Many of us, if not most of us, probably have heard of the Amish Friendship bread. You know, the pile of goo in a baggie that sits endlessly on your counter until you are ready to mix it into bread?
I did this many, many years ago and had good result. We completed the cycle a few times, gained some weight and then moved on.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, another bag fell into my hands. I don't do a lot of breads so I was intrigued. Not to mention it of course ran through my head that this could have a great blog segment potential. Isn't it amazing once you become a food blogger you tend to see things as "how can I blog about this"?
Ok, back on track. So I played with the bag for the 10 days and then came baking day. Now, I've said before that I am NOT a baker and have had some disastrous results. So I tried to keep my expectations in check, realistically predicting that the first batch could turn out horribly and thus, end my cycle before it really even began.
This was unbelievably delicious. Words cannot express how good this was. Granted there was more sugar in this than I eat in a year but it was GOOOOOOOD! Seriously, the ingredients are like sugar, sugar, vanilla pudding, cinnamon and sugar. So how can it not be good!
Clearly I am not trying to sell this as a healthy bread. Actually, lets be honest, this isn't bread, it's cake. There is no redeeming quality in this bread but for the fact that it will make your mouth ginormously happy and temporarily help you to forget all your stresses and troubles as it is swimming deliciously in your mouth.
So go ahead and make it as therapy. :-)
So this required a starter to ferment for 10 days until ready to bake. My recipe that I received says that "only the Amish know how to create the secret starter". Well, apparently they have let the cat out of the bag shared it with the internet as there are many recipes for a starter. Like this.
So my starter came with a recipe for Cinnamon Bread. I knew there were other varieties. So I looked up on the internet and found about 150,000 tasty ideas for this bread. So, my plan is to bake several kinds and share the results with you. If you have any ideas, let me know, I'd love to hear them!
About a cup of starter or more (after the 10 days)
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Spray 2 large loaf pans with cooking spray (the Amish probably don't use cooking spray but I'm not Amish). Mix the topping and dust the pans with about 1/2 the mixture.
Combine all the bread ingredients and stir to combine. Pour batter evenly into the 2 pans and sprinkle with remaining sugar over the top. Bake for about 1 hour (one of my larger loafs took about 10 minutes longer). Cool until bread loosens from pan, about 10 minutes. Turn out onto serving dish and back away as the family stampedes to get at this bread.
**I'm not going to keep track of calories for this bread. I don't even want to THINK about how many calories are in this. I do plan on gifting one loaf every time. There are plenty of people who I know who would love a loaf or a half of a loaf. With 6 of us here plus daycare kids, the other loaf will get eaten hopefully without one person (me) consuming TOO many calories.