From the first peach to the last we enjoy Ontario peaches each year for the duration of the season. No doubt, it’s my favourite summer fruit!
Besides drowning a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream with warm sautéed peaches they’re equally delicious served absolutely cold over cheesecake. The first peaches purchased this year made their way into a delicious peach pie and of course some peach goodness has been preserved into jars of jam. I admit however that nothing beats eating seasonal peaches right out of hand making a big juicy mess!
I’ve wanted to find a good recipe for peach bread but after an extensive search on the subject didn't find what I was looking for. This wasn’t time to give up; instead a perfect time to come up with a recipe of my own. The risk of wasting good ingredients left me a little uncomfortable but unless one tries one will never know!
Using a favourite muffin recipe along with a little addition, subtraction and multiplication of the original ingredients I came up with something that seemed well worth a try.
Glad I ventured… an absolutely delicious recipe gained!
Peaches and Cream Loaf
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cream
2 cups peeled, chopped peaches
- Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and grated nutmeg into a bowl.
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Beat in eggs until well mixed.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with cream to egg mixture stirring just to combine. Do not over mix.
- Fold in peaches.
- Place batter into greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden and tester inserted into middle of loaf comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack.
Notes, Tips and Suggestion
- Use a narrow strip of parchment paper to line pan. This will ensure easy removal of loaf.
- I used 18% cream but 10% will probably work just fine.
- If peaches are really juicy, drain on paper towel for a few minutes.
- nutmeg really works in this recipe.