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~What is Quick Bread and What Defines Quick Bread~

6a0120a8551282970b022ad3a5d6e5200bQuick bread is an American term that refers to bread that is quick to make because it doesn't require kneading or rising time.  It originated during the American civil war, when the demand for food and bread was high.  Innovative cooks began rapidly producing bread and baked goods that were leavened with baking soda rather than yeast.  Nowadays, the leavening agent is predominately double-acting baking powder, or, a combination of baking powder and baking soda.

In the case of baking powder, it is called "double acting" because the rising process starts the moment it makes contact with the liquids, and, gives a second burst of rising power when the bread enters the hot oven.  Typically, quick breads contain eggs, flour, salt and fat (butter, margarine, shortening or oil) and leavening.  That said, they can be sweet or savory and contain sugar, fruits, fruit purée, vegetables, vegetable purée and various liquids (milk, buttermilk, fruit juice or stock).  The wet and dry ingredients are mixed separately, in two different bowls, then briefly stirred together just prior to baking.  FYI:  Biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, soda bread and waffles (yummy, yum, yum) -- they all fall into the quick-bread category too.

Best Basic Banana Bread -- Simple & Straightforward:

IMG_3278Peanut Butter-Banana-Oat & Trail Mix Quick Bread:

6a0120a8551282970b022ad3a5d518200bEggnog & Butter-Rum, Cinnamon-Apple Quick Fritter Bread:

6a0120a8551282970b01bb09e74d9e970dBack to Basics, Plain & Simple Date & Nut Quick Bread:

6a0120a8551282970b01b7c814e488970bDehydrated Pie Cherry & Pistachio Zucchini Quick Bread:

6a0120a8551282970b01bb0856b10f970dMacadamia-Mango, Coconut-Rum Banana Quick Bread:

6a0120a8551282970b01b8d0f9e94e970c"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2021)


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