What is Quick bread’?
A quick bread is an American term used to describe a type of bread (or baked good) which is leavened with raising agents other than yeast e.g. baking powder and/or baking soda. They are dense but very moist baked goods made mostly by using the all-in-one method.
Examples of quick breads:
Some cakes e.g. Traditional Carrot cake or Zucchini cake, Brownies, Fruit breads like Banana bread, Corn bread, Muffins and Pancakes.
Quick breads probably originated from the United States of America at the end of the eighteenth century. Before that, baked goods were leavened with either yeast or by mixing dough with eggs. During the American Civil War, demand for food rose and bread was therefore rapidly made and leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. That was how the name came to be – “quick breads”
I fell in love with the art of baking in my freshman year of high school. I took a “Creative Cooking” class with a wonderful and quirky teacher called Ms. Minadeo, I have been baking ever since.
My feature recipe for today is my absolute favorite – Banana Bread, there are many variations of the banana bread, I will share my own version.
Banana Bread Recipe
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Margarine
2 Ripe Bananas
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 1/2 cups All-purpose Wheat Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 cup Milk
1 pce Egg
(Optional) 1/8 cup peanuts – chopped
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
-Grease and flour a regular loaf pan and set aside.
-In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.
-Cream the sugar and margarine in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.
-Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined; then add the egg and mix. Fold in dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears. If adding nuts, fold them into the batter with a wooden spoon or spatula
-Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for at least 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan and set aside to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes. Remove banana bread from pan, invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.
I can’t make just one, three will do 🙂