Saturday, June 11, 2011

Walnut Raisin Avocado Bread

I totally lucked out and married into a family that owns an avocado grove….free avocados!! Best present ever! But sometimes even I can only eat so much guacomole & turkey avocado sandwiches. This recipe is a total hit! The raisins and walnuts add great flavor and crunch to this recipe and served with a little cream cheese frosting will be sure to impress!

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 7/8 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe avocado
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the mashed avocado. Stir in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk until just mixed. Fold in the chopped walnuts, raisins and orange zest. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.

3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow loaves to cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before removing.

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