From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a nice quick bread to make for meetings or bake sales that have claims on your time at this time of year. It takes all of 5 minutes to prepare, and while it will never win any contests, it is an honest and nicely flavored loaf that everyone seems to enjoy. This is a two bowl and wooden spoon affair, so it is a great project for those with limited cooking skills, regardless of their ages. While the rum that is used in this recipe can be replaced with 2 teaspoons of rum extract and the addition of another 1/4 cup of eggnog, it will give the load an entirely different flavor. I think that rum extract has a distinctive flavor that is a poor substitute for the real thing, but many people prefer to use it in their baking. However, you decide to flavor this loaf, I think you will enjoy it. The ease with which it can be made makes it perfect for this busy holiday season. Here is how it's made.
Spirited Eggnog Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Taste of Home magazine
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
3/4 cup eggnog
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup dark rum
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1) Grease an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch loaf pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and grease again. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs, eggnog, rum, sugar, butter and vanilla extract. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened.
3) Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool to room temperature. To store, wrap loaf in plastic wrap. Yield: 1 loaf.
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