Monday, August 3, 2009

Peach Pecan Bread

We're in high season right now for peaches. We've got so many that we can barely eat them before they start to go soft! I took a batch that was just on the verge of ruin and used them to make this delectable bread.

This is a combination of 2 recipes I saw online and one that I found in an old cook book. Some recipes seemed to prefer pureed peaches in the batter, while others featured diced chunks of peaches throughout the bread. I chose not to choose - I incorporated them both for an extra peachy punch! The sugar-roasted pecans on top give the crust a great crunch, rounding out the soft, moist, juicy inside of this perfectly summery bread.

Peach & Pecan Bread

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup pureed peaches
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cup peeled, diced peaches

1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in peach puree and extracts.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in pecans and diced peaches.

Pour into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Combine remaining pecans with brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle this topping over batter.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool or 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack.


Erin said...

Aren't peaches around here the best? I have some on the counter that I need to use. Baking with peaches in the summer is one of my favorite things! This bread looks fabulous!

Kerstin said...

I've never seen a peach bread before, but it's such a great idea - I would definitely gobble this bread up quickly!

Cate said...

This bread looks great! And I LOVE those Grandma has them and I've always wanted a set too.

Kristen said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious!

michelle said...

This looks delicious, I love the dish you have it sitting on too!

Anonymous said...

omg this sounds amazing!! I've never made a peach bread before!

Finsmom said...

What a perfect tea time treat :)

Amy said...

This looks perfect!! I can't wait to try it!



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