It’s time for the Second Biennial Friendship Bread Kitchen Bake and Take!
You may have heard about Bake and Takes in your community, or read about it in my first novel, Friendship Bread. If you were a part of the Kitchen community in March 2011, you may have even participated. Whatever the case, Bake and Takes are a wonderful way to help those in need or to show appreciation for the people in your life.
It sounds like a great idea but who should I give the bread to?
Consider the person who delivers your mail, who drives the carpool, who checks your membership card at the gym, who bags your groceries, who helped you at the hospital when you were sick. The person down the street that you give a wave to every day but have never stopped to say hello. The administration office for the place where you volunteer. The volunteers. The librarians. The men and women who keep our homes, and our countries, safe. Check with your local food bank. Hospice. Senior centers. And don’t forget family and friends–we sometimes take the people closest to us for granted. You can include them, too.
That’s a lot of people! How much baking are we talking about here?
It’s entirely up to you. If you were planning to bake this month, just make an extra batch or two of the bread. The intention behind the Bake and Take is to reach out to someone and show appreciation or offer kindness. That’s all!
How do I begin?
You can do this as a group or on your own. Sit down and spend 10-15 minutes writing down names of people or organizations you are grateful for, or people who have offered you kindness that you’d like to thank them for. If you’re in a group, spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts and stories. Then look at your list again and see which name(s) seem to stand out. If this is the first time you’ve done anything like this (other than for the holidays or classroom/office level baking!), I would recommend only choosing 2 to 4 people to start so it doesn’t become too big a project that overwhelms you.
Once you’ve decided who you’re going to bake for, you need to take a moment to decide what you’re going to bake with your Amish Friendship Bread starter. Fortunately this is where the Friendship Bread Kitchen can help! We have so many recipes to choose from, all of which can be made into loaves, mini loaves, mini Bundt cakes, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, even cookies! Choose a variation that you think they may like, then choose a baking day. Plan to drop off your gifts the same or following day.
When shopping for ingredients, remember that some people have food allergies to nuts, dairy or wheat. Rather than worry about who may have what, I recommend including the Amish Friendship Bread instructions and recipe and indicating the kind of loaf you’ve given them (Lemon Poppyseed or Chocolate Walnut). If for some reason they are unable to eat it, they will be able to pass it on to someone who can. All of our recipes are easily printable, so please feel free to use them, too!
If you’re giving the loaves to people you don’t know personally, you don’t need to leave personal information beyond your first name but do let them know why you are thankful for them and why you’re baking for them. Choose packaging such as cellophane gift bags, wax paper bags or foil, Ziploc bags or containers, etc. that does not obligate the recipient to return anything to you. You can dress it up with a simple bow or ribbon.
We’d love to hear your stories!
As you may know by now, we love the real-life stories that come from sharing Amish Friendship Bread. If you choose to share your March Bake and Take story with us at the Kitchen, you’ll be entered to win one of two $15 Amazon gift cards. The two winners will also be featured in an upcoming Friendship Bread Kitchen publication, Friends from the Kitchen.
I want to do this!
Terrific! First, leave a comment below stating your intention to be a part of our first Bake and Take. Then come back when you are done to share your story. Remember to include:
- your city and state (or country, if not in the US);
- who you’re baking for;
- why you’re baking for them (what did they do that you’re thankful for? Or why did you choose to bake for them?); and
- what kind of Amish Friendship Bread you gave them.
The Second Annual Friendship Bread Kitchen Bake and Take runs from March 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013. Thank you so much for sharing what you have with others!
Participating Kitchen Friends (read who they baked for in the comments below!):
- Kira Endicott from Winfield, KS
- Cheryl Olson from Indianapolis, IN
- Nancy Hubbard from from Walla Walla, WA
- Alyson Krumwiede from Severn, MD
- Beverly Horner from Ulysses, KS
- Michele Neiber from Rockford, IL
- Barb Eckols from Hill City, KS