Amish Friendship Bread

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It’s one of the most delicious quick breads that you will ever taste, and you’ve just GOT to share it with friends! This easy Amish Friendship Bread is laced with notes of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet breakfast, snack or dessert that pairs perfectly with a warm cup of coffee.

Have you guys heard about Amish Friendship Bread before? I recently tried it for the first time when my friend Jackie brought me some of her bread (along with a bag of the starter), and I was hooked. I just had to share this with all of you! After all, you’re my friends, right?!

Before we get into the details of exactly what Amish Friendship Bread is, let me just say that this is one of the best quick breads that I’ve ever made! It’s so moist, so rich in flavor, and so warmly spiced for the season.

Thanks to a cinnamon-sugar topping, you get a great sweet crust on the top and a fluffy, tender inside. You’re seriously going to love it!

“A sweet cinnamon bread that requires a batch of Amish Friendship Bread Starter. For variations, add your favorite fruits and/or nuts!”

I hate to burst bubbles, but after several cycles of making this recipe, I got suspicious of what the starter was actually adding to the mix. So I just completed two loafs: one with 1/2 c. starter and one exactly the same without the starter. the breads came out virtually the same!!!! I was hoping the starter would add a tang or ? but there was no taste difference and we actually preferred the texture without the starter, it was a bit moister?!? So I’m afraid I will omit the starter in the future….

My boss gave me a list of his variations. In each one, he adds a box of pudding mix (whatever flavor you choose). It makes the bread very moist, and it stays moist for days. Our favorites include: add 1 cup of craisins (dried cranberries), 1 cup of walnuts, and 1 box of vanilla pudding. Another includes: 1 smashed banana, 1 cup of walnuts, and 1 box of banana cream pudding. Yet another is 1 cup white chocolate chips, 1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped), and 1 box of white chocolate pudding. YUM!!! These are always big hits, and are great for the holidays! I’ll warn you though, you may think you’ve done something wrong when you mix these in on day 10, because the batter is more the consistancy of cake batter than of bread dough, but it’s OK, it bakes up just like bread.

If you were to ask a real live person who has made Amish Friendship Bread, you might hear something like this: “It’s a gloopy, unappetizing substance in a bag that you mash for ten days before baking the most heavenly bread in the world.”

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