friendship bread … for those of us without friends

For those of you who:

1. Live in the Midwest

2. Work in an office/are a member of a congregation/are gullible

3. Eat.

You may have fallen victim to the classic bait and switch that is AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD.

Basically the jig goes like this:

A colleague/fellow worshiper/person-that-knows-you-are-a-sucker comes to you and offers you a piece of “Amish friendship bread.”  It looks moist and delicious, and even though they claim it is “Amish” and that brings up horrible memories of that awful show they keep advertising, they tell you the recipe includes PUDDING so you eat a slice … or five.

But even before the guilt of eating 2/3 of the pudding bread consumes you, your dastardly co-worker hits you with an obligation as dense as the carbs settling into your stomach.

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The BAG OF STARTER, which one website calls “not just the way to a delicious and sweet bread, it is also a way to bond friends by sharing countless loaves of bread baked in different kitchens that all began from the same bowl of simple ingredients.”

Did you read “countless loaves of bread” too?

Each person who is duped into this arrangement immediately receives a plastic bag filled with a gooey, yellow liquid, known as DAY 1.

The directions continue as follows:

Day 2 – stir

Day 3 – stir

Day 4 – stir

Day 5 – Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.

Day 6 – stir

Day 7 – stir

Day 8 – stir

Day 9- – stir

Day 10 – Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the following recipe for baking the bread.Day 9 – stir

After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:

2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Using a fork beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).

Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour (individual oven temperatures vary). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.

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Are you still there?

The one time I tried to complete this assignment, the bread was horribly overcooked and only edible for a day before it turned into an Amish Enemy Bludgeoning Tool.

Therefore, I was thrilled to find a recipe for the bread, without the fortnight of chores:

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Amish Cinnamon Bread (makes two loaves)

 1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice (I dd the latter and it turned out great)
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1. Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs.  Add milk, flour, and baking soda.
2. Fill greased loaf pans half full.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of batter in each pan.
3. Add remaining batter on top ; sprinkle with more cinnamon topping.  Swirl with a knife.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.  or until toothpick tester come clean.
5. Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
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We enjoyed this recipe all week long, no Bludgeoning Tools in sight.  Enjoy!

All credit goes to the blog Redfly Creations.

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One thought on “friendship bread … for those of us without friends

  1. Mom January 25, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    Finally a recipe where you don’t have to remember to punch the goo every day, although that is theraputic!

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