For Catholics only: what’s the deal with Pope Pius Bread / Our Lady’s Bread / The Cake of our Lady the Virgin Mary?May 17th, 2007
It’s been making the rounds, so I felt compelled to check it out.
If you’re a Catholic, and next time someone gives you a dough with a recipe and insists that his or her offer cannot be refused, beware.
This has been called the chain letter of the cooking world, a mutated version of the Amish Friendship Bread in the US.
In fact, if you read the recipe for the Amish bread, it looks suspiciously similar to the recipe of the so-called Pope Pius Bread.
So far, I have only found reference to Pope Pius Bread among Asians (including Australia) and that the first mention of it was in March this year.
Check out this detailed discussion of the matter by Audrey of Kuching, a devout Catholic, who “suspected that somebody adapted this [Amish] Friendship Bread and turned it into some kind of Marian devotion, for the purpose known only to that person who created it. ”
Also, check out this discussion forum at catholic.org.
What do you think? Would you make the cake too?