Change is everywhere. As someone who likes simple comforts, routines, and certainty, change can feel scary or even downright dangerous. But change is also needed and a part of life, so maybe change can be a comfort in its certainty, like the change of the seasons.
Here in my part of California, we don’t get defined seasons like many other areas of the world do, so I have fun writing about places like Montana, where the seasons are more defined. In the fictional town of Loving, they have snowy winters, blooming springs, sweltering summers, and crisp falls. Each of these seasons—from holidays to hobbies to parades and weddings—gives the town’s meddling matchmakers and other residents new ways to connect and celebrate.
As we move from a hot summer to a hopefully chilly and fire-free fall, baking, one of my favorite ways to celebrate, becomes easier. This quick bread recipe is very simple to put together with different fruits. It’s adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Simply In Season. Eating seasonally helps us eat more local produce, and helps the earth by cutting back on carbon emissions from trucking in foods. Plus, local, seasonal foods just taste better! Whatever season you’re in, I hope you’re finding comfort and a routine that fits where you are. Whether you chose to make this bread with peaches, like Dolly (the heroine of the latest Montana Matchmakers book), or with grated apples, chopped strawberries, or blueberries, I hope you enjoy!
Dolly's Peach Bread
Adapted from Simply in Season
Dolly doesn't bake much, but she likes to whip up a batch of this easy quick bread to go with her morning tea, or to take on an early-morning hike with strong and silent Luke.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can sub in part whole wheat)
1 1/4 cups finely chopped ripe peaches
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup coconut (or vegetable) oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients in a large bowl, stirring just until combined. Pour into a greased 8-inch loaf pan. Bake until tester comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on rack 15 minutes, take out of pan, and cool completely on rack.
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