Stubby's banana nut bread recipe has inspired me to start a "BREAD THREAD". Breads make wonderful holiday gifts! Put a couple of loaves in a tea-towel lined basket along with a special l'il package of coffee (or tea), tie on a bow, and make someone smile. If that other kind of bread ($$$) factors in, make mini loaves (reduce baking time) so your batter will go further, and use a big can of coffee. Measure and package it yourself in plastic storage bags. Recycle the baskets from gifts people have given YOU. A light spritzing of gold/silver spray paint dolls 'em up if they're worse for the wear. You might even have enough money left to throw in some cute mugs from the dollar store :cool2:. It's an easy Christmas breakfast for folks in the midst of the festivities. The following are a few you might like to try. Butterscotch Bread 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 cups buttermilk* 2 eggs 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup golden raisins or chopped nuts 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms ONLY of two 9x5 inch loaf pans, set aside. 2. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT raisins or nuts in large mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Stir in raisins or nuts by hand. 3. Spoon batter evenly into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. Makes two loaves. *Substitute 2 tablespoons vinegar and enough milk to equal 2 cups. Peanut Butter Apple Bread 2 cups flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter 2 eggs 1 cup applesauce (8 ounces) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and chopped pecans; set aside. Beat peanut butter, eggs and applesauce until well blended. Pour over dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Pour into greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. (May bake in muffin tins for 20-25 minutes.) Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan. Makes 1 loaf or 18 muffins. Pineapple Pecan Quick Bread 1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1 cup well-drained, crushed pineapple 1/3 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 9x5 inch loaf pan. In large bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, and grated lemon peel. Stir mix thoroughly. Gently stir in crushed pineapple and pecans. Pour into prepared pan. Topping: 2 tablespoons EACH margarine OR butter (melted), light brown sugar, flour, chopped pecans, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In small bowl combine all ingredients for topping. Sprinkle topping evenly over pineapple pecan mixture. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Makes one loaf. I would include a pumpkin bread recipe, but I b'lieve someone has previously posted one. Happy baking!!!