Peach Basil Bread

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I made this peach bread this morning.  This bread is similar to a banana bread, but so distinctive in its savor and moistness. Only this time, I decided to include basil for excitement and taste. My daring attempt paid off because as bizarre as it may seem, basil and peaches compliment each other in terms of flavor.  For this recipe, I used peaches (hence the name) but you can also use nectarines which is just as delicious. I normally help myself to a slice for breakfast but you can serve this as a side dish or a dessert.  Although it doesn’t contain yeast like a normal bread would, its not as sweet as a cake either. Its a loaf that looks like a bread and that’s where its name originated from.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 1 1/2 cup of self rising flour
  2.  3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  3.  1 tsp of baking soda
  4.  1/2 teaspoon of salt
  5. 2 cups of  ripe  peaches/ nectarines ; 1 cup mashed+1 cup pureed
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  8. 1 1/3  cup of unsweetened applesauce
  9.  1 teaspoon of vanilla
  10.  1-2 tbsp of  chopped fresh basil


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add applesauce, peaches/nectarines, and vanilla and mix well. Combine dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Stir in basil. Pour mixture over a greased  9×5″ loaf pan.  Bake for  45-50 minutes. Cool bread in pan 15 min; remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.

Yields 10 slices


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