Now that the world’s economy is headed for low levels like during the Great Depression, people are preparing for the worst. Old-time recipes are making a comeback as people search for ways to pack in a lot of nutrition for very little money. And this Great Depression-era peanut butter bread is one item from the 1932 Five Roses Flour cookbook that has proven to be popular now that people are eager to make every dollar count.

The “delicious” bread recipe was shared on Reddit, where it quickly gained a cult following. Although the recipe was originally shared months ago – before the coronavirus sent the world into a standstill – the recipe is becoming even more popular now. Although it might not be easy to find the ingredients because, in some parts of the world, grocery stores are completely sold out of essentials like flour and peanut butter.

Because this recipe is made for simpler times when the economy has crashed, the list of ingredients is pretty simple. You only need to get six things together in various quantities to make this delightful item. The person who shared their bread on Reddit said the baked good tastes just like a peanut butter cookie. It should be something that a lot of people like to eat then.

The following steps come from Tip Hero.

Depression-era peanut butter bread ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/3 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

Depression-era peanut butter bread directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Mix dry ingredients together while the oven is preheating.
  • Mix in the milk with the dry ingredients. Then add peanut butter and make sure you mix it all together, so it is like a batter.
  • Pour mixture into the greased loaf pan so it won’t stick after baking.
  • Bake about 1 hour. You can test the doneness of the peanut butter bread by sticking a knife in the center. If it comes out clean, it is done.

Comments about this delightful recipe were plentiful on both Reddit and the YouTube channel where the video below comes from. Here are a few things people had to say about this recipe.

“Thanks for the memories!! My grandmother made peanut butter bread, my favorite way to eat it was warm with butter and jam!”

“My mother made this but added the flour last. I’ve heard that brands of peanut butter like Skippy were different in consistency in the 30s when my mother was entering her teens. My mother considered this to be like a tea bread or “tea loaf” but not something you would serve to guests.”

“You had me at peanut butter, to be honest. As you said, I’ll bet this would work with Nutella…but Nutella’s so expensive that I’d be reluctant to try it for fear of wasting a bunch of Nutella. I’d be better off just making the peanut butter bread and spreading Nutella on it.”

One person shared their take on the recipe.

“Just cooked this. Waiting for it to cool. Fifty minutes at 325 F. It would have burned if it was in for another 10 min. Jiff peanut butter, and I added a teaspoon of vanilla.”

Is this a recipe you’ll try?

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