Peach Bread Recipe

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If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh peaches, this Peach Bread recipe is a fantastic way to transform them. This quick bread is easy to make and ohh so delicious. It is the perfect treat for any occasion, especially when you craving summer and it is raining outside. This Peach Bread with Pecan Crumble will get you brownie points amongst family and friends, if you decide to share with them 🙂 

peach bread sliced, dish with honey, small knife, cup of coffee, top view

I made this Peach Bread on my smoker, but of course you can bake it in the oven. This bread comes together quickly and as quickly will be gone. It is soo good.

Why you will love this Peach Bread Recipe

Irresistible flavor – sweet, juicy, fresh peaches with a hint of cinnamon, tender bread and crunchy pecans. 

Summer vibe in every bite – you don’t need to go anywhere. Make this quick bread and you will feel like sunshine and lazy summer afternoons. 

Versatility – enjoy it for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or as dessert. Peach Bread is a versatile treat for any occasion.

Well, it is not a banana bread 🙂 great and delicious quick bread alternative if you are not a fan of banana bread.

Perfect for Sharing –  only if you really want to! Make a batch of Peach Bread and watch it disappear faster than you can say “summertime.” 

Ingredients, Variations and Substitutions

Peach Bread Ingredients

All-purpose flour – main dry ingredient in the peach quick bread, providing structure and texture. Sift the flour before adding it to the batter for a lighter texture. You can substitute with whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor or gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free option. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary slightly.

Baking powder – is a leavening agent that helps the peach quick bread rise and become fluffy. Ensure the baking powder is fresh for optimal rising power. If you’re out of baking powder, you can use baking soda mixed with an acid like lemon juice or vinegar. Use 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Baking soda –  another leavening agent that reacts with acidic ingredients to create carbon dioxide bubbles, making the bread rise. Use the correct amount to avoid any bitter taste in the peach quick bread. There’s no direct substitute for baking soda, as its leavening action is unique. Ensure it’s fresh for best results.

Salt and cinnamon – salt enhances flavor, while cinnamon adds warmth and spice to the bread.

Eggs – binding agent providing moisture to the bread. Using room temperature eggs ensures they mix evenly into the batter.  You can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg) for a vegan option or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce per egg for a lower cholesterol alternative.

Sugar – adds sweetness and helps tenderize the bread. You can use granulated sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol.

Butter – adds richness and flavor to the bread. Use butter that is softened but not melted for proper creaming with sugar. You can substitute with margarine or vegetable shortening for a dairy-free option, but the flavor and texture may vary slightly.

Pecans – add crunch and nuttiness to the crumble topping. Chop the pecans to the desired size for the topping. You can use other nuts like walnuts or almonds, or omit them for a nut-free option.

Fresh peaches – peeled and diced. Use ripe but firm peaches for the best texture. You can use canned peaches (drained) or frozen peaches (thawed and drained) if fresh peaches are not available.

Heavy whipping cream – adds richness and moisture to the bread. Use cold whipping cream for better incorporation into the batter. You can substitute with whole milk, half-and-half, or a non-dairy alternative like coconut cream or almond milk for a lighter option.

Greek yogurt (or sour cream) – it adds moisture and tanginess to the bread. Use full-fat Greek yogurt for the richest texture. You can interchangeably use Greek yogurt or sour cream. For a dairy-free option, use coconut yogurt or a non-dairy sour cream alternative.

Vanilla extract – enhances the flavor of the bread. Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. You can use vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder as alternatives. For a different flavor profile, try almond extract or rum extract.

Brown sugar – adds caramel flavor and sweetness to the filling. Ensure the brown sugar is packed for accurate measurement. You can use granulated sugar or coconut sugar as alternatives.

Cold butter – creates a crumbly texture in the topping when mixed with flour and pecans. Cut the butter into small cubes and chill it before incorporating it into the crumble mixture. You can use margarine or vegetable shortening for a dairy-free option.

Equipment you will need 

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk, spatula
  • Baking pan/Loaf pan
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Chef’s knife, vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Oven or smoker 
  • Aluminum foil (optional)
  • Cooling rack
  • Food thermometer
Peach bread front view, small dish with butter, honey, pecans, bottle with milk in the back

Top Tips 

Choose ripe but firm peaches – select peaches that are ripe but still firm for the best flavor and texture. Overly ripe peaches may become mushy when baked.

Prep the peaches properly – peel and dice the peaches uniformly to ensure even distribution throughout the bread. Removing the peach skins prevents any unwanted texture in the final product. Click HERE to read more how to expedite the ripening process of peaches.

Adjust sweetness – taste your peaches before adding sugar to the filling. Depending on their sweetness, you may need to adjust the amount of added sugar or sweetener to balance the flavors. Also if you planning on applying glaze, I would recommend reducing the amount of sugar added to the batter.

