Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
I have no idea why this is called California Breakfast Bread or where it comes from. I found this recipe typed, by a real typewriter, on a sheet of note paper. Goes to show that it has been around for awhile. It is scrumptious.
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1⁄2 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup raisins or 1⁄4 cup chopped dates
- 1⁄4 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans.)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prepare a non-stick loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray.
- Mix together all ingredients and pour into prepared pan.
- Place pan in oven and lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Turn loaf out on rack and cool.
- Allow bread to cool at least 8 hours before slicing and toasting this bread.
This is a great bread with a lovely dark brown color and a very fine and dense crumb. I substituted 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour (this is the substitution ratio that I have found works best for me) and used dried cranberries rather than raisins and walnuts for the nuts. It's not a terribly sweet bread, so next time I might add some more fruit bits because they add a nice sweetness to the bread. The bread is so dense and moist it is almost textured like a fine cake, but definitely much healthier! It rose well and is a really pretty loaf. Despite the whole grains, it is not dry, too dense or crumbly at all. You're right- it is scrumptious!
California is (or used to be?) the "land of milk and honey", thus the name! With all those fruits and nuts, it's a perfect name for a lovely bread. I used raisins AND dried cranberries, probably close to a cup total, and finely chopped walnuts. Also used the powdered buttermilk, and added about 1 tbs of flaxseed for extra nutrition. Delicious, dense, wonderful recipe!! Thanks so much - TJ
A little disappointing after so many great reviews. We love dark, heavy bread, and although it looked wonderful, the taste was bland and fairly forgettable. I don't think I'd make it again unless I just happened to have 2 cups of buttermilk that I needed to use up.