Ontario Peach Pecan Bread
This tender-moist tea bread is delicious plain or spread with cream cheese.
1 1/2 (375 mL) cups peeled and chopped Ontario Peaches
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 (75 mL) cup buttermilk or soured milk*
1/2 (125 mL) cup natural bran
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
1/2 cup (125 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 (75 mL) cup butter
3/4 (175 mL) cup all-purpose flour
3/4 (175 mL) cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 (7 mL) tsp baking powder
1/2 (2 mL) tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, ginger and freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup (125 mL) ground pecans
Combine peaches, eggs, milk, bran and vanilla; let stand 15 minutes. Cream together sugar and butter. Stir in peach mixture. Combine all-purpose and whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Beat into peach mixture with a few light, rapid strokes, just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Spoon into well-greased 8-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch (21 cm x 12 cm) loaf pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting.
Make 12 servings.
To sour milk: add 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vinegar to 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk.
Thanks to the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers for this recipe!