Saturday, October 16, 2010

You Take the Cake…and the Friendship Bread!

Good evening, dear friends!


How’s the weekend going?  We’ve had another busy, fun one…looking forward to a quiet Sunday…

Just a couple of things to share with you today.  I had to make this card just for fun, because, well, it’s fall…and when it starts to feel fallish, I start baking like crazy!


I love this image from Crafty Secrets’ “Homemade” Images & Journal Notes booklet…such a happy,  kitschy mamma cooking up a storm for her family!

A bit of Dazzling Diamonds for sparkle on the goodies, some lovely lace and rick-rack trim…a bit of framing with platinum Stickles, a button, and that’s about it!


Earlier in the week, I said I’d share our favorite Amish Friendship Bread recipe…so here we go!  (This will be a LONG recipe—lots of steps—but easy peasy!)




1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsps.)

1/4 cup warm water

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Stir together (using a non-metallic spoon) 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk in a non-metallic bowl or container.  Add yeast mixture and stir.  Cover; leave at room temperature.

Day 1:  Do nothing; it has been stirred.

Days 2, 3, and 4: Stir

Day 5: Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour…mix with non-metallic spoon.

Day 6, 7, 8 and 9:  Stir.

Day 10:  Add 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2cup flour and stir.  Remove 1 1/2cup to make your first bread; give 3 cups to friends along with the above directions, starting with Day 2, and the recipe for friendship bread.

You can either start the 10-day process again (starting with Day 2), or make your friendship bread from your 1-cup starter.  You can also freeze the starter in 1-cup measures for later use.  Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.



1.  Put the entire contents in a non-metallic bowl.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

3.  To remaining batter in bowl add:

3 eggs

1 cup oil (or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)

1/2 cup milk

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups flour

1 large box of vanilla pudding

4. Grease 2 large loaf pans and in separate bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.  Dust the greased pans with half of this mixture.


5.  Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top.

6.  Bake for one hour.  Cool until bread loosens from pan evenly (about 10 minutes).  Then out into cooling rack.  Serve warm or cold.


Lots of steps, but not hard to do at all!  My girls love this recipe, and take great joy in stirring it---or squishing it—every day.  (Can also keep the starter going in a large ziplock bag—just squishing the batter in the bag each day instead of stirring it in a bowl).

Here it is again with my homemade lemon curd on top—yum!


Give it a try!  So much fun to make and share—let me know how you like it!

Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful…

Sweet Dreams!



  1. I love, LOVE your newest card Julie! No surprise there!! I love all your cards! You are so very talented. I have some good news to share with you so must write you an e-mail soon! Love the looks of the Amish Friendship Bread. It is something I have often heard of but never seen or tasted! Perhaps I will give it a go! Have a lovely sabbath with your family! Love and hugs from your UK friend. XXOO

  2. Really lovely card Julie. One of these days I have to try one of your recipes. Looks so good!

    It is Sunday morning here in Norway. Sun is shining and it is a bit cold.
    Hugs Hanne

  3. Lovely card..I like your friendship bread..delicious!


  4. Love your cute, kitschy card Julie!

    And I'm going to give that bread a sounds wonderful! I'll let you know!

  5. Hi Julie,
    Tell me now, do you own stock in Stickles Platinum?! I just LOVE the way you use it on just about everything...but I cannot find that particular "color" ANYWHERE?!?! Can you tell me where you usually purchase yours? Your card is fab...of COURSE! And your bread (fall ALWAYS makes me think of homemade vegetable soup and homemade bread...not sure why!) looks divine! As a very young wife I once created and KILLED a starter loaf of this bread, and I haven't had the "guts" to try again! Generally speaking, the more I stay OUT of the kitchen, the better for everyone! Proof here:

    Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  6. Good morning Julie...

    It's 6:30 a.m. and i'm drooling over the sight of the lemon curd drizzling down over that bread...

    My wonderful mailman brought my order from Crafty Secrets first Vintage Postcard Kit...the Christmas you know what I'll be doing today!!!

    and as always they tuck in a G.I.F.T. for purchasing from them...and this time they sent me the Vintage Cuts Christmas Time...
    woohoo...can you say "BOX of Christmas CARDS"

    Sorry, I'm sounding like an advertisement for CS here... but you already know they have the most luscious things...

    because you've made another great card...rick rack and stickles...hhmmm...i have that...look out Santa!!!

    enjoy your weekend {{{what's left}}} my very talented friend :D

    HUGS ~victoria~

  7. The card is so cute! Love the ric rac and the button :) The cake looks fantastic... going to have to add this to the recipe list :) Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

  8. I am begging for mercy! :) Julie, I'm dieting and here I can see such photos! :)
    But photos of the beautiful card is safe for me :)

  9. julie,
    i could eat about ten pieces of that right now! it looks wonderful. and that kitchy card is adorable!

  10. That bread looks awesome. Making me hungry right now. And your card is very cute also.

  11. mmmm! the amish friendship bread looks really yummy. such a sweet name.

    i keep baking, too! when that cool breeze comes in through the kitchen window, i can't help myself!


  12. Beautiful card Julie. Love the retro pink and blue colors to match it.

  13. YUM!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this Julie! I have had that before & it is yummy! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend & week ahead. Charlene

  14. Hi Julie,
    Your talent amazes me!! This week I will be posting a tag I've been working on and when you see it, you'll think yours and mine are a pair--seriously! So we must be on the same wavelength! I love yours and the rick rack is an amazing touch--I love, love it!!!!

  15. Oh yummmmm...another thing to add to my list. I have soooo much I want to family loves that I blog...they have never had so many yummy treats.

    Hugs for a great new week....

  16. Julie, YOu have given my week the best start ever! I have lost my recipe for this bread and am so happy to discover it here. Your's looks yummy! I'm giggling that you begin baking like crazy with the coming of fall. I have noticed that I always leave your blog hungry lately! Have a wonderful week ahead! Elizabeth

  17. I just had this same bread at a friends house this weekend, wonderful!

    Love the colors you used on your latest card, perfect!

  18. SUPER cute card and that bread sounds so yummy!

  19. Oh man, that bread looks soooo delicious! You should share this recipe with might end up in a cookbook! :)

  20. You make beautiful cards, you are stunning, you make lemon curd AND bake??? *Sigh* Julie, your my She-ro!!!

  21. I'm bookmarking this post for the recipe. This looks amazing! I haven't had Amish Friendship Bread for probably 25 made my mouth water to see yours! Yumm-O!

  22. OMG I haven't seen this in years! I love it! But I never knew how to "start" it. Oh I am so glad you shared! I have to print this off! YAY!

    Oh YUM!
    Hugs! Karen

  23. I just love the 50's retro charm of that card!