Mama's Southern Sweet Bread
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|3 c||flour, sifted several times|
|2 1/3 c||sugar|
|5 large||eggs, room temperature|
|1 1/4 c||milk|
|2 1/2 Tbsp||baking powder|
|2 tsp||vanilla extract|
|1 1/2 tsp||almond extract|
|few drops yellow food coloring, optional|
Sauk Village, IL (pop. 10,506)
Member Since Sep 2011
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.
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?