By Kevin Williams
My parents were exploring one of my favorite Plain communities last week, the Old Order Mennonite settlement near Dayton, Virginia. While there they stopped at one of my favorite Plain businesses: Rocky Cedar Enterprises, a combination book store,fabric store and sundry shop run by two Mennonite sisters. While they were there they picked up a gift for our 2-year-old daughter Aster: a kid-sized set of bakeware! Mom said the one of the Mennonite sisters told them that a lot of the Mennonite moms use this kitchenware as a "starter set" for their children as they steep them in kitchen traditions.
This bakeware goes right in the oven.
I don't do many "repeat recipes"....if I am going to bother to bake or cook, I might as well try something new so we can post on Amish365.com But, wow, if I were ever to stick a recipe into my "favorite file" for future use this bread would make the cut. This Amish Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bread recipe comes to us from an Amish baker in Holmes County, Ohio.
It's an easy bread to make. If I had to do it over again I might have added a smidge more than a cup of chocolate chips to it (really, can you EVER have too many chips?). If you don't have whole wheat flour, regular flour will do. But this made a really, really good, tasty bread that would go well as either a sweet breakfast bread or, as I've been using it for this week, a bedtime snack. And this was a great bread to make with a 2-year-old: quick, easy and she was shrieking with excitement when it was time to remove it from the oven!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 /2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Cup milk
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Cup chocolate chips
- Glaze: half cup confectioners sugar, quarter stick butter, tablespoon peanut butter and handful of chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, cup of sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk into the batter just until combined. Fold in the cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan.
- Mix the glaze and set aside.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 50 - 55 minutes (half way through remove from oven and add the glaze), or until a cake tester comes out clean.