Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread JB Style (White Chocolate, Cranberry, Grand Marnier Amish Friendship Bread)

I had a friend at work give me an Amish Friendship Bread starter a little while ago. I was so excited, I'd never received a starter before. I fed it and mushed it and made it my own. Here is what I did.

But, first, before I get to the recipe, I have a question. Why do some men put all of their baseball caps in the back window of their cars? I can't tell you how many times I have driven down the street behind a car with a back window completely bedazzled with baseball caps, at least ten or so...all lined up...getting completely subleached in the back of the car. What is the thought process behind this? When I buy a hat, I buy it so I can wear it, not throw it in the back of my car? Does anyone have a father, brother, uncle who does this? Please explain.

Day 1: Receive starter
Day 2-5: Mush the bag
Day 6: Add 1 cup each, four, sugar, milk. (I added 1/3 cup of each because I didn't want four starters from this bag - I only wanted one to keep going)
Day 7-9: Mush the bag
Day 10: MAKE BREAD! Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. (I didn't want to make 3 starters, I only wanted 1, so I added 1/3 cup of everything which yielded 1 cup starter and 1 cup of batter for bread making.) To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.

1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 - (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts

(I wanted to give you the original recipe in case you wanted it, but this is how I made it.)

3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Grand Marnier
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt
1 cup frozen whole cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
grated zest of one orange.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Rating = So Damn Good


erin said...

Yeah, can't tell you why guys do the baseball cap thing. Is it an East Coast thing? I never see that out here in the Midwest. Better than the beanie babies or those weird dogs with the bobbing heads though.

Amish friendship bread is something I've been meaning to veganize - thanks for the tasty variation ideas!

stoned fox said...

Leave it to you to put alcohol in an AMISH bread.

Mia King said...

This recipe looks amazing! I'd love to cross-post it on the Friendship Bread Kitchen Facebook page, which just launched yesterday. It's actually the early stages for a much bigger Friendship Bread project later the in the year -- can you email me at In the meantime, would love to post the image(s) and recipe with credit to you and a link back. Let me know if this would be okay -- we'll be loading up the FBK page over the next week and would love to include this!


JB said...

Erin, I'm thinking of making a completely vegan one as well, I'll post when I do.