Topped with peanut butter baking chips, this Peanut Butter Bread is a moist cake-like quick bread that’s perfect for snacking or dessert!
When I first met Laura, I often joked that she made charcoal at work. She would just look at me sideways and keep going about her business. In truth, I joke because I have no clue what she actually does. It involves heating metals to insanely hot temperatures (like ~1200°C). Then somehow a new alloy just magically appears. Ok, maybe it’s not actually magic…but it might as well be! After all, my background is higher education policy. I respect the sciences, but I have no idea how they work. I’m a liberal arts guy.
Another scientific fact that blows my mind? Peanut butter can be used to make diamonds. Yup, it’s true. That peanut butter that you eat straight out of the jar with a spoon. It can be used to make diamonds. But before you go raiding the peanut butter aisle at the local grocery store, consider this. You need specialized presses that can apply pressure at 1.3 million times the pressure found in the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s more than squeezing your hands together really, really hard. (But if you want to put a spoonful of peanut butter in your hand and squeeze really, really hard, then I’m not stopping you.)
Dan Frost, who works at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany, used specialized presses to create diamonds (yes, diamonds) from peanut butter. However, as Frost pointed out, it would take weeks to create a synthetic diamond that is only 2 or 3 millimeters in size. It can be done, but it’s not exactly a cash cow type of operation. And the actual quality of that diamond remains a mystery. Still, science is pretty darned cool, right?
Peanut Butter Bread
While Dan (and for all I know Laura, too) can stick to experimenting with peanut butter in the science lab, I’ll stick to experimenting with peanut butter in the kitchen. The latest creation is this Peanut Butter Bread. A quick bread that takes very little time to prepare, this Peanut Butter Bread is amazingly moist and packed with peanut flavor. It’s somewhat cake like, but it has enough flavor to stand on its own without any frosting. (Yes, I just said no frosting required. Someone call a doctor…I’m clearly not thinking straight.)
In all seriousness, though, this Peanut Butter Bread is delicious! I wanted to create a super moist quick bread, and to do that I used sour cream, vegetable oil and…wait for it…a packet of vanilla instant pudding mix. Pudding mix is one of my secret weapons in baked goods. You do need to add a bit more liquid to compensate for the pudding mix, but it leads to a delicious final product.
I kept this Peanut Butter Bread simple and sprinkled Reese’s peanut butter baking chips on top of the bread before baking. You could get creative and add chopped peanuts on top of – or into – the bread, too. However, I did find that I needed to tent the bread with foil to prevent the baking chips from burning. I suspect you’d need to do the same if you sprinkle peanuts on top.
All in all, this bread makes for a great snack or dessert. I was able to get 12 slices out of one loaf. And my favorite way to eat it? If I have the patience, it’s to put a piece in the toaster oven and let it get just slightly crispy on the edges. Mmmm. It might not be diamonds, but it is one heck of a delicious bread! I hope you enjoy this Peanut Butter Bread as much as we do around here. Happy baking!
Did you make a loaf of this Peanut Butter Bread at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your twists and variations on this one!
Peanut Butter Bread
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3.4-oz. package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup peanut butter baking chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray a 9”x5” loaf pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside. (Optional: Line pan with parchment paper for easy removal of bread once baked.)
- Using a medium mixing bowl, add flour, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir until well combined. Set dry ingredients aside.
- In a separate bowl, add oil, sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract and milk; whisk together until well combined. Set wet ingredients aside.
- Using a large bowl, add brown sugar and peanut butter; stir until well combined.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl; stir until well combined.
- Add half of the wet ingredients to the bowl; stir until well combined.
- Repeat using remaining dry and wet ingredients.
- Transfer batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle peanut butter baking chips on top of batter.
- Bake for 50 minutes. Tent top of bread with foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out mostly clean.
- Let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack until completely cool.
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