August 24, 2012

Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread

Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread


It seems that this time of year seems to divide people into two camps: those who are already dreaming of pumpkin pie, apple cider, cozy sweaters, and all those warm and fuzzy things that go along with the fall season, and those who are not yet ready to say goodbye to warm weather, long days of sunshine, and abundant fresh summer fruits and veggies.  I definitely fall into the latter camp; as much as I love fall, I always feel like summer’s way too short and I haven’t fit in enough peach/tomato/blueberry/corn/basil/etc. goodness yet!

Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread


I also feel like I have a ton of summer recipes still to share with you guys and I’m running out of time to do so, so I’m trying to switch from two to three posts per week over these last few weeks of summer.  So because I’ve spent more time than usual on blogging this week and also seem to have WAY more schoolwork than usual this week, I’m going to keep today’s post fairly short!

Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread


This is a dense, hearty bread with bursts of sweet peaches and hints of warm spices throughout, so it’s perfect for this transition period from summer to fall.  It’s also pretty healthy, made with whole wheat flour and oats, non-fat yogurt, and only 2 tablespoons of oil.  I’ve been loving eating it for a snack every day this week just on its own, but I think it would be amazing toasted with fresh peach jam too!

Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread


Whole Wheat Peach Oatmeal Bread

Adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, via Slow Like Honey

Makes one 9x5 inch loaf

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups diced ripe peaches (from about 3 peaches)
2 large eggs (I used Omega 3 eggs)
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through oats) in a large bowl.  Add the diced peaches and stir to coat the peaches.  In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just evenly moistened.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

9 comments:

  1. I'm definitely on your side - I wish summer could last longer...I could go on eating tomatoes and corn for a while, and I'm not ready to switch from sitting outside in the warm sun to huddling under a blanket yet!
    I'm glad you got a chance to make something with peaches before their season is over. This bread was so moist and hearty, and I loved all the hunks of fresh peaches in it!

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  2. Joanne @ Eats Well With OthersAugust 25, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Haha seems like we're on the same page this week with our yearning for summer to last forever!! This quickbread is an awesome use of those peaches! Way to let them shine,

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  3. Thanks! I need to fit in so many more peach recipes though while they're still so good!

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  4. Thanks! I'm glad you haven't switched over to the fall side yet either :)

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  5. I am so happy that peaches are what is on the front post of every blog right now- and that every recipe is so different!! This looks so beautiful. I might try a gluten free rendition. Keep you posted!

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  6. Mmm! What a great way to use up fresh summer peaches :)


    I am very anxious for fall, but also very sad summer is coming to a close. The past few years, we've had an incredibly warm fall. The days are nice, warm and sunny and the evenings cool and crisp. It's been the perfect blend of temperatures. However, I know it's been a rarity to have such warm fall days, so we shall see what this year brings for us on the prairies!

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  7. Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesAugust 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I wish I had a slice of this in front of me right now! It looks so moist, especially with all the chunks of peaches in there. I'm looking forward to fall produce, but I will miss fresh peaches for sure.

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  8. Definitely let me know how it turns out if you try!

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  9. I was just reading how Canada is going to have a warmer fall than usual, so I"m looking forward to it!

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