Peeta’s Raisin Nut Bread | The Hunger Games

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Anyone who’s read The Hunger Games most likely understands the significance of bread in the trilogy. One well known scene in the books revolves around Peeta’s raisin nut bread. In the book, he purposely burns the bread (thereby getting in trouble with his mother),  so that he can then “throw the bread out to the pigs” …or rather, give it to Katniss.

I stared at the loaves in disbelief. They were fine, perfect really, except for the burned areas. Did he mean for me to have them? He must have. Because there they were at my feet. Before anyone could witness what had happened I shoved the loaves up under my shirt, wrapped the hunting jacket tightly about me, and walked swiftly away. The heat of the bread burned into my skin, but I clutched it tighter, clinging to life.

By the time I reached home, the loaves had cooled somewhat, but the insides were still warm. When I dropped them on the table, Prim’s hands reached to tear off a chunk, but I made her sit, forced my mother to join us at the table, and poured warm tea. I scraped off the black stuff and sliced the bread. We ate an entire loaf, slice by slice. It was good hearty bread, filled with raisins and nuts.                             -The Hunger Games

Raisin Nut Bread Ingredients

Raisin Nut Bread Dry Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce (regular)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins (use 1 1/2 cups if you’re skipping the walnuts)

Raisin Nut Bread Wet Ingredients

Prepping to Bake Raisin Nut Bread

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.

2. Stir together the dry ingredients -flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients -eggs, melted butter, applesauce. Then, stir them into the dry ingredients.

4. Fold in the raisins and walnuts, then pour into your baking pan.

5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the outside is golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool before slicing.

The Hunger Games Raisin Nut Bread

Peeta's Raisin Nut Bread Tutorial

First off, you’re right…you didn’t see any walnuts in my bread. That’s because A. I don’t care for nuts in my bread 🙂 And B. We have walnut allergies in the house.
Also, I would guess that Peeta’s actual bread probably used salt, yeast, and water and not sugar, applesauce, baking powder or soda. This would have made the bread less sweet, more hearty, and more of a dry/crustier type of bread….but I was in a sweet mood today so decided to go that direction. Hope you guys enjoy!

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  • Charlie
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    Mmmm I bet this smelt so yummy baking. I need to clean out my oven before I start baking again!!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      It smelt SO good. I had a really tough time waiting for it to cool before cutting into it…once we cut into, my fiance and I practically ate the whole loaf that day. Haha

  • Reply

    I bet this is so yum – I love that scene from the book too 🙂

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Oh, I agree about the book too!

  • Dina
    Reply

    Oh my gosh that looks amazing!!!!! I’m going to have to try it!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Let me know how it turns out Dina! Or if you try any of the variations for additives to your bread.

  • Noel Evans
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    Ok, seeing all of the ingredients laid out like that made me so hungry that I’m about to start baking. Thanks a lot – there goes my diet. {{chuckle}}

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Nonsense -it’s all about moderation. 🙂 …which we obviously had issues with after baking up this bread. Lol

  • Ashlee
    Reply

    This looks so yummy! I’ll definitely have to give it a try, though I do manage to burn everything I try to bake haha!

    • Jessica (aka The Nfity Nerd)
      Reply

      Just be sure to take it out before you think it’s fully done. Remember it’ll continue cooking for a short bit after it’s removed from the oven 🙂

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