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15 Sweet Quick Bread Loaves
Quick bread loaves are easy to make, easy to freeze and easy to serve with just about any meal.
Sue Landon, who owns The Homeridge Bed and Breakfast near Jerseyville, Illinois, with her husband, Howard, uses fruit from the local crop in this moist bread, laced with cinnamon and crunchy pecans. Her guests love it!
A Peach of a Bread
A sweet-tart lemon glaze tops this quick bread, which won a blue ribbon at the Elkhart, Indiana, County Fair. Stir ingredients gently just until combined -- overbeating leads to airholes and tunnels in any quick bread.
Nutty Carrot Bread
Maraschino cherries and almonds fill this quick bread loaf with color and flavor. It's a favorite from the National Cherry Festival cookbook.
Very Cherry Nut Bread
Make a couple of these easy nut-filled banana bread loaves--like most quick breads, they'll keep up to a month in your freezer. Overwrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezerproof bag. Thaw at room temp.
Easy Banana Nut Bread
The intense flavor of this tiny-leafed herb teams up with lemon peel for the lemony scent in this sweet quick bread moistened with cream cheese.
Another lemon option: Lemony Quick Bread, from Midwest herb specialist Rosemary Divock of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Any lemon-flavored herbs will work in her cakelike quick bread.
Lemon Thyme Tea Bread
Lemony Quick Bread
A touch of lemon, chopped cranberries and walnuts make this quick bread seem like coffee cake. Norma Hendricks of Hopedale, Illinois, likes to serve this for dessert. "I made this by combining a couple of recipes," Norma says. "I think I started with a cranberry bread, but most of my kids don't like cranberries. Then I saw an apple bread recipe, and I thought streusel would be good on top."
Streusel Apple Bread
At Burchell's White Hill Farmhouse Inn in Minden, Nebraska, Bob and Linda Ard make this moist, spiced bread using homegrown heirloom pumpkins, but this version of their recipe uses the canned puree.
Chopped and pitted dates stand out beside the hint of maple syrup in this dark brown, nutty quick bread. This recipe is from Ruth Smiley of Smiley Brothers maple syrup producers in Indiana.
Maple Date Nut Bread
Blend mashed bananas with a box of cranberry quick bread mix for this easy-to-make double-fruit treat.
Customers at Mooselips Java Joint in Seeley, Wisconsin, snack on this bread, made with zucchini from owner Cindy Ferraro. "Here at the coffee shop, I make individual loaves for customers to take with and eat like a muffin," baker Barb Grossi says.
Pineapple Zucchini Bread
Lisa Johnson of Gardner, Kansas, added banana to pumpkin bread for a new twist on quick bread treats. "This pumpkin bread is a favorite with our family," she says. "It's easy to make, and my two girls enjoy helping me. They especially enjoy when it's done baking. It makes the house smell wonderful."
Fresh cranberries, orange juice and chopped walnuts flavor Crazy-About-Cranberry Bread, while snipped dates and walnuts add chewiness to moist slices of Spicy Pumpkin Bread. Both recipes come from the Inn at Pinewood, near Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Spicy Pumpkin Bread
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