Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 2 loaves
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup oil
½ cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding
½ cup whole cherries, pitted, defrosted and drained
½ cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
- Preheat over to 325° F (165° C).
- In a medium-sized bowl mix Amish Friendship Bread starter, eggs, oil, milk, vanilla and almond extracts.
- In a large bowl mix sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and pudding.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in cherries and almonds.
- Grease two large loaf pans and dust with a sugar-cocoa mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder.
- Pour the batter evenly into the pans.
- Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
This is one of our favorite Amish Friendship Bread variations — it’s moist and full of flavor, and the coarsely chopped almonds pair beautifully with the cherries and chocolate. It’s easy to find the whole, pitted cherries at Trader Joe’s and most supermarkets.
This recipe has a lot of add-ins. If you have problems with add-ins (like fruit or nuts) sinking to the bottom of your batter, try (1) tossing the add-ins with a tablespoon of flour, (2) chopping up large or heavy pieces, or if all else fails, reducing the liquid content of the batter (your starter may be wetter rather than creamier or leave out one egg).