Spicy Peach Nut Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) can (2 cups) sliced peaches or apricot halves, drained (reserve syrup)
  • 1/2 cup reserved syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Using solid shortening, generously grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch or 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
  3. In large bowl, blend ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  4. Stir nuts into batter.
  5. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Immediately remove from pan; cool completely.
  8. If desired, drizzle with confectioners' sugar glaze.
  9. Store tightly wrapped in refrigerator.