Friday, January 15, 2010

Pecan & Red Onion Bread

I am such a scatterbrain. I promised to post this recipe quite a while back, and I'm not sure even to whom I promised it to, 'though I think it was Janice of Meatless Mamma.

This bread is a delicious dunker for homemade soup and salad for a simple supper. My youngest son likes it toasted for breakfast. Me? I'll eat it either way!

The directions are for dumping in the ingredients in the listed order for my bread machine... sorry! But I think it's a pretty adaptable recipe whether or not you use a bread machine... along the same lines as making white bread from scratch. And don't be afraid to play around with it a bit, such as adding a cup of Whole Wheat Flour instead of all Unbleached White Flour, or honey instead of sugar. I hope you like it!

Pecan and Red Onion Bread

1 Tablespoon dry Yeast
3 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon warm Milk
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 cup chopped Red Onion
1 or 2 cloves minced Garlic
3/4 cup chopped Pecans
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup grated Cheddar Cheese

Add all ingredients in the order listed to your Bread Machine, adding a little extra flour as needed to make a dough that holds together in a soft ball. I like to put mine on the manuel setting, and when it's cycle has completed, I place the dough in a greased Bread Pan, let it rise for about 45 minutes, then bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes.


  1. Laura, you were right it was me you promised it to and it is well worth the wait! Thank you so much for posting it, I am going to make it tommorrow since I just bought pecans. I am a very happy camper, it looks so amazing!!
    By the way, your bowl with the blue birds in the photo is so cute, I just love it.

  2. Hi Janet, my apologies for taking so long to get this recipe for you! I sure hope you love it as much as we do!
    I paid two dollars for that bowl at a tag sale this past autumn! I thought it was a little high priced, but those darling bluebirds snagged my heart away from my brain! And it'll remind me of that lovely day that my mom and I spent on the way up to Vermont to get feed!

  3. Hello! I am very interested in a blog banner you have for sale on Etsy! It is funny how the idea for it is what my sister and I wanted to begin with months ago but couldn't find something premade that we liked, until I found this one. Perfect colors and everything, but I do have a question before I buy. Could you please contact me at breach4@msn {dot} com so we can chat about it? THANK YOU!!
    x Kristine

  4. Hi Kristine, I just found your note, so I will contact you shortly! xox ~Laura

  5. That'd be great Laura! Thank you *Ü* And I see you clicked to follow my blog... I'm honored, thanks! Hope to hear from you soon.

  6. Ciao Janet,

    buona questa ricetta ! l'ho provata e la mia famiglie è intusiasta del risultato.


    P.S. Ti consiglio di mettere un traduttore.

  7. That makes me want to go to my kitchen and make some fresh bread right this minute...but it's 2:00 in the morning right now....and sleep is what I need first!

    love your site...i'll come back again....when it's daytime!
    come by my site and visit me too sometime...I'd love to see you there!

  8. It looks delicious Laura! I took a bread class a long time ago and have never made bread since! Need to practice before we get warm weather!

  9. My goodness, I have been slacking on replying to everybody! I'm sorry! Now, let's see...

    Oh dear, Rosarita, I do not know what you posted, and somehow, I think it was meant for Janet! My apologies... can anyone help?

    Hi Carmelina... what a pretty name! Goodness, no! Sleep is much more important than the bread! Perhaps you'll give it a try at some point! Thank you for the visit and kind words, Carmelina! I'll be sure to visit you! xox ~Laura

    Hello Nancy! I hope you had a chance to try this bread. I have two words for anyone who hesitates at breadmaking... BREAD MACHINE!!! I used to make bread almost daily by hand when my four children were little. Then I got a bread machine and thought I died and went to heaven! I most always just use the manuel setting, and I love how it saves time!

  10. This looks like a big winner! Just using my bread maker more and wanted some new tips. Thanks!

  11. Hi! I just found you via your etsy banner shop :) You create some lovely things! I'm in need of some designs, but I'm now following your blog too. My husband would die if I was such a good homemaker and baked him bread. *sigh* In my defense, I'm very disabled! I do love to sew just as my mom and grandma did, and I have a few prized recipes from my family that I wrote down (luckily) before my mom would not have been able to remember them.

    The part about not being afraid to play around w/the recipe...I am! I can burn ANYTHING LOL. You've inspired me to make either my mom's choc. zucchini bread or banana bread :)

  12. Oh Boy!!!I can smell the bread now. Can you say carbohydrates oh ya baby. I'm going to give this recipe a try for sure. My mouth is watering already. Hehehhe... As always I love your blog..It feels like my grandma's house, this a huge compliment. She was my best friend and we would spend hours together either talking none stop or just enjoying each others company...her house always smelled of fresh baking, and apples.

  13. Oh brother... I'm STILL slacking!

    Hi Julie... I hope you tried this and liked it! Don't you just love the ease of a bread machine? Thank you for reading!

    Hello Boutique Belle! Thank you for your kind words! What a sweetheart! I'm so glad you have some of your mom's and gram's recipes before they were only a memory. You have one up on me, my dear! I do not sew unless I have to! And I really want to learn to knit and crochet, but I have no patience for that!!! I hope you got around to making that chocolate-zucchini bread too! Stay in touch!

    Oh Crista, How lovely to hear from you! It's been a long time! What a lovely compliment... thank you so much!!! You're such a love. My friend always used to look for the cookie jar when she came to visit, and said it was just like her Grandma's because she always kept a full cookie jar! Now with my grandchildren, I try to do the same!!! I'll hop over one of these days to visit your blog, Crista!!

    My apologies again for not keeping a better eye on things friends!