Avoid overmixing – When mixing the the dry and wet ingredients in batter, avoid overmixing which can result in a tough bread. Mix until just combined for a tender texture.

Room temperature ingredients – Use room temperature eggs and softened butter for easier incorporation into the batter. Room temperature ingredients also help create a smoother and more uniform texture.

Add texture with pecan crumble – sprinkle the pecan crumble evenly over the top of the bread batter before baking. I also mixed it lightly with the top layer of the batter.

Check for doneness – use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness. Insert it into the center of the bread; if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the bread is ready. Avoid overbaking to prevent dryness.

Cool completely before slicing – allow the Peach Bread to cool completely in the pan before slicing. This allows the flavors to settle and ensures clean slices without crumbling.

Try different variations! – For a charming twist on serving this Peach Bread, you can bake mini loaves or peach muffins instead of a traditional loaf. The smaller size of the mini loaves is perfect for serving at parties or events. You can also customize each mini loaf with different toppings or mix-ins.

Step by step instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 350°F (175°C) using indirect heat. You can use fruitwood like apple or cherry for a subtle smoky flavor.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  • In another bowl, combine sugar with eggs. When done, add the wet ingredients – yogurt, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and softened butter. Mix well to combine.

  • Wash, peel and dice the fresh peaches. In a separate bowl, combine diced peaches, sugar (or sweetener) and cinnamon. Mix gently until the peaches are evenly coated.

  • Transfer the prepared wet batter into the bowl with flour. Mix well until smooth. 

  • In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and cold butter. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix until crumbly

  • Add the diced peaches to the bread batter, reserve one cup to use later. Mix gently until the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the batter.

  • Grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish. 
  • Sprinkle half of the pecan crumble mixture evenly over the top of the bread batter. Using a fork or a spoon lightly mix the crumb topping with the top layer of the batter.
  • Layer the reserved cup of diced peaches on top of the batter and finish with more of the crumb topping.

  • Place the prepared loaf pan on the smoker rack.
  • Close the smoker and bake the Peach Bread for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Check the bread occasionally to ensure it’s baking evenly, rotating the pan if necessary.
  • If the crumble starts to brown too quickly, you can tent the bread with aluminum foil.
  • Once done, remove the Peach Bread from the smoker and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve slices of Peach Bread warm or at room temperature, and enjoy the delicious smoky flavor infused into every bite!
freshly baked peach bread in a baking dish, small plate with butter and honey, knife

Oven instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Transfer the Peach Bread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

How to use this dish, best way to enjoy

  • Warm and plain 
  • With a dollop of whipped cream
  • Drizzle with honey
  • Top with a scoop of ice cream
  • Top with chopped peaches
  • Pair it with fresh berries
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • Alongside hot beverage of your choice
  • As a breakfast of brunch
  • On a cheese platter – this Peach Bread pairs well with creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese, adding a touch of sweetness to the savory spread.
  • Share with others

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Storage instructions, reheating

  • Room Temperature:
    • If you plan to consume the Peach Bread within a day or two, you can store it at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigeration:
    • Place the Peach Bread it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent it from absorbing any odors from the fridge.
    • Enjoy within 5-7 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freezing:
    • To extend the shelf life even further, you can freeze the Peach Bread. Wrap individual slices or the entire peach loaf tightly in plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
    • use within 2-3 months for the best quality and taste
  • Reheating:
    • If the Peach Bread has been stored at room temperature, you can enjoy it as is. You can also warm it slightly in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
    • If you’ve stored the Peach Bread in the refrigerator, you can either enjoy it cold or reheat. Here’s how:
      • Microwave: Place individual slices on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 15-30 seconds, or until warmed through.
      • Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Wrap the Peach Bread in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.
    • If you’ve frozen the Peach Bread you will need to thaw in the fridge first. Here is how:
      • Transfer the frozen Peach Bread from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight.
      • Alternatively, you can let individual slices thaw at room temperature for a few hours.
sliced peach bread, two mugs, bottle with milk, knife
Peach bread, front look, one slice to the left, small knife

Peach Bread with Pecan Crumble

Sylwia Vaclavek
If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh peaches, this Peach Bread is a fantastic way to transform them. Easy to make and ohh so delicious. This Peach Bread with Pecan Crumble will get you brownie points amongst family and friends.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 288 kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk, spatula
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife
  • vegetable peeler
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • cooling rack
  • Wood pellet smoker or oven
  • Food Thermometer –

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Fruit Filling

  • 2 cups fresh peaches peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp sugar sweetener or honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pecan Crumble

