Alabama Sweet Bread Recipe

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There’s something about the Alabama sweet bread recipe that makes it a classic favorite among dessert enthusiasts. The delicious pecan-infused base, combined with a hint of brown sugar, gives this sweet Alabama pecan bread a distinct flavor that is hard to resist.

A Brief History of Alabama Sweet Bread Recipe

This recipe has a long history and has been passed down through generations in Alabama families. The secret, they say, is in the sweet pecan infusion that gives the bread its unique flavor. The exact origin of the dish is unclear, but it’s popular throughout the state. Each family seems to have its own recipe and slight variation on what makes it special. Sometimes it’s more like a cake, others it comes out more like a pecan version of banana bread. For fellow food blogger Call Me PMC, it’s less dense than a cake but lighter than a blondie or brownie, she says.
If you love blondies, you’ll love this Alabama sweet bread recipe!

Why Pecans in Sweet Alabama Pecan Bread

Pecans are not just a traditional ingredient in this recipe; they are the star. The crunchy pecans are what give this bread its signature texture and taste. Plus, they add a nutritional punch of healthy fats and fiber. If you don’t like pecans, it would still be pretty good with a different nut substituted. But it might not be as popular if you bring it to an Alabama football tailgate!

The Role of Brown Sugar in Sweat Bread

Brown sugar plays a crucial role in this recipe. Its deep, caramel-like flavor complements the nuttiness of the pecans perfectly, making it an essential component of the sweet Alabama pecan bread. Also, it helps in creating a moist, tender crumb in the bread. Close-up view of brown sugar and pecans

The Process: 30-35 Minutes of Baking

This Alabama sweet bread recipe is quite straightforward. It involves basic baking techniques, and the bread is usually ready within 30-35 minutes. This makes it a perfect dessert for those who crave something sweet but don’t have a lot of time to spare.

The Importance of the Right Bowls

When it comes to preparing this recipe, the size of your bowls matter. A large bowl is ideal for mixing the dry ingredients, while a medium bowl works best for the wet ingredients. This ensures that everything is thoroughly combined before it goes into the oven. Large and medium-sized mixing bowls with baking ingredients

The Use of White Sugar

Along with brown sugar, white sugar is used in our Alabama sweet bread recipe. The one cup oil, often vegetable oil, contributes to the moist texture of the bread. It’s crucial to stir these ingredients well with a wooden spoon to avoid clumps of sugar. The type of baking dish you use can impact the end result of your sweet Alabama pecan bread. A nine-inch baking dish is recommended for this recipe. Remember to use a stick spray to prevent the bread from sticking to the dish!

The Final Touches

Once the batter is prepared, it’s time to pour it into the greased dish and let it bake. The aroma of this dessert bar baking is simply irresistible. And the final product? A moist, flavorful pecan-infused sweet bread that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. Especially in Alabama or throughout the South! Just make sure you have a good bread knife to cut it.

Alabama Sweet Bread Recipe

Alabama Sweet Bread Recipe

Yield: 8-10 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Alabama Sweet Bread by OpenAI is a delightful, moist bread that's sure to wow your guests at any gathering. Enjoy this sweet treat with a cup of coffee for the perfect afternoon treat.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C) and grease a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set it aside.
  3. In another large bowl, beat the softened butter and 2 cups of sugar until creamy. Then, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Next, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until combined.
  5. Fold in the shredded coconut and chopped pecans.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. While the bread is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  9. Once the bread is done, remove it from the oven and slowly pour the hot glaze over the bread, allowing it to soak in.
  10. Let the bread cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert it onto a wire rack to cool completely.


This bread is even better if you make it a day ahead! The flavors meld together beautifully overnight.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 70gNet Carbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 8g
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