Saturday, August 3, 2013

Candy Bread?

Yes. Candy and bread combined make candy bread. Whoohoo! Check it out!

This would make a great Christmas gift bread too.

Gumdrop Bread


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup small gumdrops, cut in half (see notes)
1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of loaf pan (9x5x3 inches).

Beat all ingredients except gumdrops and nuts in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 15 seconds. Beat on medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Stir in gumdrops and nuts. Pour into pan.

Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely about 2 hours, before slicing. For best results, wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours before slicing.

Recipe notes: Hold the nuts! Some kids have serious nut allergies, so check with parents before sharing this gumdrop goodie.

Squeeze those gumdrops in the store. Look for soft and moist candies for best bread results.

Source: Betty Crocker recipe. You can find it here.

Notes: The bread itself isn't overly sweet. At first, I felt it could be a little sweeter...but after having a few more slices, I decided it was good that it wasn't too sweet because you get a lot of sweetness from the gumdrops.

I would also suggest tossing the gumdrops in some flour before mixing it into the batter. It will keep the gumdrops from sinking to the bottom. That way, the candy will be interspersed throughout the bread.

As I was eating this bread, I thought of some good possibilities. Our grocery store has some awesome Juju fish that are just the right consistency and softness. Some of those chopped up would be absolutely delicious in this bread.

I also think Swedish Fish might work well in this recipe. They might be a little too firm though. I'll have to try it out and report back as to how successful that is. However, if it is a success, can you imagine anything better than Swedish Fish bread?!

Above: I found this recipe, but thanks to my mom for trying it out and sharing it with us! It was yummy!

1 comment:

  1. I had wanted to try this for a long time. I think it might work as muffins, too; which would be a little more kid-friendly.