Maple and pecan loaf

So many of you popped into my blog to read about the bread machine that I thought you might be interested in a follow-up story about a maple and pecan loaf… It now seems that both Richard and little Grace are fascinated by the machine and we are making bread multiple times a week. While the house is full of wonderful fresh bread smells, it is tough on me as I don’t really allow myself a lot of bread on my diet!

The latest recipe that has had huge acclaim throughout the family is Richard’s maple and pecan bread… it’s just wonderful, cuts beautifully and lasts several days. We progress from newly made and served fresh, to several days old and toasted. It’s delicious whichever way you try it.

These are the ingredients but I think it may need tweaking to suit your particular bread machine if you have one – if not I recommend trying a handmade loaf – it’s just yummy!


  • ¾ teaspoon dried yeast
  • 200g (7oz) strong wholemeal
  • 200g (7oz) strong white bread flour
  • ½ oz or 15g cubed butter
  • 1 teaspoon of table salt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 oz chopped pecan nuts – I am sure could use others
  • 280ml of water

As you can see, it turns out beautifully!


10 replies
  1. Gwen Collinson says:

    Hi Joanna
    It looks yummy, bet it tastes better than any bought one.
    I have a bread machine and hate the hole the paddle makes at the bottom of the loaf,
    wish it could be made without this in the machine. The next one I bake I am going to try just mixing to dough then finishing by hand, love the smell of new bread baking.

    • Joanna Sheen says:

      I can confirm it is much better than shop bought! After my original bread blog a couple of weeks ago, several people commented that newer machines don’t leave such big holes in the loaves. Buying a new non-stick paddle was also suggested. Hope this helps. Smiles, Joanna

  2. Dawn says:

    I am astonished that you have any bread left for “several days old and toasted”. We are lucky to have any left at the end of the day it is made!

  3. janet says:

    Thanks to you (and my increasingly weak arms) I finally bit the bullet and bought a bread machine – not a Panasonic as they are a bit expensive for me (a Morphy Richards) – but am so pleased I can go back to making pizzas and bread without having the problem of kneading. Mine has a very small non-stick paddle so the hole is about the size of a 5p coin or less.
    Your recipe sounds lovely -do put more on if you (or Richard) invent more delicious breads)

  4. Deborah says:

    It looks delicious. My machine measures by cup and spoon, so will have to do some math!! Living in Canada for 16 yes I love pecans! Will search out some tea bread and cakes for you to try!


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