Easy-to-make quick breads freeze well, make great gifts

Cooking with Hope

Honey-raisin quick bread tastes as good at room temperature as it does toasted.

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Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 02:24 PM.

Here are some easy to make tasty quick breads. They can be made for your own enjoyment or as a gift for someone special. For best flavor let the bread sit overnight. Most quick breads can be frozen, and usually have a better flavor when they are. They taste delicious whether room temperature or toasted. I like to make a loaf then slice it, then freeze it so they’re ready for instant one-slice use.

If your bread has a ledge on the top edge, next time grease only on the bottom and ½ inch up the sides or the pan. This will let the batter cling to the sides of the pan instead of sliding down during baking. Make sure to check the bread about 10-15 minutes before the minimum baking time is reached. Cover bread with foil if it is browning too fast. Don’t be concerned about a crack down the top of the loaf. It is typical of quick breads.

Try this butter with honey bread spread on your sliced bread: Stir together ½ cup butter, softened, and 2 tablespoons honey. Makes ½ cup. Chill for an hour then serve.

I just won a second place at the Cape Fear County Fair 2013 for my Zucchini Raisin, Nut and Cream Cheese loaf. The bread doesn’t taste at all like zucchini and the cream cheese gives it a nice texture. Try it for the holidays.

Enjoy!

Zucchini Raisin, Nut and Cream Cheese Loaf



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