Easy Amish Cinnamon Bread (No Yeast or Starter)

This delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread has the perfect amount of sweetness and cinnamon spice. With this quick and easy version of the traditional Amish treat, there’s no need for any yeast or starter, so you can enjoy a tender, moist, and super yummy bread in no time! Great for breakfast or anytime you fancy a snack!

I have seen this Amish cinnamon bread all over the internet for a long time and I have always wanted to try it. I love anything flavored with cinnamon so this recipe is right up my alley.

I was even more excited to find out that this version is so much easier to make than the traditional one which is wonderfully called as Amish friendship bread.

It’s easier and quicker because there’s no starter or any yeast required which means there’s no need to wait a long time just to enjoy a bite of this delectable bread!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

The buttermilk serves as replacement for the starter or yeast and adds moisture to the bread which makes this so lovely, indeed!

It comes out so pretty as well especially when you slice the bread as you see the yummy swirls of cinnamon sugar all over.

The crackly top adds extra beauty in my opinion and makes it look like a proper rustic bread!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

And, how about the flavor, you ask? Wow! It’s so deliciously good!

In fact, I served two loaves of this bread at church during our coffee break and I came home empty-handed. Everyone loved it and it paired so well with coffee, naturally.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Yes, in one bake you are able to produce two delicious loaves! It’s perfect when company’s coming! It makes sense because, after all, it’s called Amish Friendship bread – so there’s always an extra loaf you can giveaway!

So bake away and I promise, not only will your house smell delightful as it bakes, you’d be making this over and over again as it’s so tasty!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Tips & Tricks for making this  Amish Cinnamon Bread and other Quick Breads

  • All ingredients (unless stated in the instruction otherwise) should be brought to room temperature before using. This is especially true with eggs.
  • Scoop the flour with a measuring cup then use a butter knife to scrape across the top to even it out. Avoid tapping and overpacking the measuring cup once it’s leveled.  
  • Mix the dry ingredients just until combined. Do not overmix so as not to produce a dry or tough bread.
  • Oven temperatures vary so check your bread at least 10 minutes before the end of the suggested baking time to ensure it doesn’t overcook or brown too much.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes (unless otherwise instructed) then remove.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Grease or butter the baking pan as instructed. An easy alternative to greasing would be to line the pan with parchment paper so the bread is easier to remove the loaf once cooled.

How long does the Amish Cinnamon Bread keep?

The Amish Cinnamon bread stays fresh or good for about 3-4 days when kept in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure to cool the bread completely first before storing. I usually give this bread away (it’s a friendship bread after all) so I normally do not need to store it.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Can I freeze the Amish Cinnamon Bread?

Yes, it may be frozen for 2-3 three months. Ensure that the bread are wrapped properly so you don’t get freezer burn.

Simply place the Amish Cinnamon Bread in the refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

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NOTES ON INGREDIENTS FOR EASY CINNAMON AMISH BREAD

  • 1 cup butter, softened – bring the butter to room temperature first before using so it’s easy to handle.
  • 2 cups granulated sugar – white sugar is great for this.
  • 2 large eggs – room temperature, if possible
  • 2 cups buttermilk, see recipe for substitute or easy alternative
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE EASY CINNAMON AMISH BREAD


Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two loaf pans with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

In a mixer, beat the butter sugar, and eggs together until creamy.  

To the egg mixture add the buttermilk, flour, and baking soda. Gently mix until combined.

In a separate bowl mix together sugar and ground cinnamon. 

Spread about a quarter (¼) of the batter in the bottom of each prepared loaf pan (half of the batter in total for both pans). Sprinkle ¾ of the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter in each pan. 

Divide the remaining batter between each pan and sprinkle all over with the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on top. Swirl with a knife.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing. Cool completely in a wire rack before slicing.