  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your smoker to 350°F (175°C) using indirect heat. You can use fruitwood like apple or cherry for a subtle smoky flavor.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In another bowl, combine sugar with eggs. When done, add yogurt, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and softened butter. Mix well to combine.
  • Wash, peel and dice the peaches. In a separate bowl, combine diced peaches, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix gently until the peaches are evenly coated.
  • Transfer the prepared wet batter into the bowl with flour. Mix well until smooth.
  • Add the diced peaches to the bread batter, reserve one cup to use later. Mix gently until the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  • Grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, pecans, cinnamon and cold butter. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle half of the pecan crumble mixture evenly over the top of the bread batter. Using a fork or a spoon lightly mix the crumb topping with the top layer of the batter.
  • Layer the reserved cup of diced peaches on top of the batter and finish with more of the crumb topping.
  • Place the loaf pan on the smoker rack.
  • Close the smoker and bake the Peach Bread for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Check the bread occasionally to ensure it’s baking evenly, rotating the pan if necessary.
  • If the crumble starts to brown too quickly, you can tent the bread with aluminum foil.
  • Once done, remove the Peach Bread from the smoker and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve slices of Peach Bread warm or at room temperature

Notes

Choose ripe but firm peaches – select peaches that are ripe but still firm for the best flavor and texture. Overly ripe peaches may become mushy when baked
Prep the peaches properly – peel and dice the peaches uniformly to ensure even distribution throughout the bread. Removing the peach skins prevents any unwanted texture in the final product.
Avoid overmixing – When mixing the batter, avoid overmixing which can result in a tough bread. Mix until just combined for a tender texture.
Cool completely before slicing – allow the Peach Bread to cool completely in the pan before slicing. This allows the flavors to settle and ensures clean slices without crumbling

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 355mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 566IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
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Conclusion

Do you agree, Peach Bread is a delightful treat that captures the essence of summer in every bite. 

With its tender crumb, juicy, fresh peaches, and hint of cinnamon, it’s a quick bread recipe that brings warmth and comfort to any occasion. Whether enjoyed as a sweet breakfast option, afternoon snack, or a satisfying dessert, Peach Bread never fails to impress with its delicious flavor. Get ready to enjoy the taste of summer with every slice of homemade Peach Bread. 

FAQ

Can I use canned or frozen peaches instead of fresh? 

Yes, you can substitute canned or frozen peaches for fresh peaches. Just make sure to drain canned peaches well and thaw and drain frozen peaches before using them in the recipe.

Can I make Peach Bread gluten-free?

Yes, you can make Peach Bread gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Make sure to check that all other ingredients are also gluten-free.

Can I omit the pecan crumble topping? 

Yes, you can omit the pecan crumble topping if you prefer. The bread will still be delicious without it, though you’ll miss out on the added texture and flavor.

Can I make Peach Bread ahead of time? 

Yes, you can make Peach Bread ahead of time. It can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or frozen for longer storage. Reheat slices before serving if desired.

How do I know when Peach Bread is done baking? 

You can use a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the bread to check for doneness. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the bread is done.

Can I add other fruits or nuts to the Peach Bread? 

Yes, you can customize the recipe by adding other fruits like berries or diced apples. Incorporating different nuts like walnuts or almonds into the batter or crumble topping is a great alternative to pecans.

Can I use a different type of sweetener in the recipe? 

Yes, you can use different types of sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar. Adjust the amount according to taste.

Can I bake Peach Bread in a different type of pan? 

Yes, you can bake Peach Bread in different types of pans, such as muffin tins for individual servings or a bundt pan for a decorative shape. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

Can I make Peach Bread vegan? 

Yes, you can make Peach Bread vegan by using plant-based substitutes for eggs, butter, and dairy products. For example, you can use flax eggs, vegan butter, and non-dairy milk or yogurt.

Can I add spices like nutmeg or ginger to the Peach Bread? 

Yes, you can customize the flavor of the Peach Bread by adding spices like nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom to the batter or crumble topping according to your taste preferences.

How can I expedite the ripening process of peaches if they are too firm to use in this recipe?

Here are few popular methods to speed up the ripening process:

Place the peaches in a paper bag and fold the top over to seal it. Adding a ripe banana or apple to the bag can further increase the ethylene levels and speedup the ripening.

Place the peaches on the counter at room temperature. Keep them out of direct sunlight, as excessive heat can cause them to spoil rather than ripen.

Use a Ripening Bowl. Yes, there are specialized fruit ripening bowls designed to accelerate the ripening process.

Wrap each peach individually in a paper towel and place them in a single layer in a shallow dish. The paper towel helps absorb excess moisture and encourages ripening.

Placing the peaches in a slightly warm environment, such as near a sunny window or on top of the refrigerator, can also help speed up the ripening process.

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