50 Quick Breads

Think beyond banana bread — Food Network Magazine has dozens of sweet and savory ideas. 

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Baked Apple (No. 2)

How to make basic quick bread: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; coat well with cooking spray.
  2. Add the batter and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (see recipes for times).
  3. Let cool 1 hour, then remove the loaf from the pan and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

 

1. Pumpkin Whisk 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup each vegetable oil and light brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Separately, whisk 2 1/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Bake 60 to 70 minutes.

2. Baked Apple Soak 3/4 cup raisins in 1/4 cup rum, 30 minutes. Make Pumpkin Bread (No. 1), replacing the pumpkin with 3/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup apple butter. Add the raisins to the batter.

3. Sweet Potato-Pecan Make Pumpkin Bread (No. 1), replacing the pumpkin with sweet potato puree. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1 teaspoon orange zest to the dry ingredients.

4. Banana-Nut Whisk 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3), 1/2 cup each vegetable oil and plain yogurt, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Separately, whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon each baking powder and cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and nutmeg. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Bake 55 to 65 minutes.

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5. Banana-Cranberry Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), replacing the walnuts with dried cranberries.

6. Pear-Hazelnut Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), replacing the bananas with shredded peeled pears (about 2 medium; squeeze dry). Replace the walnuts with chopped toasted hazelnuts and the cinnamon and nutmeg with 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. Add 1 teaspoon lemon zest to the dry ingredients.

7. Applesauce-Granola Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), replacing the bananas with applesauce and omitting the yogurt. Add 1/2 cup granola to the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 1/4 cup more granola down the center of the loaf; bake 60 to 70 minutes.

8. Spiced Apple-Walnut Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), replacing the bananas with shredded peeled apple (about 1 large; squeeze dry). Use 1/2 cup walnuts and add 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger to the dry ingredients.

9. Strawberry-Pecan Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), omitting the bananas. Replace the yogurt with 1/4 cup milk and the walnuts with 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans; omit the baking soda. Add 1 cup chopped strawberries tossed with 1 tablespoon flour to the batter. Bake 60 to 70 minutes.

10. Blueberry-Almond Make Banana-Nut Bread (No. 4), omitting the bananas and replacing the walnuts with 1/2 cup each sliced almonds and old-fashioned oats. Add 1 1/4 cups blueberries tossed with 1 tablespoon flour to the batter.