Peanut Butter Bread

Peanut Butter Bread

The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 hrs 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 pound loaf
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
198 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 94mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Did you ever think to put peanut butter inside your bread instead of on top? This rich bread is perfect for breakfast, toasted with jelly! Of course, you could add more peanut butter when the bread is toasted, for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

As with all breads, be sure you measure carefully and use the best ingredients. Make sure that your yeast is fresh. Always follow expiration dates on yeast. There's nothing worse than making a loaf of bread, only to have a failure because the yeast has expired. And carefully follow the directions that came with your bread machine.

"The bread worked well in my Zojirushi machine on the basic cycle with the light crust setting. Peanut butter brands vary in moisture, so check the bread for dryness/wetness after a few minutes into the kneading cycle. The bread has a nice peanut butter aroma as it bakes and a light peanut butter flavor." —Diana Rattray

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1 1/8 cups (255 grams) warm water, about 190 F

  • 1/4 cup (72 grams) creamy peanut butter

  • 3 cups (388 grams) bread flour

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Peanut Butter Bread ingredients

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  2. Measuring carefully, place the water, peanut butter, bread flour, brown sugar, salt, and bread machine yeast in the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

    place the water, peanut butter, bread flour, brown sugar, salt, and bread machine yeast in the bread machine

    The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

  3. Select "Sweet" or "Basic/White" cycle. Use "Medium" or "Light Crust Color" and turn the machine on. When the bread is finished it should be a dark gold color and should sound hollow when you tap it with your fingers. You can also test the temperature of the bread; it should be about 210 F.

    peanut butter bread in a bread machine

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  4. Carefully remove the bread from the bread machine pan and cool on a wire rack.

    Peanut Butter Bread on a wire cooling rack

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  • Always read the booklet that comes with your appliances before you use them.
  • If you haven't used your yeast in some time, here's how to check it for freshness. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar in a liquid measuring cup with 1/2 cup of warm (100 F to 110 F) water. Add 1 packet (2 1/2 teaspoons) of dry yeast to the water and let it stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the mixture should be foaming enough to reach the 1-cup mark.
  • If you don't use yeast often, put it in a zip-close bag and freeze it until you need it for a recipe.
  • If your bread did not come out as expected, check your bread machine manual for troubleshooting tips.

How to Store

  • Take the loaf out of the bread machine immediately and cool it completely on a wire rack. Place the cooled loaf in a resealable bag or wrap it in foil. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze, wrap the completely cooled loaf in plastic wrap, then wrap it in foil. Properly wrapped bread should last for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Why did the top of my bread machine loaf collapse?

A loaf can collapse if there is too much liquid, too much yeast, not enough salt, the flour was too low in gluten, or not enough flour.

Why is my loaf short and dense?

There are few things that can cause a dense loaf, including using all-purpose instead of bread flour, too much flour/dry dough, too much fat or sugar, or hard water. If your water is hard, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.