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Sweet Avocado Bread

Servings: Makes 2 loaves
If you like avocados, then this "sweet" quick bread will be a recipe you might want to try. It's nice and sweet, and tastes something like zucchini bread. Your guests will definitely be impressed with your culinary imagination, and don't be surprised if they ask you for the recipe.

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 unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe avocado, approximately 2 medium (Haas Avacados are best)
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chopped pecans or pistachios
1/2 cup raisins (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 pecans, 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.

This can also be made in four 5 x 3 x 2-inch mini loaf pans, and baked for 45 minutes.

Makes 20 servings

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: January 27, 2004