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Where I reveal my peanut butter bread recipe

by John on January 13th, 2012
Peanut Butter Bread

I got the bread machine for a wedding present. I actually had registered for one . . . see, I really, really love sandwiches, and a bread machine enables really yummy bread for the sandwiches. The problem, of course, is that I can’t think “gee, I’d like some bread right now” and then poof have bread waiting1. No, having bread means either thinking ahead or buying it . . . and, much like I typically write, I cook by the seat of my pants. I usually think of what I want to make minutes before I make it, so the couple of hours to make myself bread just never, ever happens.

That said, I do have some recipes that are pretty stellar, assuming you remember to start beforehand actually think about what you want to make: beer/honey/garlic/wheat pizza dough, oatmeal honey wheat bread, and today’s recipe.

Peanut Butter Bread

Put the ingredients into the bread maker in the following order:

  1. 1 ½ cups of luke-warm water
  2. 1 ½ teaspoons of salt2
  3. 6 tablespoons of honey3
  4. 1 cup of peanut butter5
  5. 4 cups of bread flour4
  6. 1 packet of Active-Dry (not quick rise) yeast6

I like to start the bread before I go to bed so that, when I wake up, it’s waiting for me.

Foodie Friday @ Beautiful Spitup

1 I like to use the word “poof” a lot, because *poof* is a sound made by Calpurnia in The Block Mess Monster, by Betsie Howie when she tries to rid her room of the Block Mess Monster, and Leila, after having the book read to her one hundred gazillion a handful of times, will start pointing & saying “poof” at random intervals.
2 I don’t actually measure salt, but seeing as I’ve learned the same lessons as KLZ at Taming Insanity, I just take a pinch and add it to the water with a dramatic flare.
3 My trick for measuring & pouring honey is to always use the same spoon to measure any/all oil as with honey. If you measure, pour from an oiled spoon, the honey pours very easily . . . if you try to pour honey from a dry spoon, you get a sticky mess. Because there is no oil in this bread (the peanut butter provides all of the fat necessary), I just lightly oil a measuring spoon with olive oil before measuring the honey).
4 I prefer crunchy peanut butter to smooth when I’m eating peanut butter in a sandwich, or on a bagel, or by the spoonful, but only smooth will work here. I used Jif Natural for this.
5 I always use King Arthur flour, because that’s what my mommy said to do.
6 On the top of the flour, make a small divot with your finger, and then pour the yeast into said divot. I don’t know why this makes for the best-rising bread, but it does.

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  1. Yummo! I don’t have a bread machine but I think I could figure out how to make it the old fashioned way.

    • I’ve done mini-loaves of this the old fashioned way (well, I mixed the dough in the bread machine) and they all came out splendidly.

  2. Laura permalink

    When I first got out of college and had a roommate, I made all of our bread. I used the Tassajara Bread Book as my guide–it was all very ’70’s. I haven’t made bread in nearly 30 years now. Mainly because I don’t think my bread was that good. We have a non-franchised(ie not Pannera or its equivalent) bread store not too far from here and we buy all our bread there. It’s yummy!
    I’m impressed that you actually use your bread machine. I figured that was the kind of appliance that is used a couple times, then forgotten.

    • You know, if you had asked me, after the wedding, if I would be using my bread machine 8 years after I got married, I’d have, likely, laughed at you. Of course I wouldn’t.

      But, well, I can tell the difference in the bread I make, and, well, that’s all you need. If only making my own bread were actually cost-effective.

  3. That looks so good. I wish so much I could make it. We have a severe allergy recipe in the house so I will just have dream…

    • No peanuts? I have a honey oatmeal wheat that I plan to post in the near future that’s just as yummy, but far less dangerous to anyone with a peanut allergy.

      • No nut or seeds of any type. It makes things interesting. Though I’m curious how it would taste if I used the soybutter. It taste just like peanut butter minus an after taste. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am dying for a bread machine! I gotta get my hands on one soon, although I have been eating a lot less carbs lately. I like the idea of making homemade bread that way you control all the ingredients in it. This looks delish and I bet it would make a killer french toast! Follow up recipe mayhaps?

    Funny that we both shared something with peanut butter for Foodie Friday. Great minds and whatnot…

    • Ever since I saw this comment come in, I haven’t been able to get the idea of peanut butter french toast out of my mind . . . I’m making another loaf tonight . . . there’s a better than good chance that peanut butter bread french toast will be posted the next week.

  5. Sounds delish.

  6. Thank you. My weekend-ing will be happy now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. oh, this will be a hit at our house. both Mad and Adonis love peanut butter. and I need to earn some points with those two.

    Now where or where did I stash our breadmaker?

  8. This looks super yum – I gave away our bread maker as we never used it and now find I’m making bread quite often by hand – v.strange…. anyhow, I’m sure this is do-able by hand. Looking forward to trying it ๐Ÿ˜‰
    PS can we have your other bread recipes please – looking forward to the garlic one!

    • The garlic one is a pizza dough, but I’ll post it shortly . . . maybe my next foodie friday post…

  9. John: do you think this would work with Soy Nut butter???

    Before I buy a ton of it ( SO expensive) any experience with it?

    I imagine this bread toasted, with honey drizzled over: what a healthy wintertime snack.

    • I do not have any experience with soy nut butter . . . I’d think it would work, but I just don’t know if it’s consistency is much different than peanut butter (because, if it’s too runny or too solid, it’s going to make a very funky loaf)

      I’ve been toasting the bread with blueberry jam, but drizzled with honey is just as yummy.

  10. Mmmmm, peanut butter bread. Two of my favorite things (peanut butter and bread) in one big, delicious loaf. Thanks for sharing.

    • If you get a chance to make it, check back in & let me know how it turned out.

  11. Yum, looks good and great tip about the honey and oil.

    • It’s a tip that I came upon by accident, but always, always remember to do.

  12. So wait…this looks like it has a crust, more like a regular loaf of bread? Is that right? I totally was expecting a moist banana bread-type outer edge.

    • No – this is a regular loaf of bread, with a real crust, that just so happens to be peanut-butter flavored. It’s not cake-like, like banana bread.

  13. i truly can’t conceive being non-lazy enough to make bread.

    It’s like you’re building your own moat or something.

    • You don’t build your own moats?

      Much like I “write by the seat of my pants,” I typically cook by the seat of my pants as well. And making bread requires some forethought (mainly “I think I would like some bread in the morning” and “here, let me make the bread right now.”)

      But, it’s really, really yummy – and my kids love it, which means that I do it. Often. Because I’m a sucker.

  14. I can see how the love of bread and “runs a lot” go hand in hand ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. I once bought 20 loaves of bread/pita/english muffins so I could get a “free” panini maker – I totally get the lengths one will go to for a good sandwich!

    • Ah, yes, there are few lengths that I won’t go through, for a good sandwich.

      I’m dying for a really greasy Reuben right now.

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