Little did we know that the Amish Friendship Bread recipe that we posted 14 months ago would become the most-viewed post on MSK ever. The comment section has grown to 130 comments, all full of great questions and creative ideas for variations on Amish Friendship Bread. What amazing readers we have!
A few weeks ago, I got a wonderful email from a helpful cook named Anne with the following variations that I just need to share with you all. Anne writes:
Fortunately for me, all of my co-workers and neighbors like any variation I have done with this recipe. Some of them have every 10 days marked on their calendars! I have reduced the fat and sugar in all of the versions by using ½ c of oil and ½ c of applesauce, and only ½ c to ¾ c of sugar instead of 1 cup. Some of my co-workers’ favorite versions are:
Fresh Cherry White Chocolate Bread – to the basic Amish Bread recipe with reduced oil and ¾ c sugar, use either white chocolate or cheesecake instant pudding mix, pit fresh cherries and cut into quarters, use 1 c white chocolate chips, 1 – 2 cups toasted, coarsely chopped pecans. Bake as muffins. They are delicious!
Fresh Blueberry Peach Muffins – to the basic Amish Bread recipe with reduced oil and ¾ c sugar, use vanilla instant pudding mix, add 2 c fresh blueberries, 1 ½ c toasted, coarsely chopped pecans, 1 – 2 c chopped peaches (I used canned sliced peaches when peaches were out of season). Put in muffin pans. Top each muffin with streusel mix. Streusel mix – 1/3 c melted butter, ½ c brown sugar, ½ c sugar, 1 c quick oats, 1 – 1 ½ finely chopped nuts. Put approximately ½ tablespoon of streusel mix on each muffin batter. If you want to have peach muffins, just eliminate the blueberries.
Pistachio Mini Loaves – to the basic Amish Bread recipe with reduced oil and ¾ c sugar, use 2 small boxes instant pistachio pudding mix, add 1 c white chocolate chips, 1 – 2 c raw pistachio nuts, finely chopped, and 2 c crushed canned pineapple. Pour batter into mini loaf pans.
Peanut Butter Bread – to the basic Amish Bread recipe with reduced oil and ¾ c sugar, use 2 small boxes instant butterscotch pudding mix, add 1 c smooth peanut butter, ½ c brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 c chocolate chips (I added semi-sweet), 1 c peanut butter chips. I had to add an additional ¼ c milk, as the batter was too stiff. Baked in a 9 x 13 pan for approximately 40 minutes at 350.
Chocolate Brownie – to the basic Amish Bread recipe with the reduced oil and ½ c sugar, use a large box of instant chocolate pudding mix (the chocolate with caramel is very good), add 3 heaping teaspoons of dark chocolate cocoa, 1 to 1 ½ c toasted coarsely chopped pecans, ¾ c dark chocolate chips, ¼ c semi sweet chocolate chips, ½ c milk chocolate chips to the dry ingredients. After mixing dry ingredients w/wet, pour approximately ½ of the batter into the pan and sprinkle ¾ of a bag of caramel bits over batter. Spread remaining batter over caramel bits and bake. I have made this in a 9 x 13 or in small bundt pans. This is the cake that is usually eaten first.
Anne of Brighton, Michigan.
Thanks so much to Anne for her great ideas!
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