December 22, 2014

Recipe Corner: Easy Quick Breads

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By Ginger Isham

The first quick bread was called corn bread. It was made by the Native Americans, who introduced it to the early settlers when they arrived in this country. It became especially popular during the Civil War, when times were hard. These are two of my favorite quick breads.

 

Applesauce oatmeal bread

1 cup sugar (I use 3/4 or 2/3 cup)

2 eggs

1/3 cup canola or light-tasting olive oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup white flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of salt

1/2 cup oatmeal (regular or quick, I put regular through my food processor)

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Beat sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla together. Mix dry ingredients together and add this mixture alternately with the applesauce. Add nuts and stir until all is moistened. Pour batter into three small loaf pans, two medium pans or one large loaf pan that have been sprayed with cooking oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or less for smaller loaves. Remove from oven, let cool 5-8 minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack.

 

Pumpkin orange spice bread

1 1/2 cups white flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon EACH ginger and cloves

1 cup sugar (use 2/3 or 3/4)

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup fat-free milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1 large egg

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in center. Mix rest of ingredients and pour into the bowl. Stir just until moistened. Pour batter into one 8-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking oil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes for one loaf or less time for smaller loaves. Cool 5-8 minutes and turn out onto cooling rack.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

 
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