peach carrot bread

A couple weeks ago when I picked up our CSA at the farmer's market I perused the rest of the market and ended up buying some peaches.  I've always wanted to make peach cobbler, but I still haven't.  Instead I made this peach carrot bread because we got a bunch of carrots in the CSA too.  It's been a while since I made a yummy loaf.  Dan's been making a lot of soda bread these days, which I love.  I think I could probably eat bread and cheese for the rest of my life and be happy.  Also because bread + cheese = pizza, so that works out nicely.  But slices of cheese on bread is also my favorite.  But I digress: Peach Carrot Bread.

Lately I've been having trouble getting my banana bread to turn out right, so I'm taking a break from banana bread to make some other breads.  I see zucchini bread around all the time, but I don't think I've ever had it, so that's definitely a bread that's on my list to make soon.  After we harvested apples last summer I made some apple carrot bread, but I think this peach carrot bread is even better.  


(recipe adapted slightly from My Recipes)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped fresh, ripe peaches
3/4 cup freshly grated carrots
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl; add peaches, carrots, veggie oil, milk, and eggs, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

2. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, or you can use parchment paper to line the pan, I've found that this works better for me. I also used two smaller loaf pans, about 8 x 4 inch pans, instead of one large 9 x 5 pan.

3. Bake for an hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).