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Nut Bread

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Makes 1 loaf
Assistant Test Kitchens Director James Schend learned this nut bread recipe from his mom, who bakes her bread in coffee cans.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shortening, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Sift flour and next 3 ingredients into a large bowl; stir to combine. Add milk and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in nuts, and, if desired, cranberries.

    Making a Quick Bread Loaf
  2. Pour batter evenly into 2 greased (13-ounce) coffee cans or into 1 greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loafpan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ocean Spray Craisins for dried cranberries. To remove coffee odor from coffee cans, rinse cans well with soap and water, removing all coffee grounds. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons baking soda onto bottom of each can; add 1 teaspoon water, and mix, forming a paste. Scrub paste onto entire interior of coffee can; let stand 15 minutes. Rinse well, and dry.