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Peach-Nut Holiday Bread

Bake in convenient foil loaf pans for gift-giving.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) can peach slices (syrup pack)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons peach preserves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease four 5 1/2 x 3 x 2-inch loaf pans or one 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  3. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup syrup.
  4. In blender container or food processor bowl combine reserved peach syrup, eggs, butter or margarine and lemon juice. Cover; blend or process until smooth.
  5. Add peaches. Cover; blend or process just until peaches are chopped.
  6. Pour peach mixture over flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  7. Fold in 1/2 cup nuts.
  8. Turn into prepared pan(s). Sprinkle with nuts.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes for small loaves or 55 to 60 minutes for large loaf or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan.
  11. Cool on wire rack.
  12. Spread preserves over loaves not topped with nuts.

Yield: 4 small loaves, 4 servings each, or 1 large loaf, 16 servings


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