Rose Mary Mogan Recipe

Mama's Southern Sweet Bread

By Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois

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Rose Mary's Story

In many countries sweet bread has as many meanings as there are countries. But for my family in Arkansas when mama said she was making sweet bread for supper, it meant that we were in for a real treat. Something we didn't get too often. That meant mama was baking a cake without a frosting. That is what it meant to us.Typically baked in a long pan, so she could let all of us get a piece of the sweet sensation. You can serve it with fresh fruit, or coolwhip. This recipe from my cookbook is in honor of my mother, my first culinary teacher. She taught me well, & I learned a lot. A simple dessert.


3 c
flour, sifted several times
2 1/3 c
2 stick
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5 large
eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 c
1/2 tsp
2 1/2 Tbsp
baking powder
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp
almond extract
few drops yellow food coloring, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter & sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix flour, salt & baking powder in a separate bowl.
Alternately add flour mixture gradually with milk to creamed mixture. Then add extracts & yellow food coloring if using, and beat until blended. Pour into a well greased & lightly floured 9 X 13 X2 inch pan, and bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Can also be baked in a Bundt pan or Loaf Pan, as you desire.
NOTE: She called it sweet bread, because it could satisfy a sweet tooth I suppose, even though she didn't have the ingredients to make a frosting. With a long pan there was enough for all 13 of us, Mom & Dad plus 11 kids to at least each have a piece. We loved this rare treat that made supper special. Have you ever heard of sweet bread, or was it just at our house in Arkansas?

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #sweet, #flavorful

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    Pam Taylor-MacKenzie mackamum - Mar 21, 2012
    Rose Mary, thank you this recipe. It brought back memories of my grandma. She was raised on a small farm near Tifton Georgia. The eldest of 12 children. She made sweet bread/sugar bread. I use to love it. She died before I was oldest enough to learn how she made it. Sometimes she would make some small piklets and melt sugar to pour over. Everything Grandma made seemed to taste so special.
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    Anna Mae Kantor bluelady - Mar 21, 2012
    Oh My My Rose Mary,

    This is going to become one of my staple recipes. I can't wait to try it. Maybe this coming weekend I'll give it a whirl and I WILL let you know how it turns out whenever I make it. I know I'll be making it to take to work to share with my co-workers too.
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

    Anna Mae
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    Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Mar 21, 2012
    What a small world we live in Pam. I am so happy that I could bring back memories for you. I didn't know if any one else had even heard of Sweet bread, so now I know, that mama was not the only one making it. Usually in the south in those days, no matter what state you lived in they all basically cooked the same way, using the same recipes. Thank you so much Pam for your comments. I am the eldest of 11.I had never cooked on a gas stove till I came to Chicago at the age of 20. Thanks again.
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    Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Mar 21, 2012
    Thank you so much Anna Mae, sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that people like the most. I wasn't sure it would interest anyone else except me, but I wanted to post it anyway. It makes me happy that you may make it this weekend. Please keep me posted.