Our Grandmothers knew how to cook when things were rough in America during the Great Depression-era. Faced with ingredient shortages and the overwhelming stress of not knowing if next month's rent would be covered, women took to creating recipes with the ingredients they had on hand. Now, Americans are pressed with the same problems almost a hundred years later (22 million out of work, grocery shortages) and are looking to rebirth the same recipes that their grandparents used to get them through the hard times. One of which is peanut butter bread, a quick bread recipe that only uses 6 ingredients and can be baked in an hour.
What is Peanut Butter Bread?
Shared in the Reddit sub, r/old_recipes, this original recipe comes from the 1932 Five Roses Flour cookbook via Glen & Friends Cooking on Youtube.
What we love about this bread recipe is how easy it is to make. No kneading, no rising, and no yeast, unlike sourdough! Instead, this bread bakes up more like banana bread or zucchini bread which is leavened using baking powder, making this easy recipe perfect for first-time bakers.
It tastes like a peanut butter cookie and when you add chocolate chips, nutella, or peanut butter chips into the mix (what's stopping you?) it's a slice of heaven on earth. When I baked this bread I used creamy peanut butter but feel free to use crunchy peanut butter or whatever you have on hand.
How to Make Peanut Butter Bread
Preheat oven to 325F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Whisk together and pour into the greased loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the loaf of bread cool slightly before enjoying.
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Peanut Butter Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
- In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Whisk together and pour into the greased loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let cool slightly before enjoying.