Step 1: Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture and set aside.
Step 2: Combine half and half and remaining ingredients. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour batter into a well-greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Step 3: Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes, checking with a toothpick or knife for doneness in the center. Let cool for a few minutes in pan and then serve or cool on a wire rack. Yield: One 9-inch loaf.