiNo Gravatar

    That’s awesome! It looks totally delicious and I would love to receive one in Australia…do you have any idea where the original was from? Could I buy it?

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  2. MarilynNo Gravatar

    I’ve been a proud recipient of this cake starter for about two months now. My first try was a delicious mistake. I forgot to take out the four starters and just baked the whole thing. It was outrageous! You can use metal pans. I don’t think you can possibly mess up this cake. I made in in a convection and it was wonderful. Its just like eating a cinnamon muffin. I have also made them into muffins.

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  3. Alisa@FoodistaNo Gravatar

    I remember back then, giving out friendship bracelets was quite popular, i had a friend who gave me a starter dough instead.I didn’t know what to make of it,but my mom was excited to do it.Your bread looks delicious!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

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