Smile, It’s WIAW (Amish Friendship Bread)

My butt is so cold right now.

Sorry, too much information you guys. I’m just so stinking happy. Seriously, I’m grinning from ear to ear. Hat-covered ears I may add.

If for some reason you are pinning my image, you are weird and awesome.

You see, on Friday I said that I was going to be stargazing for my astronomy class, but that ended up being cancelled due to bad weather. This week is the last chance for students to do it, and my teacher said that with the weather we’ve been having, the chances were just not very good that they would be able to hold anymore stargazes this semester. Since completing one was required for my class, you can just imagine the mental breakdown I had when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to do it. There were a lot of tears, a lot of talks with my mom, and finally at the end of it all… acceptance. I had to accept that it was my fault, nothing could be changed, and I would just be more proactive with my next class. (Edited to add: I still would have received credit for my class if I hadn’t been able to go the stargazing, but since it was mandatory my grade would have dropped significantly.)Β 

As my mom said in one of our Facebook conversations, “Remember all of these life experiences make us stronger.” To which my response was, “Ya. Ya.” πŸ™„ But I knew she was right.

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Why may you ask am I smiling then? Because I didn’t give up. I kept on calling the planetarium, hoping each night that the automated voicemail would change, saying that the stargaze was on for that night. And finally it was.

All of the praying and hoping, and tonight I got to stand on the top of the astronomy building roof with a wind chill below 5 degrees and look at the stars with 19 other students who would rather have been anywhere but there. As I said, my butt is cold. Like so cold that I have been sitting inside for 30 minutes and it still hasn’t “defrosted” yet. But that’s okay. Because I’m happy.

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Do you know what else makes me happy?

Seeing all of the bloggers who have signed up so far to help with my 12 Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes. It is going to be amazing. If you haven’t already, check out what we are up to, and if there are still spots left when you read this, sign up! πŸ™‚

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Another thing that makes me happy would be that it’s Wednesday. Aka the best day of the week (well, as far as the blogging week is concerned at least).

The recipe that I am sharing today is a quick version of the usually yeast-based Amish Friendship Bread. If you have never tried the original recipe, you are missing out. It requires a process of letting the bag of batter sit for 10 days, with you mixing new ingredients in every few days. Then when the 10 days are up you take 1/4 of the batter and add a whole bunch of other ingredients (like flour, sugar, pudding mix, etc.) and then bake it up into wonderful loaves. With the remaining batter you now have more bags to pass onto friends (hence the “friendship” part of the title) or to freeze and keep for yourself.

What do you do when you don’t have a batch of starter lying around though? Or what if you just don’t want to wait 10 days for loaves of deliciously sweet bread? Enter my solution:

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut/Dairy-Free Options, Paleo

Makes 2 loaves, 8 thick slices each

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt (I used cow but coconut would also work to make this dairy-free) + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil/butter/ghee
  • 1 cup granulated sweetener (I used Monk Fruit in the Raw, but coconut sugar, date sugar or baking stevia would work too)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • milk (as needed— reference notes section below)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or homemade carob chips)
  • granulated sweetener and cinnamon for topping

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two loaf pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and vinegar; set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. After the yogurt has set, combine the eggs, oil, granulated sweetener, yogurt and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. (Add milk if using all purpose flour to consistency).
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Divide the batter equally among the two lined pans. Sprinkle some granulated sweetener and cinnamon.
  7. Bake for 60-120 minutes. (I give the large range here because you should be checking probably starting at 1 hour and then in frequent intervals thereafter. This bread took about 90 minutes for me to bake, but oven temperatures vary so much, as do ingredients, that it would be wise to check often. Also, I baked the two loaves together in the oven, so if you bake them separately you will need to cut the baking time). The bread will be done when there is a golden crust on top, it springs back to the touch, and a toothpick comes out clean. Check for all 3 to ensure a perfectly baked bread.
  8. Let cool for at least half an hour before slicing. Enjoy!

*Notes: To make this grain-free use almond flour (or another nut/seed flour). The grain-free version fell for me in the middle a bit and isn’t as pretty as these pictures, but Β it was still equally delicious. You can also use all purpose flour as most of the pictures reflect, but you will probably have to add some milk to thin the batter out. I added about 1/2 cup milk to reach a good, pourable consistency. And though not tested, an all purpose gluten-free flour blend should also work well in here; add additional milk if needed.

Quick and Healthy Amish Friendship Bread (With Paleo and Non-Paleo Directions!)

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting this lovely weekly round-up where we all get together and share great food!


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Questions for you:

  • What is making you smile today?
  • Is there anything that you almost gave up hope on, but ultimately came through for you?
  • How cold is it where you live?Β 
  • Have you ever tried Amish Friendship Bread before?
  • What are you sharing for WIAW this week?
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36 thoughts on “Smile, It’s WIAW (Amish Friendship Bread)

  1. I remember a similar cake/bread going around when I was in high school. That was very long ago!
    We have been blessed with a very mild fall and winter so far, 30 to 40 Β°F and very little snow. I like it! A little bit more snow look be pretty, though.

