Butter Pecan Bread

I'm a Nurse.  I don't wear a hat like this, although sometimes I wish I did.  I have an old hat similar to this one that Jeremy's great aunt wore when she worked as a nurse.  It's currently residing in my closet.  I have not decided the best thing to do with it yet.  Frame it maybe?

Being a Nurse means...

You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility, 
and very little authority.
You will step into people's lives, 
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst,
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people's capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin, and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs,
and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot. 
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human,
and to be humane.

So sometimes, after a 12 hour shift of dealing with difficult patients that sometimes bite, hit, curse, and almost fall on top of you, you need some good bread.

This bread did it for me.  What's your favorite ice cream flavor?  Mine's butter pecan.  This bread is butter pecan flavored.  Can we say perfection?


Warm bread, straight from the oven filled with sugar-coated toasted pecans.  So good!  Must...make...more...bread...!

The recipe...

Butter Pecan Bread
Adapted from PB and Graham

2 1/4 cups flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted with cinnamon and sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

Combine egg, buttermilk, and butter, and add to flour mixture.  Stir well to combine.  Add pecans.  

Put batter into a greased and floured loaf pan.  

Bake 45-50 mins.  A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf.  

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