Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spiced Peach Carrot Quick Bread

Do you love recipes for quick breads as much as I do? I feel like I say this about everything I make for my blog (which I guess is why I starting a food blog-- I like to bake :)) but quick breads are so versatile-- and a great way to use up the abundance of zucchini, bananas, apples, carrots, pumpkin, etc. you may have lying around and need to get rid of.  Also, there is no waiting for dough to rise like in their yeasted counterparts so there is no long-term planning involved here.  Quick breads make great gifts too or are good to make for breakfast when you have company staying with you.  Just let the house fill with the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, and peaches like it will if you make this bread, and you will have everyone gravitating to the kitchen in no time!

When I saw this recipe in this month's Southern Living, I knew I had to make it.  Luckily we are in the thick of peach season here in Virginia and peaches are very cheap and plentiful right now.  I know this is a very brief time so I'm trying to take full advantage of it and make as many peach recipes as I can.  This bread definitely became a new favorite-- its very easy to make-- you don't even need a mixer.  I adapted the recipe slightly by reducing the amount of nutmeg and adding some vanilla and was very happy with the results.  If you like zucchini bread or carrot cake, you will love this.  It was sweet but not overly so, which is nice for the morning, and the little bites of toasted pecan and peach were wonderful.

Spiced Peach Carrot Bread
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped fresh, ripe peaches
3/4 cup freshly grated carrots
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.  Cool 15 minutes.

2. Stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl; add peaches, carrots, oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, and toasted pecans stirring until dry ingredients are just moistened. Spoon batter into a greased 9x15-inch loaf pan. I would suggest using Baker's Joy or Baking Pam to prevent sticking.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Adapted from Southern Living


  1. This quick bread looks great! I have some white peaches that need to be baked soon!

  2. This bread looks really interesting - I don't think I have ever eaten peach bread; something to try this summer. Your bread looks delicious.

  3. Nice sweet bread here. It looks so moist and I like the fact that you squeezed a veggie into the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks so moist, wish I could have a piece with my coffee right now!

  5. Yum! I love the combo of carrots and peaches, it sounds delicious and it looks great!

  6. Ryan, I agree with you…quick breads are wonderful! I love to have a slice with my tea in the morning. I just made four loaves of zucchini bread today because my garden is overflowing with zucchini! I will be posting about them this week end. Your spiced peach carrot bread looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it out!

  7. I also love making quick breads. I can't believe that I missed this recipe in Southern Living! Thanks for making it and sharing it with us. It looks and sounds so delicious.

  8. Ryan, this is a lovely bread. It would be a perfect addition to my brunch table this Sunday. Now all I have to do is find some time to make it :-). I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  9. Yummy, I want to try this. I cannot wait for a cool day so I can bake again.

  10. Holy cow what a fantastic, moist cakey bread. I want some right now to go with my tea. :) Deelicious.

  11. I have carrots! But, still waiting for those peaches ;) I love quick breads too! I haven't baked anything since the lemon meringue, and this looks delicious and fast! Great pics too!

  12. You've helped me...I have a meeting tomorrow afternoon and I was coming in to dream up what I would bake...if you bake for them a couple of times they seem to expect it all the time, so it has become my job...and sweet breads would be an easy and tasty treat. I think I'll give your peach bread a whirl along with a couple of others...looks delish and thanks.

  13. Mhmm this sounds like such a good breakfast-y treat. I've never really tried baking with peaches, but now I want to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Oh my! I love everything about this... bookmarked to bake this weekend!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  15. It's so great to be visiting blogs again. That bread is amazing. What a great combination of flavors and textures.

  16. Peaches and carrot - Ryan, you are a genius. I love quick breads because they don't tend to be overly sweet and I can pretend they are half healthy as they are "bread" rather than "cake".

  17. What a great idea! I love the combo and how unique it is :)


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