Christmas Breads - the sweet kind
I see a lot about food gifts and lists of cookies but what I don't see is anyone making sweet breads. In years past I would spend a couple weekends baking cookies, making candy and baking sweet breads. I've cut back slowly, doing less and less until I was down to just a few cookies but hubby whined incessantly about the breads. He wanted to go back to having all those loaves around and finally agreed he would help if I'd do it. So after a night of baking wenow have 26 minature loaves of bread which include:
From one basic recipe with variations:
Brown Sugar Pecan
From family recipes:
It will take work to pry his fingers from them enough to give away for gifts but after all this, I wonder - does anyone make these kinds of breads these days?
Strawberry Bread (From Southern Living Annual Recipes 1984)
3 Cups AP flour
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups of sugar
2 10 ounce packages frozen strawberries
1 Cup chopped pecans
Combine first 4 ingredients; set aside. Combine oil, eggs and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer; mix well. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, stirring just until all ingredients are moistened. Stir in strawberries and pecans.
Spoon mixture into 2 greased and floured 9" x 5" loaf pans. Bake at 350* for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack, and cool completely.
I'll grab that recipe when I am at my house - I got it from some magazine years ago. Thanks for your tip about the stoneware loafs - we don't have a Michaels here but I can get to one and for a dollar, that's not too much more than I'm paying for the disposable kind. JoAnns has little holiday treat bags that fit mini loaves perfectly and they were $1 at 1/2 price for 20 of them.