Meatless Monday - Peach bread

>> Monday, July 27, 2009

It's that time of year again - time for fresh, ripe peaches! I bought some almost over-ripe Utah peaches from my local farmer's market last week, and they were so juicy and delicious I could hardly stand it.

What do I like to do with fresh peaches - other than eat them out of hand? So many choices - peach pie, peach cobbler, peach BBQ sauce, and on and on! One of my favorite things to do with fresh peaches is to make peach bread. My peach bread recipe is kind of like banana bread - only moister and full of peachy goodness. Peach bread never lasts long around here. I like it equally for breakfast and dessert.

If you're fortunate enough to have a bunch of fresh peaches around and are tired of the same old cobbler and pie, give this bread a try!

Not the best picture, but can you see the peach bits in the bread? Yum!

Peach Bread
I'm presenting this bread recipe in its original form, but it could handle some modifications. Use some whole wheat flour to make it a little healthier. You could probably cut back on the sugar as well.

2 cups all purpose flour (or substitute white whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all purpose flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBSP flaxseed meal (optional)
2 cups very ripe, mashed peaches (about 5 or so medium peaches)
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 TBSP butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup raisins or nuts (optional)

In a bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt, and baking soda. Put mashed peaches in a large bowl. Add beaten egg, melted butter. Stir in raisins or nuts. Stir in flour mixture. Pour into a 9x5" greased loaf pan. Let stand 20 minutes. Bake at 350 for 45-55 min. Cool bread in pan 15 min; remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.

This recipe might look familiar if you've been reading my blog for a while. I first talked about peach bread last year. It's good enough to post again! If you're looking for more ideas on what to do with peaches, check out the original post for links to an amazing peach BBQ sauce, Alton Brown's peach freezing method (to enjoy that peachy goodness in the winter!), and a fantastic peach crisp that you make in little glass canning jars and freeze for later.


VeggieGirl July 27, 2009 at 4:24 PM  

Oooh, what a delectable way to incorporate seasonal produce into one's day - the bread looks MARVELOUS!!

La Nouvelle Femme July 27, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

That looks great. I've never had, or really even heard of peach bread! I love banana bread though, so I bet I'd love this even more. Yum.

Losing 50 pounds fast July 27, 2009 at 10:53 PM  

look so yummy

RickyRae July 28, 2009 at 5:27 AM  

Mmmmmmm...this sounds gooooood! I've been thinking about getting a bread maker. Have any of you used one? If so, is it worth it? Cathy, do you think this recipe would work in a bread maker? I've never been good at baking myself, but if I could have a machine do it for me, it might turn!

cathy July 28, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

RickyRae - This is a quick bread and SO easy! I don't think that breadmakers are recommended for breads like this - it would be overkill. Really, you just dump the ingredients in, stir it up (with a mixer or by hand), pour into a pan, and cook. I'm not a baker either, but this break makes me look like one!

Super Healthy Kids July 28, 2009 at 8:11 AM  

I could KICK myself. I just bought some fruit (In Utah) on the side of the road, but passed on the peaches thinking it was too early in the season. Bummer!

Sagan July 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

That looks wonderful! I bet that increasing the peaches and decreasing the sugar would be really delicious. Maybe adding some applesauce? Hmmm.

RickyRae July 29, 2009 at 4:50 AM  

Sounds like I can give this one a try sans the breadmaker. Thanks Cathy! :)

Oooooo Sagan, applesauce is a great idea!!!

telesma September 30, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

Subbed wheat germ for the flax meal, and added cinnamon & nutmeg. Very nice. :)

Alyce August 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

Hope it's ok that I linked your peach bread recipe to my Colorado peach article on
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Problem? email me: Happy summer, Alyce Morgan

cathy August 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

Alyce - No problem at all. In fact, thank you! I am eagerly awaiting Colorado peaches here. We are to get a couple of boxes of Colorado Palisade peaches toward the end of the month. My mouth waters just thinking about them!

Anonymous August 16, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

Has anyone tried freezing this bread or is it best to eat fresh? Thanks!

Dr. Andrea September 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

This bread is fabulous- I found this recipe when I had some overripe peaches I needed to use up and when my parents brought us a huge box of peaches on a recent visit I knew JUST where they would end up (I can only eat so much). 16 peaches became 8 cups of mashed peaches and 4 loaves of bread. This is my new favorite quick bread!

cathy September 26, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

Anonymous - I am trying freezing it this year. I think that it should freeze fine, but I'll let you know. ;-)

Dr. Andrea - Thanks for the comment! It's always nice to know when my recipes work for someone else!

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RickyRae - This is a quick bread and SO easy! I don't think that breadmakers are recommended for breads like this

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Laura [Novelbite] July 7, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

Just made a version of this bread using strawberries but I really like the idea of using peaches and the ww and flaxseed additions. Next time!

Unknown August 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

Thanks for the recipe! I've got a lovely loaf baking now and it smells great!

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