Amish Friendship Bread without a Starter! This Amish Bread is super soft, fluffy, and covered in an irresistible cinnamon sugar mixture! The secret to the fluffiness is the buttermilk in the dough!
What is Amish Friendship Bread?
A looong time ago a friend gave me a bag of mush and told me to follow the rules – to knead it, add things to it, and speak nice things to it, and one day it would turn into a glorious loaf of Amish Bread. I did those things, and 5 years later (ok, a few days!), it indeed, was a glorious loaf of Amish bread! And it even left me with more mush to give away to my friends, spreading love from one kitchen to another. But, quite frankly, who has time to knead a bag of mush for several days? “Not I” says the cat!
For many years I thought If I wanted to taste that delicious friendship bread again, I would need to be given a bag of mush (aka an Amish bread “starter”). Then Pinterest was born and anything became possible (I know full well that it was possible before Pinterest, but I like to pretend that life didn’t exist before the days of pinning). And so today, I bring you this divine Amish Bread (adapted from Red Fly Creations), that has been tried and proven true for your kitchen. Good news – it only takes an hour to make rather than days!
All ready for the oven.
OH BOY – check out that cinnamon and sugar!!
Amish Friendship Bread Recipe:
This recipe is simple because it only requires a handful of ingredients, most of which you definitely have around if you occasionally bake. Plus, there’s only about 10-15 minutes of preparation before you throw the bread in the oven! I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of recipe.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- In another bowl, or in a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and eggs and then add the buttermilk, flour, and baking soda.
- Divide 1/2 of the batter into two greased loaf pans (in other words, 1/4 of the mix in each pan). Sprinkle some of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter in each pan, reserving about 1/4 to sprinkle on the tops.
- Evenly add remaining batter to your two pans, and then sprinkle on the rest of your cinnamon topping.
- Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until baked through. Cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy!
Amish Friendship Bread without Starter
You can thank the buttermilk for allowing you to have this delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread without a starter! If you’re extra anxious to eat this bread, but don’t have any buttermilk on hand, here are some substitution options:
- 2 cups milk + 2 TB vinegar
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups plain greek yogurt
Take a good look at that cinnamon sugar layer in the center of the bread! I’m already drooling just thinking about the soft, fluffy inside and crispy, cinnamon-y outside. If this bread doesn’t help you make instant friends, I don’t know what will! 😉
For more of our favorite (quick!) bread recipes, check out:
- Glazed Blueberry Bread
- White Chocolate Lemon Bread
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Zucchini Bread
- Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Amish Bread Recipe
Seriously one of the easiest bread recipes you'll ever try! This Amish Bread is super soft, fluffy, and covered in an irresistible cinnamon sugar mixture! The secret to the fluffiness is the buttermilk in the dough!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Set aside
Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add buttermilk, flour, and baking soda. Divide ½ of the batter into two greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter in each pan, reserving about ¼ to sprinkle on the top.
Evenly add remaining batter to your two pans; sprinkle the rest of your cinnamon topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until baked through.
Cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!
HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 2 loaves
ANY CHANGES MADE: added just a little more cinnamon
ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: none
Adapted from Red Fly Creations.