Southern Pecan Bread

Southern Pecan Bread is completely indescribable! Super buttery, sweet and loaded with pecans. Serve it with your morning coffee or as a totally addictive BBQ or holiday side dish everyone will love! Guaranteed to be a new family favorite!

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Southern Pecan Bread

Meet Your New Favorite Side Dish: Southern Pecan Bread

Oh friendssssssss. I am so so sorry I’ve been holding out on you for so long with this recipe. It’s a recipe that I’m sure has been around the internet and at church potlucks for years, but doesn’t seem to be well known…at least in my little bubble of life. So I am going to assume you have never had it, or heard of it too…k?

This Pecan Bread recipe is 100% no joke. Like SO FREAKING GOOD. The crazy thing is that while it’s probably, mostly a dessert, my favorite way to enjoy it is as a side dish. Example: whenever you would serve corn bread, serve Southern Pecan Bread instead and watch people’s heads explode. No lie, it will happen.

With BBQ Chicken? Serve it. With coffee? Serve it. With Thanksgiving dinner? SERVE.ITTTTT.

With butter.

Southern Pecan Bread

What Is Pecan Bread?

It’s a crazy combo of an ultra soft cookie, but also kind of like a bread. I don’t know how to describe it, but I have a feeling you will love it as much as I do!

The recipe is very easy, and I like to make it the night before I’m serving it because it just gets better when it sits overnight. The flavors and texture seem to really have time to get to know each other as it sits and cools. Just cut it before you’re ready to serve!

How to Make Southern Pecan Bread

The batter is sweet, and certainly if you have a nut allergy this is a recipe to stay away from. I know I will get asked if you can sub in chocolate chips for the nuts…and while you can, the savoriness of the nuts really balance out the sweetness.

Southern Pecan Bread

Spread the batter into a lined 9×13 pan…

Southern Pecan Bread

…and bake it until it’s golden at the edges and set in the middle. Like I said before, it needs to cool before you slice it up.

Southern Pecan Bread

This one is pretty much guaranteed to be a requested recipe from friends and family!

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Southern Pecan Bread

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category Category: Bread
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Side Dish

Description:

Southern Pecan Bread is completely indescribable! Super buttery, sweet and loaded with pecans. Serve it with your morning coffee or as a totally addictive Thanksgiving side dish everyone will love! Guaranteed to be a new family favorite!


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. Coat generously with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine both the sugars and butter, mixing on low until combined. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and salt and turn mixer up to medium speed and mix for 1 minute until smooth.
  3. Turn mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined. Fold in the pecans.
  4. Transfer mixture to your prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is just set and the edges are lightly golden.
  5. Cool completely in the pan, and then cut into squares.

Notes:

Store, airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you don’t have self rising flour: 1 cup self rising flour = 1 cup all purpose flour = 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sally
Sally

I made a very simple sticky maple syrup drizzle for the top and it was so good

Marc Quihuis
Marc Quihuis

Hi there, I have all the ingredients but just realized I don’t have a 9×13 pan. Have you tried using loaf pans or muffin pans by chance? Self quarantine here so don’t want to go to the store if I don’t need to.

Richard Zewe
Richard Zewe

OMG I made it! SO FRIGGIN GOOD!! Thanks!

Carol Murphree
Carol Murphree

Can you use a hand mixer? Don’t have a stand mixer.

Richard Zewe
Richard Zewe

I wonder if you could put some kind of icing on the top of this and I wonder what flavor would be best for this? I’m thinking Salted-Caramel or chocolate!?

Cher
Cher

Cream cheese frosting!

Sally Weston
Sally Weston

I used a maple drizzle

Betty
Betty

I made this recipe just as directed. It did not get done in center. I tried it again the same day and it did the same thing. The flavor is wonderful but can’t figure out what went wrong. Any one have this problem? It was very brown at 28 minutes. My oven is a convection and I always bake at shorter times then the recipe calls for.

Betty
Betty

Betty,
Using a convection oven you should lower the temp. by 25 degrees from what the recipe calls for.

Tammy
Tammy

This is so delicious! Thank you for making it easy to understand and follow the recipe. I am going to keep this made in our house, everyone loved it and it is perfect with coffee. I can’t wait to try your other recipes.?

Beth
Beth

What size pan did you use?

Abby Dylan
Abby Dylan

Hi! I’m a little confused. It is a dessert, right? Or should it be served as bread? Also, I forgot what kind of flour I just bought. I put it in an airtight container and threw away the package. Any suggestions, since I’m not sure of the flour? Thank you.

Ingrid
Ingrid

Came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. So glad I did, it is so delicious! Can’t wait to offer this to friends over Christmas as an alternative to the heavy fruit Christmas cakes favoured here in the UK. Thank you x

Lisa
Lisa

Any recommendations for making this with less sugar and butter? TY

Jritchie
Jritchie

Thank you for this amazing recipe. It is one of my favorite now.

Jennifer
Jennifer

This stuff is crack! It should be way too ridiculously sweet, but somehow it’s just satisfyingly salty-sweet. I cut the bars into little bite-size pieces and it was perfect for guilty snacking.

Shelly
Shelly

Can I put this in a loaf pan or bundt pan?
Thank you

Barbara
Barbara

I do not have a paddle attachment. What do you suggest I use?

Elissa
Elissa

This was amazing! I brought it to a BBQ and it was enjoyed by all. Thank you!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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