125 Best Quick Bread Recipes

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9780778800446: 125 Best Quick Bread Recipes

Among life's simple pleasures, nothing compares with the aroma and flavor of freshly baked bread. But in the course of a busy day, it's hard to find the many hours needed to prepare traditional yeast breads.

Now, with 125 Best Quick Bread Recipes, bestselling baking experts Donna Washburn and Heather Butt provide the perfect solution for anyone who wants to enjoy homemade bread in a hurry. Unlike conventional breads, which require yeast to rise before baking, quick breads get their lightness and texture from baking soda and baking powder. As a result, there's no waiting -- just mix the dough, pour it into a pan and bake!

With the recipes in this book, you can prepare a tantalizing range of breads, biscuits, loaves and snacking cakes using only a few simple steps. Baking times range from 10 minutes to just over an hour. There's no easier or faster way to enjoy savory treats such as Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread or Rosemary Scones Topped with Carmelized Vidalias, or decadent dessert loaves like Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Bread. Here you'll also find classic comfort foods such as Golden Raisin Bread and Gingerbread with Warm Lemon Sauce, as well as hearty favorites like Country Harvest Loaf.

For people with special dietary needs, there are chapters devoted to gluten-free and low-fat quick breads. And if you have a bread machine with a "quick bread," "cake" or "batter bread" cycle, you'll find recipes that are designed to take advantage of this feature.

As you'd expect from Donna and Heather, the recipes in this book are as imaginative and delicious as they are quick and easy to make. It's the perfect collection for anyone -- novice or expert -- who loves to bake.

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Donna Washburn and Heather Butt are professional home economists and baking experts. They are the bestselling authors of America's Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes and More of America's Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes (because of difference in flours between the countries both books are also available in "Canada's Best..." editions).

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Introduction

When our publisher first approached us about developing quick bread recipes for this book, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. After all, what are quick breads? Well, they offer the same fresh-from-the-oven flavor as traditional yeast breads, and don't require a lot of preparation and baking time. But that's where the similarities end. Quick breads can include everything from savory breads to sweet loaves, from biscuits to pancakes -- suitable for serving at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our challenge was to come up with a selection of recipes that explored all these wonderfully flavorful possibilities.

Our savory selections include breads that incorporate a wide selection of seasonal ingredients (try our Bacon'n'Tomato Herb Loaf [page 15] or Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread [page 16]), as well as international favorites, such as Mediterranean Loaf (page 32) or Russian Blini (page 33). Another chapter is devoted to quick breads that feature hearty and healthy combinations of grains and nuts, such as Parmesan Walnut Bread (page 42) and Wild Rice and Cranberry Loaf (page 52). All of these breads are delicious on their own or as a complement to a bowl of hot soup, a crisp salad or a hearty stew.

For many people (ourselves included), the term "quick breads" is synonymous with sweet loaves -- taken hot from the oven and cooled overnight to increase their moisture for easier slicing. (At least, that's the traditional rationale; we suspect the "overnight" rule may have been invented just to ensure that some would be left for the next day!) And certainly a book like this one would be incomplete without recipes for sweet loaves such as Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake (page 69) or Prune and Apricot Bread (page 111).

We have also included recipes for biscuits, cobblers, crêpes, waffles and pancakes. The quick and easy basics are here, including Cheddar Dill Biscuits (page 55) and Buttermilk Waffles (page 85), but we have developed new flavors just for you. Try the Fresh Tomato Basil Drop Biscuits (page 59) or the Three Fruit Cobbler (page 64). Both will quickly become family favorites.

If you're watching your diet, you can still enjoy the great flavor of quick breads. Here you'll find fat-reduced recipes such as Low-Fat Applesauce Raisin Bread (page 117). And for all the people who are looking for gluten-free bread recipes (and judging from all the calls and enquiries posted on our website, there are many of you), we've written a special chapter with gluten-free versions of some of our favorite quick breads. We've discovered that their texture, flavor and nutritive value often exceeds that of the "white flour" originals. Even if your diet isn't restricted, they re worth a try.

For those of you who know us from our previous bread machine baking books, we've adapted many of the flavors from those cookbooks for these easy-to-prepare breads. In fact, you might recognize some of the names and flavor combinations, such as our Bread Machine Country Harvest Quick Bread (page 158). These recipes are specially designed to take advantage of the "quick bread cycle" now featured on many bread machines.

Finally, we've dedicated a chapter to traditional quick breads. (After all, tradition is such an important part of baking!) And here we revisit some of the loaves and biscuits that we remember enjoying so much on visits to our grandmothers' homes, with updated versions of Banana Bread (page 169), so fragrant and crunchy with walnuts; Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze (page 172), almost soggy with its luscious lemon glaze; thick slices of Date Nut Bread (page 170), dark and sweet, spread with butter; and, of course, Zucchini Bread (page 175), a harvest-time classic.

We continue to be delighted by all the people who tell us how much they love the recipes in our bread machine cookbooks. And we hope you'll enjoy this collection of recipes just as much. We created them just for you -- our fellow bakers!

Donna and Heather

 

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