Amish Friendship Bread Without A Starter

I lived with a friend's family in between graduating high school and moving to Utah the following January. During the time that I was staying there, a bunch of ladies from church were sharing these Amish Friendship Bread Starters. I knew basically nothing about yeast and bread at the time, but understood it to be some living thing in a baggie on the counter that you had to feed a certain amount of flour to everyday, and then every so often make a yummy loaf of cake like bread out of it.

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The bread was amazing, and I remember for a while there was Amish bread being made on a weekly basis. I imagine at some point my friend's mom must have gotten tired of feeding flour to this thing on the counter everyday and just let it die, or threw it away, but when I tell you that this Amish Friendship Bread was one of the greatest thing I've ever had, I'm being completely serious. 

Fast forward 11 years to last Sunday and all of a sudden I had this craving of, "I need Amish Friendship Bread right now!" But I had no clue how to make a starter, and did not have a week to let it ferment on my counter, so I took to the internet and found this recipe to make Amish Friendship Bread without a starter, and it is every bit as good as the real thing, and gives you bread in an hour, instead of a week.

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This bread is the same consistency of banana bread, so more like cake then bread, but it has this amazing cinnamon sugar mixture that gets melty and delicious in the middle, and sweet and crackly on the top. It's so good, and involved super basic ingredients that you already have on hand. If you need something sweet to eat today, I got you covered. 

For best results, definitely have a piece immediately, but then cover with plastic wrap and set on the counter. The plastic wrap will help retain the moisture and will make it almost even better the second day... if you can let it last that long ;)

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 c buttermilk (or add 1 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup regular milk)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
1/3 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and the sugar. Then add in the egg and vanilla and mix. Add the buttermilk, flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined.

Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. Pour half the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly. Next, sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon mixture over the top, and then cover with the remaining batter, and then sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon mixture.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes until transferring to a cutting board and serving (or cut straight from the pan).

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