Breads/ Quickbreads/ Recipes

Honey Pecan Tea Bread

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You guysssssssss.

You all sure know how to make a girl feel great! Thank you all SO MUCH for all your sweet comments regarding our pregnancy! It was such a joy yesterday to read each and every comment and they all made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. A few made me tear up! Thank you, thank you!

A few housekeeping notes: 1) this isn’t going to turn into a pregnancy/mommy blog. This is a food and lifestyle blog and I plan to keep it that way. I do plan to post occasional pregnancy updates and notes {I’m honestly not sure yet how much or how little I will be writing about this pregnancy. This is all totally new to me, too, so we’ll just see how it goes} and you can find all those up at the top of your screen labeled under “ELR Baby” if you’re interested. 2) Tomorrow I’ll be talking all about the first trimester!

But that’s tomorrow! Today, let’s talk about this honey pecan tea bread, shall we?

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Now that the secret is out, I’ll share that obvious: I’ve been pretty tired lately. I’ve been reaching for simple recipes more and more because I’m just plain exhausted, and complicated recipes {actually complicated anything} just really stress me out right now.

No matter what though, I’m never too tired to bake! Mixing up any kind of dough is like rest for my soul. This honey pecan bread is simple and delicious! I timed myself – it literally took only five minutes to prepare and pop into the oven. Not bad.

It’s a short, squatty loaf – so don’t be upset if yours doesn’t rise all high and pretty-like. It’s not supposed to. This bread is slightly sweet from the honey and is best served warm, the day it’s made, topped with puddles of melting salted butter.

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Honey Pecan Tea Bread

makes one loaf

Print this Recipe!


2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans

1 beaten egg

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg, honey and milk and stir. Fold in the pecans.

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 60 minutes or until golden (stick a knife in the center to make sure it comes out clean). Let cool and serve with lots of salted butter!


1 hr 10 minutes

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 5, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Congrats again, Jenna! My hat is off to you cooking and standing in the kitchen on your feet. I was in no shape to cook during my first tri (or past) – so it’s great you made this little loaf. I bet the honey is just wonderful in it!

  • Nicole
    November 5, 2013 at 3:49 am

    1) Definitely making this bread
    2) I cannot wait to hear all about your pregnancy! I am so unbelievably happy and excited for you!!!!

  • Krista
    November 5, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Have to make this one…and I don’t bake much ; ) I think I will have to get my 12 yr old to help…she loves to bake : )

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Yay! We are super happy happy for you. Can’t wait to get more recipes AND baby updates!

  • Danielle
    November 5, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Looking forward to following your growing family’s yummy life πŸ™‚ xo

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    November 5, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Simple is always best whether pregnant or not. This bread looks delicious and would be welcomed in my house any day.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 5, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Congratulations again Jenna!! I was so so excited to see your Instagram pic yesterday – you were glowing! This bread sounds amazing – I adore pecans so it’s totally triggered some cravings this morning!

  • Molly@RDexposed
    November 5, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I wish you could have seen my jaw drop yesterday when I scrolled down to see your belly. Congratulations!
    I’ve loved watching girl-meets-boy, girl-finally-exposes-boyfriend-on-blog, proposal, wedding, and now baby. πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    November 5, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious! I love a good loaf — even if it’s short & squatty πŸ™‚

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    November 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Congrats! That’s such exciting news. This bread looks wonderful, and I’m all about whipping up a loaf of bread in one bowl. I’m sure the new addition loves this bread too. Pinned.

  • Eve & Faye
    November 5, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Mmm this sounds delicious – tempted to whip up our own gluten free version!

    Great post, as always πŸ™‚

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • Heather
    November 5, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Girl, I remember trying to cook and blog during the first trimester with Wes and I have to say you did a GREAT job. That all-day sickness is no joke! And this tea bread?! CanNOT handle it!

  • Dana
    November 5, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Congrats again! I ‘m looking forward to tomorrow’s post! πŸ™‚ I have to say I was very lucky- as the first trimester for me was not bad at all. My appetite was definitely much choosier and a lot of foods turned me off, and I had my share of so exhausted days, but I only got really sick two different days and the rest was gross stomach bile- not food, but it still sucked. and burned. TMI? I’m sure you can relate , though. πŸ™‚

    I am 24 weeks today and definitely feeling more tired as the weeks go by. Are you going to find out the sex? πŸ™‚ W are having a girl in late February. So excited for you and Adam!!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    November 5, 2013 at 6:26 am

    like everyone else, i’m impressed you’ve been able to cook and bake at all if you had any sort of morning sickness the last few months! this bread looks delicious.

