Browned butter and pecans come together in the best way for a Butter Pecan Bread that is perfect for breakfast or snacking.
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From the beginning of time, I’ve been a weird human being. I was an especially bizarre little kid.
Exhibit A: I have never liked chocolate, and as a little kid I really didn’t care for any type of candy. I suppose my sweet tooth just wasn’t fully formed yet. (Unfortunately, this is no longer an issue for me…)
Exhibit B: I was a ridiculous book worm, to the point where when I would get in trouble (which, honestly, was not very often), my parents would take away my books. Not TV, not dessert, not play time. No, I was not allowed to read before bed at night. My husband and mother-in-law still think this is just about the funniest (and most ridiculous) thing they have ever heard.
Exhibit C: For as long as I can remember, my favorite flavor of ice cream was butter pecan. Not chocolate chip (see Exhibit A), not bubblegum (gross, why does that exist?), not any of those typical “kid” flavors. Butter pecan had my heart then and it has my heart now.
I was recently ruminating on this love of butter pecan ice cream and thought, “What if I put those flavors into a loaf of bread?” Because, even though it is summer and I could totally get away with making a batch of ice cream, carbs are never out of season at my house. And so, I browned some butter, toasted up some Diamond Nuts pecan halves, and threw it all into a quick bread batter.
While this Butter Pecan Bread was baking, my kitchen smelled like what I imagine Heaven must smell like.
Make this quick Butter Pecan Bread for breakfast, or put it out for snacking this weekend while friends and family are over. It may not be red, white or blue, but it is damn delicious and that’s enough for me.
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 1½ cups Diamond of California Shelled Pecans
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter just starts to take on a light brown color. Add the pecans and stir frequently until the butter takes on a nice caramel color and the nuts are fragrant. Remove butter and nuts to a bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and granulated sugar.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and brown sugar until lightened in color and well combined, then whisk in the yogurt and vanilla bean paste. Add the yogurt mixture and the browned butter and pecans to the dry ingredients, and fold together just until the flour is incorporated.
- Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the loaf pan and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Bread will last, well wrapped at room temperature, for 3-4 days.
I thought Heaven is going to smell like roast lamb. Maybe this will be dessert.
Heavenly! So rich and nutty, yum!
Exhibit C is probably reason number 500 why we are friends. I remember going out to dinner with my grandma to all those Greek family restaurants that serve breakfast all day and I would always order the butter pecan ice cream for dessert. So good. As I was reading this I swear I could smell the bread baking in my kitchen.
Seriously, how are we not just the same person.
Love this quick bread! Sounds like the best of both worlds, delicious ice cream flavors and cake 🙂
I love pecans and this bread sounds delicious – going to try this!
Can you freeze this?
I haven’t tried yet (it hasn’t lasted long enough for me to do so!) but generally any quick bread like this freezes quite well. I recommend wrapping in plastic wrap, then in foil. If you really want to go crazy, stuff that inside a freezer ziplock, although that is generally not super necessary.
I also got punished by being told no reading before bed!!! ahhh books <3
and I wish I'd been a smart enough kid to appreciate the tastiness of butter pecan, but it's ok because I'm making up for lost time now 😀 This bread is such brilliant idea and it looks delicious!
This is why we spend forever being adults…to make up for our silly mistakes as kids! 😉
Can you use just regular all purpose flour if you don’t
Hi Sara – Yes, AP flour should work fine. Hope this helps!
My husband would looooove this bread. He is a huge fan of butter pecan anything!
I think he and I would get along well!
I need to get on the brown butter wagon! This looks amazing! Gorgeous photos – I always find loaves very hard to photograph but yours are perfect!
Thank you, Jessica! And you totally need to jump on the wagon – it’s a delicious one!
My dad used to come into the living room, see me reading and say “what, is the TV broken??” They still tease me to this day! I absolutely LOVE butter pecan ice cream so I will most definitely be making this!
Hahahaha I think we may be kindred spirits 🙂