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Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I first received this wonderful bread when Michael and I had only been married about three or four years. A dear lady in the church brought us a loaf one day. I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe. She happily agreed, as she informed me that this bread uses a starter and told me how easy it was to make. She also told me that if I wasn’t going to make the bread for a while, I could freeze the starters. This was good news, because the recipe says it makes three large loaves of bread.

Here’s the deal, you use a one cup starter, stirring it once each day. On the fifth day you add flour, milk, and sugar to it and stir for two more days. Then let it rest for two days.

Day 10 is the baking day but first you add another cup of flour, milk, and sugar. Then before mixing up the batter, you remove three starters, one cup each. These starters can be given away to friends or even frozen.

So here’s the deal, although the recipe says it makes 3 large loaves ours doesn’t because my family doesn’t like the raisins added and only likes the nuts on occasion. As you can guess, this means there is less bulk in the batter reducing the number of loaves it produces.

Years ago, I shared this recipe (and a starter) with a friend. One Christmas she decided she wanted to make a double batch to give as gifts. She did the math and measurements and found that if you take out just one starter, you have two batches worth of starter left and could double the recipe, which is what we do every time.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I believe you could create your own starter by combining 1/3 cup each flour, milk, and sugar in a container, loosely covered, and leave it out on the counter for a couple of days.

Combine all the ingredients.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe like this recipe in muffins more than the bread. Although Sean and Tiffany really like there to be a gooey bit in the loaves.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour, divided
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-2 cups nuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. To use frozen starter or starting with 1/3 cup each milk, sugar, and flour:
  2. Take out of freezer (or sit new starter on counter, loosely covered) for 2 days, on 3rd day start counting as day 1.
  3. Day 1: Receive Starter
  4. Day 2: Stir
  5. Day 3: Stir
  6. Day 4: Stir
  7. Day 5: Place starter in larger container for room to rise and add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  8. Day 6: Stir
  9. Day 7: Stir
  10. Day 8: Do Nothing
  11. Day 9: Do Nothing
  12. DAY 10: Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  13. Take 3 cups and put 1 cup in each of 3 small containers with lids; these are for your friends, yourself, to start again, or to freeze.
  14. To the remaining batter, add:
  15. 2 cups flour
  16. 1 cup sugar and all the rest of the ingredients beginning with salt, listed above.
  17. Grease and flour pans. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325º. Muffins bake in 15-20 minutes and loaf pans bake in 45-60 minutes. Can wrap and freeze when nearly cool.
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If you try this, let me know what you think, and how making your own starter worked out.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Cheese Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese Crackers

Every once in a while I want a cracker. A cheese cracker. :)

I found the inspiration for this little gem on YourLighterSide.com.

They are incredibly easy to make. :) All you need are a microwave and a deluxe slice of American cheese.

Start by taking a deluxe American cheese slice. I’m told it has to be the deluxe. I’ve not tried it with anything else.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace it on a piece of parchment paper.

Cut it in half. I use a long blade knife, so that I can just press it down and not have to drag it.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow cut it half again.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meCut each strip into about 5 pieces.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpace them apart so they don’t melt into one big piece. Microwave for 30-45 seconds.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou will probably hear a lot of sizzling, which is okay. Take them out and let them cool for a few seconds.

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheese Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.meRepeat the process with the other half of the cheese slice. :)

Enjoy the crunch.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Mug Bread (Gluten-Free)

A bread made from egg, almond flour, flax (flour), quickly made in the microwave.

From time to time I need to have a “bread” that is not really a bread, if you know what I mean. I’ve been doing the keto diet for the past month or so and finally got to the point I “needed” some bread.Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Thankfully this is not a new scenario for me and I was able to go and dig into my hCG recipes for this, very simple, quick and easy bread that is made in the microwave in just 70 seconds. :)

I have a friend that needs this right now too, so I’m sharing it here for her future reference, as well as my own. ;)

You need just a few ingredients. If you make anything gluten-free from scratch, you probably already have some of these items.

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meCombine all ingredients in a mini food processor, magic bullet, blender, or mix in the actual baking container with either a immersion blender or your own arm power and a whisk. Tiffany chooses the later but I go ahead and get out the mini processor.

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me Transfer to your mug or english muffin-sized bowl. I used this small soup bowl.

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.mePop it into the microwave for 70 seconds. (I go through spells where I don’t use the microwave for long spells and then want it again for a few things. I have not figured out how to make this without using the microwave, although I figure it’s got to work in the oven; I just don’t know how long it would need to cook.)

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd it’s done.

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meI loosen it around the sides with a small rubber spatula/scraper and turn it out onto a plat or cutting board.

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen cut in half horizontally, this makes two rather thick pieces of “bread”; so I cut it into three slices. Then I love to make a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich with two of the slices and a piece of toast with the last. :)

Mug Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I like to toast it.

Mug Bread (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 Tablespoon flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients well. (I use a mini food processor)
  2. Pour into mug or other suitable microwavable container
  3. Microwave for 70 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave and from baking container.
  5. Slice in 2-3 pieces and enjoy!
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I hope you enjoy this. We sure have. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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