Peeta’s Raisin Nut Bread | The Hunger Games
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
- 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)
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.