FANTASTIC! I made this recipe 3 times before I really feel like I got it just right! Here are my discoveries: 1. I added just a dash of nutmeg and ground cloves. 2. I halved the recipe and made two 7 1/2" x 9" loaves, but the first time I used the temperature and time given in the recipe, resulting in two doughy (but delicious) uncooked loaves. If making two loaves, do 325 degrees for 1 hr 10 mins, they bake perfectly! 3. I can't really make the butter and sugar in the beginning "cream" together, there's just too much sugar, (but don't change the sugar amount!) So don't worry if it doesn't look creamy. 4. I used an electric mixer to mix the wet ingredients together, but I hand-mixed the flour into the mixture. Try #2 I used the electric mixer to incorporate the flour, the loaves turned out to be a bit too light and airy for me, like cake. Hand-mixing in the flour created a denser, more bread-like consistency. 5. Making a crumbly topping is a MUST. I took a topping recipe from Zucchini Bread IV from this site, but I modified it just a little bit for two loaves: ~ 1/2 cup packed brown sugar ~ 1/2 cup all-purpose flour ~ 2 or 3 tablespoons butter or margarine ~ 1 teaspoon cinnamon ~ 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. I microwaved the butter for just a while to make it nice and soft, mixed it together with a fork until it was cumbly, and spooned it over the loaves before putting it in the oven. This bread is SO good and easy, even for a novice baker like myself!
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FANTASTIC! I made this recipe 3 times before I really feel like I got it just right! Here are...