Remember those friendship bread starters that were shared with all your friends in the 70's? It got to be so bad that you would dread friends appearing at your door bearing a little bag of starter and you would think to yourself..oh no here we go again!! Although I must say I really did enjoy the taste of that wonderful bread. This reminds me of that bread except this one doesn't need a starter. Instead I would suggest you just give the loaves away instead of going through the long process, unless you like the idea of waiting 10 days for the starter to be ready. Your friends might just appreciate being gifted a loaf of the bread right in the tin with a bow if you wish, instead of a bag of starter..just sayin'.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of nuts or raisins (optional)
- Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl mix together flour and baking soda and add this dry mixture alternately with buttermilk to the creamed mixture until blended.
- In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon and nuts or raisins if using.
- Divide half the batter into 3 tins (540 ml size). Make sure you have removed the paper from the tins, washed them well and that they are well greased.
- Fill each tin half full of the batter and sprinkle a tablespoon of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
- Add the other half of the batter, dividing evenly in each tin and sprinkle the rest of the topping over each one. Swirl batter with a knife.
- Bake on lowest rack in the oven at 350º for 40 minutes, test with a toothpick for doneness.
- Now go ahead and enjoy..and share with a friend or two!