California Breakfast Bread

Total Time
1hr 10mins
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare a non-stick loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray.
  3. Mix together all ingredients and pour into prepared pan.
  4. Place pan in oven and lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Turn loaf out on rack and cool.
  7. Allow bread to cool at least 8 hours before slicing and toasting this bread.


Most Helpful

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!

Roosie July 07, 2004

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

TJ-Montana August 26, 2009

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.

So Happy at Home July 10, 2007

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