From the author, Toni Okamoto: My local farmer’s market is amazing! At closing time, you can often find $5 fruit boxes, and because I am the thriftiest lady — I buy them all! Here’s my first creation.
This makes two loaves of bread, so feel free to halve the recipe if you only want one.
From Plant-Based on a Budget: If you thought baking was reserved for cold winter days, then you’re wrong. This delicious and spongy Peach Bread recipe is ready to prove it to you and whoever adores peaches in every shape or form. Enjoying some peaches and cream might be a classic summer treat but you can’t miss the chance to add them to your baked goods.
This fruity bread would be an amazing choice for a special breakfast with the family or for an amazing picnic in the sun. Fear not, you can absolutely make this recipe in the cozy winter if you happen to stumble upon some peaches at your grocery store. Even if you’re not a big fan of baking, this recipe makes it easy to fall in love with it. Simple, easy and seriously delicious.
Now to the fun part. How can we make this enticing peachy bread? It might sound like an elaborated process or full of complex ingredients, but the truth is, it is everything but. You’ll need the usual suspects, like flour, sugar, oil, baking powder and baking soda. In order to replace the egg in this plant-based recipe, we used applesauce and mashed banana (you can read more about vegan egg replacements for baking here), and for the flavoring, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. And how could we forget our star ingredient, peaches?
As it usually goes with dough-based recipes, you’ll have to mix the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl before and then add the dry ones. Once that is done, you’ll stir in the sliced peaches and place the mix in a bread loaf pan. When it comes to baking time, this will be determined by many factors like the characteristics of your oven, the climate where you live in and other variables; but we can always resort to our magical toothpick trick. Have you tried it before?
This amazing baking trick comes from way back, surely our grandmothers used it when baking their delicious concoctions. It basically means sticking a wooden toothpick (or skewer) into the dough and seeing if it’s still a little raw or cooked. If it comes out dry then you’re ready to go, if it doesn’t then you should give a bit more cooking time. So fascinating, rustic, and simple.
When it comes to this recipe, it is best to stick to fresh peaches. Any extra moisture might tamper with the cooking process and the end texture (and fluffiness!) of the bread. So, as tempting as it might be, we recommend skipping the frozen peaches and leaving those for delicious breakfast smoothies or summer flavored banana ice creams.
Absolutely! Using some delicious apricots or plums would work beautifully and, lucky for us all, would make this recipe fall-friendly. Stone fruit behaves very similarly when baked so if you have another type around, bake away.
Depending on how long you plan to store your leftover Peach Bread, we recommend different approaches. If you’ll be having it in the next day or two then placing it in an airtight container over the counter should be absolutely fine. Now, if you’re planning on eating it throughout the week, then it might be a good idea to add some paper towels at the bottom of the container and at the top. If you’re determined to keep this heavenly Peach Bread alive as long as possible, then you should know that moisture is not your friend. Allowing moisture in will only make the bread soggy, and, let’s face it, very unappetizing.
So if you want to extend the life of your favorite fruit bread even longer, or you baked more than one and look forward to the day when you can eat it again, you should opt to freeze it. There are few ways to achieve this:
Once the bread is cooled down, you can keep it in the same bread loaf and wrap it with a freezer-friendly bag. The only downside with this is that you’ll be missing your pan for a little while, but it’s easy and mess-free.
Another option is to wrap the bread loaf tightly in a plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. If you think you won’t be needing the entire loaf next time then make sure you slice it in order to only thaw what you’ll need.
We haven’t tried making this recipe with gluten-free ingredients but you’re more than welcome to try it with some ready-made gluten-free flour mix (like Bob’s Red Mill) or to replace the flour with oat flour and experiment for yourself. If you do, please let us know how it turned out!
We truly hope you give this amazing Peach Bread a try and enjoy baking delicious treats for your loved ones. If you venture into it, don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and Instagram!
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
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