Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes

This Peanut Butter Bread from the depression era is so easy to make yet is so tasty. With the perfect balance of nutty and sweet.

Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread

Depression recipes are know as easy recipes that contain simple, cheap, and shelf staple ingredients ones that would have been accessible to the average American during that time. Since the great depression recipes are all meant to be very simple, they are very easy and use minimal ingredients like this Peanut Butter Bread.

For recipes from the depression era that helped people to make it through, check out Taste of Home.


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What We Love About This recipes from the Depression Era

  • Easy Ingredients: You will need a total of 6 ingredients. No eggs needed for these quick breads.
  • Family Friendly: Your family will love this rich and decadent peanut butter bread recipe.
  • Adaptable: Make this recipe with any other type of nut butter, such as cashew butter or almond butter.
Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread

Ingredient Notes for Quick Bread Recipe

  • Peanut Butter: You can use any type peanut butter you’d like, if using pure natural peanut butter it will be runnier.
  • Flour: It is important to use all purpose flour.
  • Sugar: You will need granulated sugar or pure cane sugar.
  • Salt: To activate the baking powder and to get the bread to rise properly.
  • Baking Powder: It is important to use baking powder, not baking soda. Baking powder helps to aid baked goods in rising to get a fluffy texture.
  • Whole Milk: Any type of milk will work, even a non-dairy milk such as almond milk work.
Peanut butter, flour etc to make the bread.

Equipment Needed for this Depression Era Recipe

How to Make Peanut Butter Bread

These are the basic steps for making Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Making the Peanut butter bread. Mixing the peanut butter, flour and sugar.

STEP 1: MAKE THE BATTER

In a large mixing combine dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, mix until fully combined. Then add milk and peanut butter, stir to combine.

STEP 2: ADD TO LOAF PAN

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper then pour in batter. Use rubber spatula to scrap the sides of the bowl.

STEP 3: BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BREAD

Bake peanut butter bread for an hour at 330 degrees f. Use a toothpick to check if it is done, if it comes out clean it is ready, if not you can let it cook in the oven for 15 more minutes. Remove to oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, take out of pan and left cool for an additional 15 minutes for before slicing.

Putting the batter into a pan and baking.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Peanut Butter Bread Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time, just bake as usual 1-2 days if time, store covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container with a paper towel at the bottom to absorb excess moisture. Peanut butter bread will be good for 3-4 days. You can store in the fridge or room temperature.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze peanut butter bread, you can store as slices or as the whole loaf, wrap in aluminum foil and store in a freezer bag.

Frequently Asked Questions about this 1930’s Recipe

WHY DO I COOK THIS RECIPE AT A LOWER TEMPERATURE?

The reason that this bread needs to bake a low temperature for a longer time is to ensure that the peanut butter bread will rise throughly.

CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE VEGAN?

This recipe can be made vegan will one simple swap, just use a non-dairy milk.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, increase or decrease ingredients proportionally and either split between pans or cook a small loaf pan.

WHAT DO PEANUT BUTTER BREAD TASTE LIKE?

Peanut butter bread has a similar texture to banana bread with a peanut butter flavor.

Top shot of the finished bread.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe Peanut Butter Bread

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: To double this depression era recipe, increase ingredients proportionally and split between 2 loaf pans.
  • Chocolate Chips: For a decadent addition, add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips.
  • Icing: You would like you could make a peanut butter or chocolate icing to top off this peanut butter bread.
  • Jelly Swirl: Use a jelly or jam to swirl on the top of the batter before baking, raspberry or strawberry would be best for a pb&j bread!

What to Serve with Peanut Butter Bread

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Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread
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Depression Era Peanut Butter Bread

Yield: 10 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
This Peanut Butter Bread from the depression era is so easy to make yet is so tasty. With the perfect balance of nutty and sweet.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 330 degrees.
  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add peanut butter and milk.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake.
  • After one hour poke the center of the bread with a toothpick to test for doneness.
  • If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is ready.
  • If it has batter or crumbs clinging to it, allow the bread to bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Pop the bread out of the pan and allow to cool for an additional 15 minutes before slicing.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: To double this depression era recipe, increase ingredients proportionally and split between 2 loaf pans.
  • Chocolate Chips: For a decadent addition, add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips.
  • Icing: You would like you could make a peanut butter or chocolate icing to top off this peanut butter bread.
  • Jelly Swirl: Use a jelly or jam to swirl on the top of the batter before baking, raspberry or strawberry would be best!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, flour, milk, Peanut butter, sugar

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