1 cup oil 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix OR 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
On mixing day, combine starter in a large non-metallic bowl with 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mix thoroughly and pour 4 1 cup starters into ziploc baggies. Keep 1 starter for yourself, then give the other 3 away, along with the instructions on how to care for it.
To the remaining batter, add all the other ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
Grease 2 large loaf pans, or a 9 x 13 cake pan. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and coat bottoms and sides of pans. Place the batter into the pans. Coat top of batter with butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 - 75 minutes, or till done.
I used to make this recipe for about 100 people every Christmas. Since I spent days making it only as gifts, I renamed it Christmas bread. Everybody loved it and it is even better if you substitute the raisins for cranberries. Makes it very festive looking. I first wrap the loaf snugly in clear plastic wrap. Then I wrap the loaf again in stiff clear florist wrap. I tie a little piece of raffia at each end and sort of poof the end of the florist wrap. Then right in the middle I paste a gift tag. It's really beautiful given this way. The nuts and cranberries and raisins show through the clear wrap. So glad I found this recipe again. Going to start being Christmas Bread Lady again this holiday season.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
May 22, 2009
Guest Foodie COMMENT: Your starter needs to begin with 1 cup. Then follow the directions. You may freeze the starter but give it 3 hours at room temperature before using. ( this is according to one of the friendship breads on line)
The bread is awesome. Good luck and enjoy I know we have.
Jul 4, 2007
Anaheimmom Member since: July 4, 2007 COMMENT: I'm not sure but I think this recipe was going around in the early 90's,it was called "Herman".What I would like to know is how to maintain the starter,do I continue to add and subtract from it?
Jun 28, 2007
Very easy, super moist, and delicious! I gave our starters and directions out with a sample of the finished bread, and it has been a real hit. My 5 year old did most of the work.
Jun 2, 2007
Guest Foodie COMMENT: How much starter is used in this recipe??
Feb 24, 2007
i BAKED 8 LOAFS LAST NIGHT AND THE WERE GIVEN TO THE HOMELESS EXCEPT ONE THAT MY FAMILY TRIED.
May 11, 2006
lpreston1968 Member since: December 25, 2004 COMMENT: I have not tried this yet but, it sounds good. I will try this recipe and contact you later.