2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup small gumdrops, cut in half
1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired
Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
Beat all ingredients except gumdrops and nuts in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 15 seconds. Beat on medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Stir in gumdrops and nuts. Pour into pan.
Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack.
Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. For best results, wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours before slicing.
Pairs Well With
(These are great for mini loaves at Christmas time)