A fellow 6th grade math teacher gave me a bag of Amish friendship bread starter about a 6 weeks ago and I have been going strong giving away starter and baking bread every ten days since then. The problem now is that I’m running out of friends to give it to! Nothing like realizing you only have 12 friends to really boost the self esteem. Sad day. Anyone in Amarillo need some starter? Let me know. I will even drive it to your house. There is one caveat, you have to then become my friend…
I’ve tried a few variations on the basic cinnamon bread.
- butterscotch pudding with toffee bits
- butterscotch pudding with toffee bits and vanilla chips
- vanilla pudding with pecans
- chocolate pudding with white chocolate chips
These cookies I made last week inspired my latest bread experiment. Seeing as how I had dried cherries, almonds and coconut on hand it only seemed natural to give these ingredients a chance in the bread. I made one loaf plain with vanilla pudding and cinnamon, and to the remaining batter I added the cherries, almonds and coconut; about a handful of each. What am I doing? No measuring? I think I’m turning in to Rachel Ray! Before you know it I am going to be writing EVOO in my posts and giving all my posts super cutesy names! OK, OK. I will not turn in to Rachel Ray. I will tell you that the amounts were about 3/4 cup each. Give or take…
If you have friendship bread starter, then just add 3/4 cup each cherries, sliced almonds and sweetened shredded coconut. If you do NOT have starter, then you can try to make your own using the following recipe from allrecipes.com. After you make the starter you can make the bread! The recipe I have been using is at the bottom of this post. One of the best parts about this bread is the cinnamon sugar coated pans. It gives such a wonderful, crunchy exterior. I used some Sugar in the Raw on top of my loaves and it was incredibly good. Perfect crunchy sweetness.