Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Pin"spiration - Amish Cinnamon Friendship Bread Without The Wait

My "Pin"spirations are things I have found on or through Pinterest that inspired me to try something new, whether it's a new craft, a new project or a new recipe.

Now that my zucchini stash from the freezer is all used up, my family has been missing the usual loaf of zucchini bread we would have hanging out in the kitchen ready for snacking.

Bananas never last long enough in the house for us to have any over-ripe ones for banana bread. Pumpkin Bread, while yummy anytime of year, requires pumpkin (which, even canned, can be incredibly expensive out of season). And both of those options are best with nuts. The "Pickles" are both in braces (The Girl just started round 2 of her braces) so nuts are out of the question for the foreseeable future.

I had experimented with Amish Friendship Bread a couple years ago. It was very good but after several months, I became pretty slack about keeping up with the starter. We haven't had Friendship Bread since then.

Thanks to Pinterest, a recipe was brought to my attention for Amish Cinnamon Bread without using a starter.

The original recipe didn't specify how large the loaf pans should be. The first time I made this, I used two of my 8.5" x 4.5" Pyrex loaf pans. You need to use something larger. One of the pans OVERFLOWED and the other almost spilled over, too.

I even needed to bake it for 30 minutes longer than the recipe called for.

The bread still tasted fantastic and Mr. LH and I ate almost an entire loaf in one night!

The second time I made this bread (just a few days later), I made four "Texas-Sized" muffins with the batter and then split the rest of the batter between my two loaf pans.

It still rose significantly, but it didn't overflow this time. I also still needed to bake it for an additional 20 minutes. (This may be due to the higher altitude).

While it's not as wonderful as our go-to zucchini bread recipe, and it's not *quite* like Friendship Bread, it's still very, very good. Whenever we run out, Mr. LH asks for more. It might just be our off-season snack bread recipe from now on.

It's kind of funny, much as I've been making this bread lately, I could have just kept a Friendship Bread starter going...

The recipe for Amish Cinnamon Bread can be found on Redfly Creations.

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