October 4, 2010

Monday Yums!

I’m sure most of you know all about the amazing deliciousness of Amish Friendship Bread. I absolutely LOVE it!

The pros of this particular bread are that it’s sweet, moist, delicious, and full of cinnamon. It’s practically like cake…and who doesn’t love cake?

However, there are a few downfalls…like the 10 days it takes to “prep” the bread before you can make it. If you have the time, it’s kind of fun to do your daily “squishing of the bag” or feeding the yeast. Unfortunately, sometimes we just want to be able to make it RIGHT NOW and don’t have that luxury with the traditional recipe. Also, by the end of making it a few times, you're swimming in extra starters...

So, here is a “no starter” Amish Friendship Bread recipe. It tastes incredibly close to the real thing and you don’t have to wait almost 2 weeks to enjoy it!

No Starter Amish Friendship Bread

Ingredients:

"Fake" Starter:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour

Bread:

1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (5-1/8 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together your "fake starter" ingredients until fully incorporated.

2. Mix oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla with the "fake starter".

3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, vanilla pudding mix, and nuts (if desired).

4. Add to liquid mixture and stir thoroughly.

5. Pour into two large well-greased 9x5 inch loaf pans, one Bundt pan, or 48 muffin tins (I like to sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mixture onto the greased pans to give it a little "cinnamony crust").

6. Bake at 325ºF for one hour or until done (muffins will take only 30-35 minutes) and enjoy!

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