Peanut Butter Bread

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Thing Two is a vegetarian, and since the rest of us are devote carnivores, I am always struggling to make sure she has enough protein for her growing body.  I am also trying to make more things from scratch to cut down on all the preservatives and food coloring in our diets, so I have been churning up bread like its no one's business.  I was inspired tonight to do something a little more creative and include a bit more of the much needed protein, so I sought out a peanut butter bread recipe.

The recipe I used is made for the bread machine (I-heart-bread machines!), and as with most recipes of its kind, it was purdy darn easy.  I normally try to go half-and-half with all purpose and wheat flour with my breads, but I figured adding wheat may make this bread a little too heavy so I went white all the way.  The house smelled divine (if you're into peanut butter, that is) and we couldn't wait to sample this.  The bread was good, but I think there probably is a better recipe out there so I will try a different one next time.  I toasted some bread in the morning and smeared some jelly on top, and for lunch I blended cream cheese and jelly together and made a sandwich with it and the kiddos adored it!  Its definitely a different spin on your traditional PB&J sandwich, and I think my kids appreciated the change up.  Go ahead and give this bread a try, it really is good, but I will be trying different ones in the future to compare...and share!

Peanut Butter Bread
Yields 1 (2 pound) loaf

4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup peanut butter
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1.  Place ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer.

2.  This Bread can be made with the White, Rapid, or Delay bake cycles for two pounds. Select one, and start.

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