It’s yummy on its own but also great when served with a little butter on the side.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

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Easy Amish Cinnamon Bread

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This delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread has the perfect amount of sweetness and cinnamon spice. With this quick and easy version of the traditional Amish treat, there’s no need for any yeast or starter, so you can enjoy a tender, moist, and super yummy bread in no time! Great for breakfast or anytime you fancy a snack!
4.74 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 265 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk, see notes for substitute
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

  • cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two loaf pans with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a mixer, beat the butter sugar, and eggs together until creamy.  
  • To the egg mixture add the buttermilk, flour, and baking soda. Gently mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl mix together sugar and ground cinnamon. 
  • Spread about a quarter (¼) of the batter in the bottom of each prepared loaf pan (half of the batter in total for both pans). Sprinkle ¾ of the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter in each pan. 
  • Divide the remaining batter between each pan and sprinkle all over with the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on top. Swirl with a knife.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing. Cool completely in a wire rack before slicing.

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
No buttermilk? Simply combine 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice and allow to stand for about 10 minutes before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 135mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 473IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword amish cinnamon bread no starter, amish cinnamon bread no yeast, amish cinnamon bread with buttermilk, amish friendship bread no starter, amish friendship bread no yeast, easy amish cinnamon bread, freezeable amizh cinnamon bread
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Last updated on February 5th, 2024 at 10:46 pm

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12 Comments

  1. William H Stoneman
    January 13, 2022 / 3:16 pm

    5 stars
    Great quick recipe…..really enjoyed it with tea. My only addition was 1/2 ts salt and one ts vanilla.

  2. Marisa Franca
    January 18, 2022 / 7:36 am

    5 stars
    This makes the best breakfast bread. I warmed it up and the house smelled amazing. And the taste? Well, it certainly perked up the tastebuds! I’m so glad I made two loaves. I have one in the freezer so I don’t run out anytime soon. Great recipe!

  3. Claudia Lamascolo
    January 18, 2022 / 9:53 am

    5 stars
    The whole family especially my son who is a big fan of cinnamon bread said it was the best he ever had. great recipe!

  4. Julie
    January 18, 2022 / 11:20 am

    5 stars
    What a lovely bread! This came together to well and the flavors are so tasty! Love the cinnamon in it. Will be making this again.

  5. Meg
    January 18, 2022 / 11:53 am

    5 stars
    You can’t beat these simple, classic ingredients! Love it: butter, flour, eggs, sugar, buttermilk, cinnamon ~ so yummy, easy to make, and I always have these staples on hand, so it’s easy to decide what treat to make!! Thank you!

  6. Natalie
    January 18, 2022 / 1:59 pm

    5 stars
    This cinnamon bread looks delicious. Texture is amazing and I love that cinnamon swirl in the center. I have to make this.

  7. April
    January 18, 2022 / 3:25 pm

    5 stars
    We love going to the Amish market. Everything they make tastes great! I can tell by looking at your recipe that this quick bread will be amazing too! We can’t wait to try it!

  8. Lynn Clark
    February 13, 2022 / 8:29 pm

    Abby, thank you for this recipe. It’s both easy & delicious. I’m frequently amused by all the changes people make to posted recipes and now I’m guilty of the same thing. I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1 tsp nutmeg to the cinnamon-sugar mixture. I also added 2 medium chopped Granny Smith apples. So good!
    I passed around a bite of the first slice of bread to all my family members. After my SIL finished his dinner, I reminded him that he could get a slice of the cinnamon bread. A few minutes later, I looked over and he had 3 generous slices piled on top of a dinner plate & was walking it back to his computer station. It’s a definite hit!

  9. Cindy Smith
    October 8, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    5 stars
    Made this today. Very good recipe but I think next time I will add a little vanilla.

    • abigail
      Author
      October 11, 2022 / 12:39 pm

      Glad to know you liked the recipe. Certainly, a little more vanilla should make it more scrumptious! Thanks for letting us know.

  10. April 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

    5 stars
    I made this and we love it!! Will make it again and again. My neighbor also loved it!!

    • abigail
      Author
      April 12, 2023 / 9:26 pm

      Yay! So glad to know that. Thank you for letting us know.

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