I’ve been making a lot of quick breads lately – partly it is the season, and they freeze and store well. They make good gifts, good afternoon snacks for the kids, good “Oh, crap, we’re just about out of bread and I need it ASAP” solutions and other happy things. Quick breads, for those of you who don’t bake them, are any kind of bread that doesn’t require a long rising time. Most of them use baking soda or yeast. They include sweet breads like cranberry and pumpkin, soda breads, biscuits, muffins, scones, etc…
There are tons of recipes for these, including some great ones here (raspberry almond anyone?). I’m particularly fond of this soda bread when I run out of bread and don’t notice until late in the day. These are also great for using up thanksgiving leftovers – we had an abundance of leftover sweet potatoes, so I have just invented sweet potato-walnut bread, and it is yummy. Take any basic quick bread recipe and add fruit or vegetables, herbs or spices pretty much a you want. As long as you keep the proportions of wet and dry ingredients roughly the same, it’ll work.
So what’s your favorite quick bread recipe?