My recipe for Peanut Butter Bread made without eggs, butter or yeast is baked using basic ingredients to create a rustic loaf with exceptional taste. Crusty, hearty and perfect with a spread of jam/jelly or butter makes this the perfect breakfast or snack treat.
If you love easy bakes, then this is a great recipe for you. Made with minimal ingredients which are mixed in one bowl to create amazing flavour with less of the fuss. Simply mix, bake and serve.
FLOUR: Use cake flour OR all-purpose flour
SUGAR: To add a bit of sweetness to the loaf. I use sugar-free peanut butter and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the batter. If you are using a brand of peanut butter which already contains sugar then you might want to consider less sugar. Add it to your taste and preference.
BAKING POWDER: There is no yeast in this recipe so baking powder is used as a leavening agent. Make sure that the baking powder in the spoon is level and not heaped.
MILK: This helps to add moisture to the bread and form a golden-brown crust.
PEANUT BUTTER: Besides adding amazing flavour, the peanut butter also creates a soft tender bake.
How to serve and variations
- Serve toasted with a spread of jam/jelly
- Top with slices of banana before baking
- Swirl a tablespoon of peanut butter through the batter before baking
- Add ¼ cup chopped peanuts to the batter or top with peanuts before baking.
Tips and tricks to create the perfect loaf
1. BAKE WITH STEAM
I love baking bread and a great trick I learnt when baking any bread-like recipe is to bake it with steam.
So how does this work? The steam creates a moistened environment allowing the bread to rise easier. It delays and prevents the burning and early setting of the crust. This creates a well-risen loaf and a beautiful crackly golden crust
How do you bake with steam? Super easy and it can be done in any oven too!
- Set a metal roasting pan or cast iron pan on the last rack of your oven.
- When preheating the oven, fill the pan with boiling water from your kettle
- Place the unbaked loaf on a separate rack situated above the pan of water and bake
- If the water in the pan starts to dry up while the bread is baking, then simply top up with more water from your kettle.
2. COVER WITH FOIL
If you find that the crust is browning too quickly while baking then cover loosely with foil.
HOW ITS DONE: Create a dome with the foil and place over the loaf. Forming a dome will avoid the foil from touching the dough while baking.
I usually cover with foil within the first 15 minutes of baking. It is removed approximately 10 minutes before the end of the baking time.
This in combination with the steam method ensures a golden brown baked crust.
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER BREAD
PREHEAT AND PREPARE THE OVEN:
Preheat the oven to 325°F ( 160°C)
Set a metal roasting pan or cast iron pan on the last rack of your oven. fill the pan with boiling water from your kettle
COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS:
In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and stir in the milk.
Add in the peanut butter and fold it in to form a smooth thick batter.
Transfer the mixture to a greased and lined loaf pan. I used my 9 x 5 x 3 inches (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan for this recipe.
Place the unbaked loaf on a separate rack situated above the pan of water and bake for between 45 - 60 minutes until golden brown.
A skewer inserted should come out clean.
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