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Hi I’m Jen- I'm one lucky lady to be married to the most wonderful man, Jason. I am a mother to three beautiful children, Grant, Norah, who was born with hydrocephalus, and Mason. I love spending my time with my family. I also like to challenge myself with new things. I'm on a constant quest to become more organized, it may never happen but it's a dream. I currently work part-time as a RN in an emergency department. I love this journey of life that I am on with God by my side, knowing that all things are possible when you Believe.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fun with Amish Friendship Bread


While I was home over the 4th of July, one of my sisters sent me home with a starter bag of Amish friendship bread. I was happy to take it. It had been at least a year if not two since we last had a batch, and the bread is never a disappointment. If you've never had Amish Friendship Bread, here's the story. I wonder which keeps going longer, an batch of this bread or the energizer bunny? Well we made our first batch that was delicious, then I had the three batches to share. Well, with the new baby in the house and with Norah keeping us on our toes with lots of appointments right now, I ended up having two bags of starter left, that's enough for eight batches, I like this bread but that's 16 loaves of bread, let's not get crazy. I started to search for recipes that others have made with this mix and I was not disappointed with the variety of recipes I found. Here are two that we tried and tweaked that I had to share and with what was left I put in my freezer. I think that Jason will demand the struesel instead of just the bread from now on. Yup, it's that good.

 

 
Amish Friendship Brownies


In a bowl, combine and mix well:
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Amish Batter
In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1- 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 ½ Tbsp of cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into well greased and sugared 12.5 x17.5 jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Start to check after 25 minutes. Once cool frost with chocolate buttercream frosting.

 
Amish Friendship Streusel


This recipe is just following the basic recipe, it just making the streusal part and baking it that's different.

BASIC RECIPE:
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 walnut or pecans (optional)

Streusal Topping
  • 1 stick butter at room temp
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 C flour
  • cinnamon - as much or little as you like
Mix/cut the ingredients together.

 
Pour ½ of the batter into a greased and sugared 9 x13 glass baking dish. Top with ½ of streusel, then add remaining batter and finish with remaining streusel. Bake as at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, start to check after 35 minutes.


Next time, I think we are going to try lemon poppy seed bread, I hope it's as good as these.

 

1 comment:

SusieQTpies said...

Those brownies look YUMMY! I love making Amish Friendship Bread, too. I've made brownies but not with frosting. I will do that next time. Have you been over to the Friendship Bread Kitchen? You can submit your recipes over there and they link back to your blog to bring you more traffic. Check it out. http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/

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