  2. Glad to hear after all that debacle you could end it with a smile on your face! I’ve heard of the Amish Friendship bread before- I’ll have to give that recipe a go! This week’s WIAW is all about the overflowing nut butter… πŸ˜‰

    • My next goal is to make a legitimate Amish Friendship Bread allergy-free. It may be years before I post that recipe though since you have to wait 10 days each time to fin out if it works!

      If you make the bread, I’d suggest with regular flour so it’s all fluffy and pretty πŸ™‚

  3. Yay I’m so happy you were able to complete the class!! That is great πŸ™‚

    So loving this recipe too it looks hearty and delicious!!

    It is meant to be summer here but it had just been raining and cold with a few warm days inbetween. Not fun!

  4. I’m hugely impressed you went out there and stood in the cold! But good job on hitting that extra session to get what you needed to for your class. Persistence is key! Hehe. And I love that you were chatting to your mum via Facebook – techno-rocking mum!
    The bread looks fantastic. Really scrummy.

    • It was a long hour. That’s for sure! About half the time we spent in a non-heated room on the roof, but it was a nice break from the wind at least.

      My mom and I both have defective phones so it’s the only way we can chat. I don’t even want to tell you how long it took to teach her the ins and outs of Facebook.

      Thanks Anna! (And no coconut flour! πŸ˜‰ )

  5. Yay!!! That’s awesome that you were able to complete your class πŸ™‚ Good for you for both being willing to accept it if you couldn’t BUT for also being persistent and not giving up! And oh my goodness, that bread looks amazing. I’ve had it before and really enjoyed it, but I never have the time or patience to actually follow the ten day process myself haha. Bookmarking this so I can finally make it on my own! It’s absolutely freezing here in the burgh, too, and I’ll be heading out shortly for a run, which is both making me smile and grimace….I have a feeling it will be awhile before I warm up after this one πŸ˜›

    • Thanks Caitlin. I just feel 100 times more upbeat now! But still entirely ready for this semester to be over. 1 1/2 more weeks.

      Now I’ll admit this doesn’t taste exactly like the 10 day version, but my brother who is the Amish Bread-loving king loved it all the same. I’m not sure how I ever lasted in waiting that long to make the original!

      Hope you have a good run. And that your behind doesn’t get frozen like mine. Lol.

  6. I was seriously hoping your recipe wasn’t going to have to sit around for 10 days, because I’m not sure I’d be able to wait that long to stuff my face with this loaf — holy.delicious! I’ve never heard of Amish Friendship bread, but if the purpose is to make or keep friends, I can see it being very effective.

    PS – you’re adorable… and your smile is gorgeous πŸ˜€

    • 10 days is just TOO long. But seriously, try the original some time and you will be in love. So good!

      But this is a great substitute if you don’t have the patience that I too am lacking.

      PS – You are making me blush 😳 Thanks Amanda.

  7. So happy to hear that in the end you were able to complete your class. What a huge sigh of relief. What your mom said true. They really do know it all =)

    What’s making me smile today – Being able to talk with my Mom multiple times. She’s been on a cruise for the past week and boy have I missed our daily talks.

    I shared an apple and date smoothie recipe on my blog today

  8. So glad that things came through for you, hopefully your butt is defrosted by now πŸ˜‰

    This bread sounds delicious! I like anything loaded down with chocolate, so that’s not a surprise, but I’m adding this to my growing list of your recipes to make.

  9. Props for getting through the stargazing mess with a smile and good attitude — and I’m glad it all worked out and that you were able to get the mandatory session in before time ran out (even if it involved a totally frozen tuchus)! I’ve totally done that sort of thing before too, and as your mom so rightly said, sometimes you just have to chalk it up to being a learning experience.

    Our winter was fairly mild until this week, when we got two days in a row of snow delays/cancellations. It’s sunny and in the 30s now, which means…perfect running weather. (*Does happy dance*) πŸ™‚ Happy WIAW!

    • Me too! The frozen “tuchus” was totally worth it.

      Enjoy the break in the weather and the runs! We are supposed to be getting a bunch of snow tonight. I hope it’s not too heavy because we’ve got places to be and people to see. πŸ™‚

  10. This bread looks bomb! And you look so cute with your hat! Congrats to compleeting class! I am a master procrastinater too so similar things happened to me as well! But it’s good to never give up! Sometimes things work out just fine in the end!

  11. I wish I would have gotten to this post earlier! Then I would have known about your cool allergy-free get together. Love it though! It’s such a great idea. ❀ Your bread looks amazing btw! ❀

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