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8.30.2012

Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread

It is officially peach season in Colorado! In the last 2 months I have bought 40 lbs of peaches to eat and bake with and 20 lbs to freeze to enjoy through the winter season. I always enjoyed peaches and then I tasted a Colorado peach from the Palisade area and I fell deeply in LOVE. There is nothing like the fresh, sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach. I eat about two fresh peaches a day during this time of year, I've made a peach crisp, and even enjoy a fresh peach Bellini (or two)! Today I wanted to try a quick bread...this awesome recipe comes from Southern Living which I adapted to be gluten-free and safe for this celiac girl!





Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread  

3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used 1.25 cups Cup4Cup and 1.25 cups Bistro Blend)
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

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Stir together gluten free flours and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl; add peaches, next 4 ingredients, and pecans or walnuts, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into a lightly greased and sugared 9- x 5-inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a long wooden pick 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). Slice and Enjoy!