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Light and Fluffy Peanut Butter Bread

I whipped up this light and fluffy peanut butter bread recipe this morning and it came out terrific. When you’re craving bread for breakfast, this peanut butter bread hits the spot. Not too heavy, not too moist, it’s perfect with a glass of milk.

Light and Fluffy Peanut Butter Bread

My friend Theresa posted on Facebook that she had made “peanut butter bread.” Intrigued, I asked her for the recipe. Her recipe included buttermilk and a few other ingredients I didn’t have on hand, so I whipped out my trust Fanny Farmer cookbook and found an alternative recipe.

If you don’t have a copy of the Fanny Farmer classic cookbook, get it. It’s my go-to cookbook for everything. I don’t think I’ve found a bad recipe in the whole book. Simple recipes can be easily adapted for any taste and the book included how-to-cook basics for everything from meat and fish to vegetables.

Quick Peanut Butter Bread

This recipe is actually what’s called a quick bread. Usually, quick bread recipes leave out leavening agents like yeast and eggs. In this case, the recipe included one egg, but no yeast.

I kept the egg although I try to reduce the cholesterol in our diets. Honestly, today, I needed the full taste and mouth-feel of regular old-fashioned loaf bread. There’s a time to eat healthily and a time when it’s okay to indulge. Today was an indulgence day.

light and fluffy peanut butter bread

Chunky or Smooth Peanut Butter?

I don’t know which team you’re on – Team Chunky Peanut Butter or Team Smooth Peanut Butter – but whatever you have in the pantry is just fine for this recipe. If you use chunky peanut butter, you’ll get a bit of extra crunch from the peanuts and it might enhance the peanut butter flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • I used my electric mixer on low to beat the batter and I think that helped it rise lighter and fluffier than my typical loaf bread. I know most quick bread recipes can be mixed by hand and you can indeed mix this by hand. But if you have a stand mixer, use it.
  • Grease the pan well. I mean really well. The bread gets sticky and can easily stick to the loaf pan if you haven’t greased the pan enough.

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Light and Fluffy Peanut Butter Bread
A light, fluffy, quick bread with a hint of peanut butter. A perfect after-school snack or breakfast bread.
peanut butter makes this bread taste sweet
Keyword quick bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Keyword quick bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
peanut butter makes this bread taste sweet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. While the mixer is running, add the milk, then the egg.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter.
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes at 350 until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 5 minutes, use a knife to loosen the bread. Turn over and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

This quick bread freezes well. Cut the slices before freezing them so you can easily grab a slice, pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat it, and enjoy breakfast on the go.