Peanut Butter Bread: a recipe that just might stick around

Recipe Finder

June 09, 1999|By ELLEN HAWKS | ELLEN HAWKS,SUN STAFF

Joanne Cohen of Owings Mills requested a peanut butter bread recipe. She said that she once had one, which she described as a "keeper." But then "I promptly put the recipe away, and you can guess the rest. I can't find it."

Alice D. Brauer of Grasonville came to the rescue with a recipe from her collection. "I've never made it," she acknowledged. "But I hope she finds it helpful."

Peanut Butter Bread

Makes 1 loaf or 16 servings

3/4 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) margarine or butter, softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 1/4 cups milk

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl, with a fork, beat peanut butter and margarine until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, with a fork, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add peanut-butter mixture and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, with a fork, beat egg slightly; stir in milk and orange peel. Stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Pour mixture into pan. Bake bread 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on rack.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The flavor of this quick bread is very peanutty; the orange is surprisingly not very detectable. Kids will love the flavor, which is especially nice when the cake is still warm. Not as spongy as many quick breads, it is quite crumby. In my oven, the baking time was almost exactly one hour. Be sure not to overcook, or the cake will be very dry."

Recipe requests

* Albert Kuper of Owings Mills remembers a recipe for Vidalia onions, which were sauteed or blanched in a wine mixture. "It was a marvelous recipe," he wrote. "I've misplaced it. Can't believe it, but I did. Help!"

* Ann M. McDonald of Baltimore wants a recipe for Harvest Cake. "It was in The Sun many years ago and was a cake with chopped peeled apples [that were] mixed with sugar about an hour before making the recipe. It was a spice-cake type with cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg and was a favorite of my family."

* Marge Chambers of Kelso, Wash., is looking for a recipe for Baby Ruth Candy Bar Cookies.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

Pub Date: 06/09/99

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