Searching for an easy gift idea? How about a loaf of homemade quick bread and a jar of your own special jam or jelly?
Quick breads are easy to make, easy to gift, and easy to eat! If you can measure, stir, and open the oven door you can make quick breads.
Quick Bread Tips
- Bake breads in a regular loaf pan, a mini-loaf pan, or large muffin cups.
- Make breads now and freeze to gift closer to the holidays.
- Freezing the bread is a good way to ensure freshness if you are mailing the loaves.
- Wrap individual loaves in plastic wrap or treat bags to keep them from drying out.
Favorite Quick Breads
The photo above shows some of my favorite kinds of quick bread:
Banana Chocolate Chip: I found this recipe on a grocery store flyer. The Home Economist in me thinks that the recipe has too many things going on – besides banana and chocolate it includes orange peel and cinnamon – so gift with a mild jam like Spiced Pear Butter.
Applesauce-Oatmeal Bread: I adapted this recipe from King Arthur Flour using some homemade Cranberry Applesauce. Include a jar of Apple-Plum Jelly or Rum Apple Butter (Recipe can be found in Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen. Order your print or pdf copy here) with your gift.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Zest from one orange
- 1 cup safflower oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and orange zest.
- In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, and orange juice.
- Add to flour mixture. Stir until combined.
- Spoon batter into 2 greased 8½ x 4½ inch loaf pans. Divide jam between loaves. Gently swirl into batter using a butter knife.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from baking pan.