June 22, 2014

Amish Friendship Cinnamon Bread Alternative {without a starter}


Have you ever had real Amish Friendship Bread?  The kind that is made with a "starter"?  It is one of the best breads I have ever eaten, but it isn't a bread that you can jump up and make the second you get a craving.  The "starter" takes at least 10 days to be ready.  Check out this post if you are interested in the original version.

I pinned a recipe a long time ago that claimed to be just as good as Amish Cinnamon Bread.  I tried it once as mini loaves, but filled the pans too full and it wasn't very pretty.  

Months went by and I finally tried again, but as a regular loaf.  
It turned out so GOOD!  Whether you eat it warm with butter or at room temperature, it doesn't matter, it will be delicious.  It is so soft and moist and I even used half butter and half applesauce.  

The cinnamon sugar crust on top will have you going back for slice after slice.  

Now, this isn't quite the same as actual Amish Friendship Bread, but it is a good alternative for when you get that craving.  Next time, I am thinking of cutting back on the sugar and adding some vanilla pudding mix instead.  If you try it let me know what you think.

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Amish Friendship Cinnamon Bread Alternative
adapted from: Red Fly Creations
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened (I used 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. applesauce)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Cinnamon/Sugar Topping
1/3 c. sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.  Add the buttermilk, flour, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.  Spread half of the batter into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan.  Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.  Gently spread remaining batter over the top and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.  No need to swirl it with a knife, but you can if you want.  Bake for 48-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in loaf pan for 15-20 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert to a wire rack and cool.  Makes 1 loaf.    
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19 comments:

  1. I have never made a recipe like this, it sounds delicious! =)
    Pinned.

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    1. Really? You have got to try it. The original version is fun when you have friends to share the "starter" with and when you have the time to do it, but this alternative is great for a quicker version! Thanks for the pin.

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  2. I have had REAL Amish Friendship Bread and it is out of this world good!! This also looks delicious!! I'm pinning it to try!! Thanks Jenn!!

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    1. I know, huh! The REAL thing is really out of this world! Thanks for the pin.

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  3. I've never even heard of this but it looks amazing!!

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    1. It is such a good bread recipe!! You should try it sometime. Thanks.

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  4. Jenn, I love recipes that can be made right when you get that craving! This cinnamon action looks divine!

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    1. Yes, lots of cinnamon action going on!! Thanks.

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  5. This bread is so good. When I made it last time I had to use vinegar and skim milk in place of the buttermilk. I have real buttermilk today and I bet it will be even more amazing. Love this recipe. Thank you!

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  6. Do you know how to start one the old way? I will try this one but would love to start one from a starter one thanks

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    1. Yes, I do!! Here is a link to the starter: http://www.eatcakefordinner.net/2010/09/amish-friendship-bread.html

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  7. If you spray your pan and sugar the pan before you pour your mixture in you will have a crispy sugary crust. Way better. ( if that's possible)

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  8. Would this recipe work in a 13x9 pan? or should I double it?

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  9. I made this and the texture was beautiful. Got lots of compliments. Nice one!

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    1. So glad to hear!! Thanks for letting me know.

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  10. This recipe was delicious! I made it with a few vegan tweaks and it was still amazing! I subbed ground flaxseed and water for the egg and subbed in almond milk with apple cider vinegar for buttermilk and then i subbed earth balance vegan sticks for butter.

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    1. That is awesome! Thanks for the tips on how to make it vegan.

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