Category Archives: Breads – Quick Breads

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Bananas seem to ripen extra-fast during the summer. I use them to make smoothies, popsicles and I even simply pop them into the freezer for later use in baking. As long as it is cool enough outside to justify heating my kitchen up with the oven, I also bake lots of banana bread. This Strawberry Banana Bread is a summery variation on classic banana bread, ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts

Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts

One of the reasons that baked donuts have become so popular is that they are much easier to make than deep fried donuts are. They require less cleanup and are a bit healthier, making them a better everyday breakfast choice for most of us. These Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts are one of my favorite everyday donut indulgences. They’re baked, not fried, and their miniature size ... Read More »

Brown Butter Blueberry Apricot Loaf

Apricot Blueberry Loaf

One of the reasons that vanilla baked goods are often thought of as being “plain” is that they lack the pops of color that you might find in other foods, like Funfetti cakes, blueberry muffins or chocolate chip cookies and quick breads. I love “plain” vanilla goodies, but I’ll admit that it is nice to get some color into your baked goods, too. Adding berries, ... Read More »

Irish Cheddar and Herb Soda Bread

Irish Cheddar and Herb Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a type of quick bread that should be in everyone’s repertoire. The loaves are delicious and easy to make – and there are almost unlimited options for putting your own twist on the traditional recipe. The basic loaf is a plain bread that has a rich buttermilk flavor. It’s good on its own (served with butter and jam – my favorite), ... Read More »

Mardi Gras Mini Donuts

Mardi Gras Mini Donuts

Donuts are actually a pretty traditional dish for celebrating Mardi Gras, which is also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, because a batch of donuts was a good way to use up ingredients like butter, sugar and other fats that were given up for observation of Lent. These Mardi Gras Mini Donuts are a nod to two Mardi Gras traditions: making donuts and King ... Read More »

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon is such a bright, potent flavor that it will shine in any recipe that you use it in. It’s fun to make lemon desserts like layer cakes and lemon meringue pies that both showcase lemon and are also showstoppers. But I find that I don’t always need a showstopper dessert. Sometimes I just want something simple that still has a lot of flavor. This ... Read More »

Double Peanut Butter Quick Bread

Double Peanut Butter Quick Bread

I’ve had an extra bag of peanut butter chips sitting in my pantry, just waiting for a great recipe to go into. Peanut butter chips are a great way to infuse a little peanut butter into something like chocolate chip cookies, and they are also a good way to boost the peanut butter flavor in baked goods that already feature peanut butter without weighing down ... Read More »

Flaky Sour Cream Biscuits

Flaky Sour Cream Biscuits

Biscuits are a quick and easy thing to make when you want to serve bread as a side dish, either on a weeknight or during a big holiday meal like Thanksgiving. I often use buttermilk in my biscuits because it adds a nice flavor to them and helps to tenderize the dough. Buttermilk isn’t the only ingredient that makes a great biscuit, however, and these ... Read More »

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