Sunday, December 6, 2009

Secret ingredient sweet bread!

This morning I tried a new recipe--a quick sweet bread.  It's similar to banana bread but no bananas.  It's also going to be a fun recipe to share with friends and family because of one special ingredient.  I'm not going to even tell them what it is.  Well, maybe I will if they like it!

Now don't be turned off when I tell you what it is, because when baked you cannot tell that it's in there.  Are you ready??  A can of Pork and Beans! The recipe is from a book by Joanne Fluke--The Plum Pudding Murder.  All her Hannah Swensen mysteries have lots of recipes in them because Hannah has a bakery, and Fluke incorporates the recipes in her stories.  Her books are quick, easy reads and I love reading the recipes. They all are a little different from the usual things I make.

PORK AND BEAN BREAD  (I'm changing the name on my recipe to "Secret Ingredient Bread")

1 15-oz can of Pork and Beans, undrained, pureed with blender or food processor
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (not canola or olive)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3 cups flour

Stir eggs with beans. Add oil and vanilla, mixing well.  Add sugar, then mix in soda, powder, salt and cinnamon.  Mix all this well and add nuts.  Add the flour in one cup increments, stirring after each addition.  Spoon batter into 4 small, greased and sugared loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

I also made the Easy Cheesy Biscuit recipe that was in the book.  Really good!  The recipe had cream of tarter, sour cream and two different cheeses.  This would really be good with stew or beans.

My local library has several of her books.  This is her website:

Try one, they're delightful!


  1. "Taste like Chicken?" I'll have to give a try!

  2. Linda, thanks for sharing this recipe...I'm going to have to try this one. The pork and beans as an ingredient intrigues me. I can't imagine what it tastes like but you don't know if you like something until you try it! I just found your blog and am enjoying reading it...Happy New Year! From one Linda to another...