  • Heather @ Forsythia + Oak
    November 5, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Do you think I could bake this bread in a dutch oven, or will it lose it’s form? Also, I didn’t get a chance to say congrats yesterday, so . . . CONGRATS!! I’ve been a long time reader πŸ™‚

  • Brooke
    November 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Could you use almond milk to make this dairy-free? (Pray your baby doesn’t have a milk-protein allergy if you plan to breastfeed… it will turn your (cheese-loving) world upside down! At least it did for me) πŸ™‚

    • Brooke
      November 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Oh, and congratulations!!!

      • Jennifer
        December 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        I know this is past due, but I was going to make this again and pulled it up and saw this comment…I used almond milk and it turned out great–we were a big fan.

  • deva
    November 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Oh yummy!! I love squat sweetbreads, they always seem to ahve the best sugar-crunchy crusts

  • Heather @ French Press
    November 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I always find simple recipes to be the best, and this looks like a terrific one.

  • Carla
    November 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I’m still so over the moon after yesterday that I just feel like I need to express it again.. I am so, so happy for you πŸ™‚ Also, this tea bread looks really great. Often I want a little something for my tea, but don’t want super sweet pastry or anything..this looks perfect.

  • DessertForTwo
    November 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’m one day late to the party, but I’m so glad to hear your news! Wow! Congrats, Jenna! You’ve been on my mind lately, and now I know why! πŸ™‚

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    November 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I love tea so much, this is totally the perfect thing to pair with it! I love quick and easy baked goods.

  • Caroline L.
    November 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    You are seriously going to be the cutest mama ever. And what a lucky little baby to be able to get to enjoy all of these yummy treats as he/she grows up! (Are you going to find out the gender?)

    • jenna
      November 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Thank you!! And yes, we plan to find out the gender πŸ™‚

      • Becky
        November 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Congrats! The anthropologist in me cannot resist the need to correct this though: gender is socially constructed. Sex is biological. What you find out about a fetus in utero is their sex. They won’t have a gender until they are born and society imprints its norms on them πŸ™‚

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    November 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This bread sounds like a delicious way to start the day. Alongside a hot cup of tea, of course. The quick prep time is great too!

  • Cyanne (RunStretchGo)
    November 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Congratulations!!! I missed yesterday’s post, so I’m a little late πŸ™‚

    Also , this bread looks amazing!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations to you both! Such an exciting time and you look radiant. I think it’s safe to say that all of your readers will look forward to your pregnancy updates…mixed in with delicious tea bread, of course. πŸ™‚
    I was shocked when I saw that picture of your belly on Instagram; were you pregnant while you were in Africa?

    • jenna
      November 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      thank you! and nope – we got pregnant two weeks after I got home from Africa…we *think* it was around the 22nd of august.

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
    November 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    There is nothing wrong with simple recipes, my dear, so don’t worry about that. Simple is sometimes that much better πŸ™‚ And baking is great… just like this bread.

  • Ali
    November 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I swear I can almost smell this bread, it looks so delicious. I love simple recipes and this is one I will definitely be enjoying with a hot cup of tea.

  • jan
    November 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Well I personally hope to see lots of pregnancy updates! πŸ™‚

    The bread looks amazing. Honey and pecan…how can that be bad? Yum!

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
    November 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    This bread looks great. Love non complicated recipes. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists
    November 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Love the simplicity of this bread recipe. Can’t wait for your post tomorrow!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    November 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I wanted to comment on yesterday’s post, but was only on my phone and it was being a real pain. So I’ll settle for posting this today!

    Congrats, I am so happy for you guys! I have been reading your blog for about 3 years now – since before I had my own site, you were an inspiration to start my own blog! – and I feel like I have followed along with you and Adam in your journey these last couple of years. Gosh, you two are going to have a pretty baby! And it’s going to be so perfectly nerdy, I can hardly stand how great it is. πŸ˜‰ Seriously, congratulations. You deserve all the happiness this baby will bring you.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    November 6, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about your growing family as time goes on! You’ve been such an inspiration to me over the years, and I’m just so happy for you guys! πŸ™‚

    Love the recipe – fresh homemade bread is one of my favorite “comfort” foods!

  • Pam
    November 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Jenna! I love your blog and after reading this post, I jumped out of bed and made this recipe with almonds (no pecans in the house) and almond milk…now it’s in the oven! I need easy recipes or else I get overwhelmed. So happy for you and your hubby as well as your families. You are a blessing.

  • Jas
    November 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I made this bread last night and just wanted to say it came out very dry and chewy. I was wondering if the recipe is missing something? I followed the recipe to the letter, and actually only gave it 40 mins in the over as it was looking a bit too dark on top. Sorry I am not posting this to be mean! I normally really love your recipes but I thought this feedback might be useful. The flavour is really wonderful though, and my bread rose a lot! I would love to try this again with more success.

    Congratulations on your exciting news, you guys will make fantastic parents!

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