So if you have not tried friendship bread … you should.
It is no way good for you. The taste is sweet but not overly so. It is a great snack or breakfast. It’s perfect with coffee!
So the recipe makes 2 loaves of bread. I however made 1 loaf and muffins. We had a playdate the next day so I thought I would bring it along. Then I also took the loaf with us camping.
The bread mixes up very quickly and is easy. The biggest time issue is letting the butter come to room temperature. However if you are like me and forget to let your butter come to room temperature over night you can short cut it. Put it in the microwave 8 second intervals until soft but not melted. I normally do my quick start of 30 seconds then open and turn the butter to another side every 8 seconds. Word to the wise start with the seam side down then do each side and end with it up, to save yourself a mess.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Beat together the sugar and butter, make sure to scrape down the sides. Once that is mixed, add the eggs one at a time. Then add the baking soda.
Next alternate adding the buttermilk and flour until combined.
Grease your muffin tins or loaf pans. Divide batter into quarters. Now for the muffin tins I used a small scoop in each one, then added 1 tsp of the cinnamon sugar mixture to each, then one more scoop on top.
For the loaf pans you put 1/4 of all the batter in the bottom cover in cinnamon sugar mixture then top with the other quarter. I like to swirl the mixture in the loaf pan to give the bread a swirled effect.
Once both are topped with batter sprinkle the remaining sugar over the tops of all.
Bake in the over for 20-25 minutes for the muffins and 40-45 minutes for the loaf pan. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to cool the rest of the way … if you can wait that long!
2 tsp Cinnamon
2/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Buttermilk (or add 2 TBSP vinegar or lemon juice to 2 cups milk)
4 cups Flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl, then set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time. Then mix in baking soda.
Alternate adding the flour and buttermilk until just mixed.
Put a 1/4 of the mixture into each greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with 3/4 cinnamon sugar mixture. Top with remaining batter and swirl with a knife. sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool completely.