Friendship Bread Part 2: Cinnamon & Sugar Bread

Ten days ago, we made Amish Friendship Bread starter. Now it’s time to put that starter to use by making two loaves of Cinnamon & Sugar Bread. You will also have enough starter leftover to give to friends and keep the circle unbroken.

Friendship Bread is a great way to spark a friendship or share some good cheer with a neighbor. Learn how to make the starter here. When the starter is ready — it needs to sit on your kitchen counter for 10 days — you can make some bread.

This starter can be used for making sourdough bread, chocolate muffins, zucchini bread, and many more kinds of bread. On today’s video,  we’ll make Cinnamon & Sugar Bread.

We will also show you how to refresh the starter so that you can share it with friends and family who can make their own bread. Ideally, the folks you give the starter will follow your instructions and make more starters to give to their friends. You’ve started a baking chain reaction!

Before you begin your bread, refresh your starter by adding to it half a cup each of milk, sugar and flour. Use a nonmetallic mixing bowl and utensils. This will give you one cup of starter to bake with, one cup to begin a new batch of starter and two cups to give away.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Makes two loaves of bread.

Cinnamon & Sugar Friendship Bread

  • 1 cup of the start mix
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • Salt (optional)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packages vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz boxes)
  • 1 cup walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Cinnamon Sugar

To every 1 tbsp sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon powder.

Bake at 325 degrees, check at 30 minutes, bake an additional 20-30 minutes.

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