This 90-year-old peanut butter bread recipe is blowing up on social media

Forget isolation banana bread! Everyone has moved on to this super simple no-yeast Depression-Era peanut butter loaf.

There have been many viral recipes during the iso-period: slow-cooker Bailey's and Malteaser fudge, three-ingredient bread, dalgona coffee, etc. But none have been quite as widely celebrated as both the newest and oldest online bake-sensation: peanut butter bead. 


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The recipe first appeared in the 1932 Canadian cookbook Five Roses: A Guide to Good Cooking by Elizabeth Driver. It was recently posted to Reddit's Old Recipes sub-page and took off from there.

Canadian YouTube chef, Glen & Friends Cooking, is also credited as an original inspiration behind the craze. He specialises in recreating Depression-era dishes from vintage cookbooks and his video on peanut butter bread is referenced frequently on the Reddit sub.

The loaf only requires six pantry staples - with no yeast needed - and also is easily customisable with chocolate chips, sultanas or nuts. 



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2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/3 cup milk

2/3 cup peanut butter

To begin, pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees and prep your loaf pan. First, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Once thoroughly combined, gradually add in the milk and then the peanut butter. Pour mix into your loaf pan and bake for roughly one hour. 

After 45 to 50 minutes of baking, begin to check the bread's doneness by sticking a knife or skewer in the centre. It is fully cooked when the knife comes out clean. Once done, let cool and then enjoy!



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Resourceful cooks have shared their ideas for how to utilise this peanutty bread.

"That toasted with some honey would be so good," wrote one Reddit user, who continued to brainstorm: "What about French toast? FRENCH FRICKEN PEANUTBUTTER TOAST."

Fans of the recipe also commented on how simple it is to make. "For anyone interested, my 3.5 year old was able to do 80% of the work, it took about 7 minutes from inspiration to oven, and only dirtied one bowl. That makes it a big win here and a good kid project," said another home baker.

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