Friday, August 22, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday

Shereen's "Sew Crafty Friday" is on, so go on over and visit-- Better yet, show something off!

I have a bunch of sewing projects in the works but today I'm going to talk about baking. My friend from Pennsylvania gave me starter for Amish Bread when we were visiting last month. So far, I've made vanilla, chocolate and Oreo Cookie versions. The Oreo cookie one was so much like vanilla I don't think I'd bother with that flavor again.

This is one of those deals where you have this sort of 'batter' that you play with and every ten days you bake bread. It's a sweet, dessert-like bread. The basis for the flavor is instant pudding, and you can all things like nuts, chocolate chips or fruit to it.

Today, I'm going to bake lemon with blueberries. I found lemon pudding, as well as cheesecake-flavored. I'm curious to see how they taste--I'll do either the cheesecake or another vanilla one (maybe with streusel!) in 10 days.

The recipe makes up 2 loaves each time you bake, so I always freeze one. They freeze beautifully.

Has anyone else ever made this bread using the Amish Starter? Do you do anything special? I'd like to figure out how to make a pumpkin version, but I'm wondering how to incorporate pumpkin puree into the mix.

I'd love to hear your ideas!


~yolanda said...

Hey, I added the pattern to my post. Here is the link to the pattern.

She includes a video as well.

Nanci @ Brambleberry Cottage said...

Those sound like some really good bread flavors. That Amish bread starter is wonderful. I did it last year for a while. Then stopped. If I had thought about freezing the extra loaf the way you did, I might have kept it up. We devised a pina colada type bread by using coconut cream pudding, rum extract in place of vanilla (I think we used less rum extract than if we would use vanilla), added some coconut, chopped walnuts, and crushed pineapple (we sort of smashed it down when we drained it to get as much of the juice out as possible).
It was really good if you like a tropical flavor.

Mom2fur said...

Wow, Nanci, that Pina Colada version sounds amazing!
The lemon version was pretty good, but I wasn't totally crazy about it.

Nicole said...

Hi Mom2fur, I made this once but I never got tried any of the variations. I'm going to have to give it a try. My friend told me she has an bread starter that her family has been using for generations. Thanks for the tips

Nicole said...

I know there are different starter recipes out there, do you know what it is for yours?

April said...

we love Amish bread here, I usually have 4 loafs in the frezzer for in between because my crew gobbles it up still warm...I always make one loaf with cinnamon sugar, then experiment with the other I bake. My husband is begging me to fix one like a fruitcake, with all the candied fruit and stuff, so I need to start looking for it.