Bake a Quick Bread on a Snowy Day

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A great food project for a wintry day is to bake up a quick bread recipe. These recipes can be sweet or savory, but have one thing in common: they don't require the slow rise of a yeast bread. That means even quicker, delicious gratification! Here are some quick bread ideas to consider making in your kitchen.

Michelle of The Brown Eyed Baker used Granny Smith apples and applesauce to make a moist, flavorful Apple Cinnamon Bread that she described as “one of the absolute best quick breads I have ever had.”

I can personally attest to this bread being perfect for breakfast, a snack and dessert. I haven’t attempted it for lunch or dinner, but I’m certain it would more than qualify for those meals as well. Also, I’m very tempted to toast a piece of this and smear some peanut butter on it. Because I can’t help myself with the peanut butter. I just can’t. You know this. Forgive me. But I seriously think this bread + peanut butter could be an amazing invention.

Michelle of The Brown Eyed Baker used Granny Smith apples and applesauce to make a moist, flavorful Apple Cinnamon Bread that she described as “one of the absolute best quick breads I have ever had.”

I can personally attest to this bread being perfect for breakfast, a snack and dessert. I haven’t attempted it for lunch or dinner, but I’m certain it would more than qualify for those meals as well. Also, I’m very tempted to toast a piece of this and smear some peanut butter on it. Because I can’t help myself with the peanut butter. I just can’t. You know this. Forgive me. But I seriously think this bread + peanut butter could be an amazing invention.

Louisa of Really Good Life shared her recipe for Irish soda bread. This unleavened quick bread is a perfect solution for cooler weather. Unlike breads that need to rise in a warm environment, soda bread uses a different chemical process to create its magic.

Most bread relies on yeast “breathing” to create carbon dioxide bubbles but soda bread uses the chemical reaction between the alkaline bicarbonate of soda and something acidic (like vinegar, lemon juice or cream of tartar) to make the gas instead. It’s an instant reaction rather than something that has to build up over time – so no need for rising time or proving time.

Another savory option is the Cheesy Beer Quick Bread shared by Jen on Bakin' and Eggs. She served it as an easy-to-prepare alternative to cornbread. "It has a short ingredient list, is assembled in one bowl and in the oven in five minutes," Jen writes. "Also, the house smells amazing while it is cooking."

Quick breads can be made to fit all sorts of dietary requirements as well. Sabjimata shared a recipe for a Gluten-free/Vegan/Banana Avocado Quick Bread on her eponymous blog.

Moms and kids (and even Dads) quite enjoyed it. The flavor of the avocado is undetectable and the final product is sweet and moist. And, well, I guess a little bit healthy. This gluten free/vegan quick bread definitely falls into the category of “easy bake,” so go ahead and give your digestion a break while loading up on potassium, vitamin C, fiber and iron.

Diane of Stylish Cuisine used an overload of clementines in Clementine Vanilla-Bean Quick Bread. This bread features a glaze that looks fantastic.

It is like a cross between an orange pound cake and a loaf of orange bread. The crumb was a little heavier than that of a pound cake, but the bread had that pound-cakey taste. My boys inhaled it.

I left the chopped fruit out of mine because I know the boys don’t like cut up fruit in things. A couple of them eyed the orange zest in the bread. Of course they spotted it right away, but I convinced them to try the bread, and they loved it and promptly forgot about the zest. I wish I were that convincing with things like pizza.

Though Amy of Baking and Mistaking describes her Pear Cake as a "delicious cake/quick-bread hybrid," I wanted to include it just because it sounds so good. It takes advantage of a fruit that's easy to find in the store at this time of year, as well.

In addition to being one of the few fruits in season (aside from citrus, of course), pears are sweet, soft and juicy. But they only last a few days -- so bake them up quick into this delicious cake/quick-bread hybrid. I love that the pears are grated in this recipe -- it ensures they blend right into the cake adding texture and flavor without any big pear chunks. 

Share your favorite quick bread recipe in the comments below!

 

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories.

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