Incufestians, this is what I sent on behalf of all of us to our new friend Joe Lilak at REN Management for being our 500th Incufest guest, and for all the great giveaways from the Incubus vault. I just heard from him, and he said the cookies had arrived in Beverly Hills and the whole office had enjoyed them.
I was going to send an Amish cake (the same thing I brought to the Incubus M&G last year), but I realized I don’t have any more starters. (Looks like there’s another 300-mile road trip in my future to get a starter from a friend upstate. Yeah, the cake is that good.) So instead I sent a few dozen of these beauties, the best cookies I know how to make. Here’s the recipe, if you’re so inclined. (I used walnuts instead of salted almonds.) Wish I could share some of these with all of you. ♥☀
You gave Incubus a cake!? Did they like it? Recipe please?
Yes, and they seemed very appreciative, but I’m sure the cake never even got unwrapped, let alone eaten. I mean, would you eat something a total stranger gave you, especially if you had to go on stage in a few hours? At least it was a conversation starter, since I’m not very good at talking to famous people, especially those who are so dazzling you don’t know up from down when you’re in their presence.
Here’s the recipe, but speaking of starters, you won’t be able to make it unless somebody gives you one. I used to have a recipe for making cake starter from scratch, but was never able to do it. You have to let it ferment for a month, and I never got past the first few days without it getting moldy, but this could be because I live in Florida where it’s very humid. You might have better luck depending on where you live, so just Google it and you’ll probably find a bunch of different recipes for starters. I once drove 150 miles (each way) to get a starter from a friend, because all my starters died (yes, they die if you keep them for too long). If you can get yourself a starter, please let me know how it turns out.
Amish Friendship Cake (a.k.a. Amish Friendship Bread)
Day 1: This is the day you receive the starter. Do not refrigerate it. People who make this cake usually keep their starters in ziplock bags, which doesn’t sound very Amish, but…
Days 2 through 5: Squeeze the bag.
Day 6: Add 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk. Squeeze the bag.
Days 7 through 9: Squeeze the bag.
Day 10: Combine batter and 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk in a large glass bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon. Pour three 1-cup starters into separate gallon-size ziplock bags. Keep one, give two away with the recipe to friends. (The new starters may be kept 3 months in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer until you are ready to make more cakes.)
To remaining batter in glass bowl, add:
1 cup oil, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 large eggs, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 cups flour, ½ cup milk, and 1 large box instant vanilla pudding. (Again, I can’t imagine how the Amish manage to get their hands on instant vanilla pudding, so I can’t really vouch for the authenticity of this recipe. Maybe it should be called “Amish-esque?” Anyway, it’s the friendship part that’s most important, right?)
Pour batter into 2 large loaf pans, well greased and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Dust the top with cinnamon and sugar and chopped nuts (if desired). Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Give to your favorite band in delusional hope that they’ll remember you for it.
So it’s 4/20, and I have to go to an all-day departmental meeting that is likely to be beyond hellacious. We’re all dreading it, so it occurred to me that it might be helpful to bring some “special” brownies (not that I’d have the slightest idea where to obtain the key ingredient, even on a day like today). But, since I need my job, I thought better of it, and went scouring the web in search of an alternative (i.e. legal) recipe. These Mayan Brownies kind of spoke to me, so I made a batch, and they’ve just come out of the oven. Wow. I highly (no pun intended) recommend them if you find yourself with a bad case of the munchies today. Just remember, dears - in all things (chocolate or otherwise) - moderation. ♥