With this recipe for No-Starter Amish Friendship Bread, there is all the flavor of a traditional Amish Friendship Bread but none of the wait!
NO-STARTER AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
If you aren’t familiar with Amish Friendship Bread then you are missing out on some of the yummiest sweet bread you’ve ever tasted. Growing up, this bread was popular among the Navy wives in our little base community.
WHAT IS A BREAD STARTER?
To make the traditional Amish Friendship Bread, you need to get a “bread starter” from one of your friends (or make it yourself). The starter is made with a mixture of flour, sugar and milk placed into a resealable bag.You knead the bag once a day for a few days And then you have to “feed” it a few days after that. After the tenth day, you can divide it all up into 10 resealable bags and pass them out to friend, hence the name, Friendship Bread). They can then make the bread by adding a few more ingredients to the starter or start the process all over again to make more starters. Bottom line, it takes a bit of time and dedication.
FRIENDSHIP IS STILL IN THE BREAD
To keep the “friendship” in the friendship bread, I decided to make some mini loaves of this bread. Instead of getting a “starter” to make their own bread, my friends will get some they can eat today. All you need are a few mini loaf pans. This recipe will make 8 mini loaves or 2 regular loaves. These make wonderful back-to-school teacher’s gifts as well. Your whole home will smell delicious as these are baking! Cool crisp air and warm sweet bread straight from the oven – there’s nothing better!
for the cinnamon sugar mixture:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
for the Amish Friendship Bread:
3 cups real buttermilk
2 cups oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 (3.4 oz) small boxes instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
HOW TO MAKE AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD:
Preheat oven to 325f degrees. Spray two bread loaf pans (or 8 mini loaf pans) with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture on the sides and bottom of loaf pans.
In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then, slowly stir in flour and instant vanilla pudding. Finally, gently stir in chopped walnuts.Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Sprinkle the tops with rest of the Sugar In The Raw®/cinnamon mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes (for mini loaves) and about an hour for full-size loaves.
It smells heavenly!Allow to cool completely. Then gently remove the loaves and pack them into cellophane bags.
NO-STARTER AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
- cinnamon sugar mixture for pans and tops of breads* (see below in notes)
- 3 cups real buttermilk
- 2 cups oil
- 6 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat oven to 325f degrees. Spray two 8x4-inch bread loaf pans (or 8 mini loaf pans) with nonstick cooking spray.
- Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture on the sides and bottom of loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla.
- Stir in sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Then, slowly stir in flour and instant vanilla pudding.
- Finally, gently stir in chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
- Sprinkle the tops with rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes (for mini loaves) and about an hour for full-size loaves.
- Allow to cool completely. Then gently remove the loaves and pack them into cellophane bags.
Recipe credit: Friendship Bread Kitchen