Depression-Era Recipe For Peanut Butter Bread An Online Hit

A peanut butter bread recipe created during the Great Depression has found a new audience of bakers in present day after YouTube chef Glen Powell recently shared it online.

Glen Powell, host of the Glen & Friends Cooking channel, says the recipe dates back to 1932 and is from Five Roses flour cook book.

The baker regularly explores recipes from old cookbooks and shares them on YouTube. He says this particular recipe might be popular because of the simple, cheap ingredients. People are also looking for easy recipes to try during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He recently told CBC Radio that Peanut Butter Bread tastes better than he thought it would.

“I found it surprisingly good. I wasn’t totally convinced when I first saw the recipe. I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be one of those ones that don’t turn out, but I’m going to make it, because who knows?’ And I really did enjoy it.”

Powell uses crunchy peanut butter but says some people who have tried it prefer smooth peanut butter. You can choose whichever type you prefer.

Ingredients for the recipe are:

500 mL (2 cups) all purpose flour
60 mL (¼ cup) sugar
20 mL (4 tsp) baking powder
2 mL (½ tsp) salt
325 mL (1 1/3 cup) milk
125 mL (½ cup) peanut butter


Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF).
Mix together the dry ingredients.
Mix in the milk, and then the peanut butter.
Scrape into a greased loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.

Watch Powell’s video below for more details on making the bread:

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