The Best Quick Breads: 150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes and More by Beth Hensperger

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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Hungarian
    • Ingredients: butter; sugar; eggs; all-purpose flour; sour cream; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Accompaniments: Brandied fruit
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    • Categories: Sauces for desserts
    • Ingredients: cherries; sugar; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; vanilla beans; Cherry Marnier
    • Accompaniments: Hungarian sour cream poundcake
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    • Ingredients: butter; sugar; store-cupboard ingredients; eggs; all-purpose flour; Dutch-process cocoa powder; sour cream; vanilla extract; dark chocolate; Kahlúa; light brown sugar; dark brown sugar; heavy cream; strawberries
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    • Categories: Sauces for desserts
    • Ingredients: heavy cream; store-cupboard ingredients; sour cream; dark brown sugar
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: poppyseeds; store-cupboard ingredients; all-purpose flour; lemons; sugar
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: poppyseeds; store-cupboard ingredients; all-purpose flour; lemons; sugar; saffron
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    • Ingredients: cranberries; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; nutmeg; ground ginger; oranges; walnuts; orange juice
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: butter; sugar; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; crystallized ginger; buttermilk; pears
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: rolled oats; buttermilk; oranges; orange liqueur; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Accompaniments: Ricotta cheese hearts
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: ricotta cheese; yogurt; honey; lemon balm
    • Accompaniments: Fresh orange–oatmeal bread
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: papayas; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; macadamia nuts; oranges; milk
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; Picnics & outdoors
    • Ingredients: dried apricots; sugar; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; whole wheat flour; pecans; orange juice
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; Fall / autumn; Winter
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; mace; nuts of your choice; light brown sugar; sour cream; Amaretto
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: sugar; light brown sugar; pumpkins; eggs; walnut oil; all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; ground coriander; cream sherry
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: sugar; light brown sugar; pumpkins; eggs; walnut oil; all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; ground coriander; cream sherry; cornmeal
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    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; Dessert
    • Ingredients: sugar; store-cupboard ingredients; zucchini; all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; walnuts; brandy
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    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Side dish
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; sour cream; buttermilk; watercress; basil; dill; marjoram
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    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Side dish
    • Ingredients: black olives; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; mint; green onions; walnut oil; buttermilk
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    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Side dish
    • Ingredients: avocados; yogurt; pecans; all-purpose flour; limes; sugar
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: applesauce; all-purpose flour; walnuts; store-cupboard ingredients; ground cinnamon; ground cloves; ground allspice
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: prunes; whole wheat flour; pecans; store-cupboard ingredients; ground cinnamon; buttermilk; yogurt; cream cheese; oranges
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: whole wheat flour; wheat bran; store-cupboard ingredients; buttermilk; light molasses; dates
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; American
    • Ingredients: dried blueberries; golden rum; stone-ground yellow cornmeal; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; buttermilk; light molasses
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; American
    • Ingredients: dried blueberries; golden rum; stone-ground yellow cornmeal; all-purpose flour; store-cupboard ingredients; buttermilk; light molasses; applesauce
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  • Lemon buttermilk waffles

    • ccav on March 09, 2019

      Used soy milk mixed with yogurt instead of buttermilk. Great served with cottage cheese and bilberry/blueberry preserves. Very light waffles.

  • Brandy-glazed zucchini bread

    • TrishaCP on August 24, 2017

      I'm not going to rate this because I didn't make the glaze, just the bread. Everyone enjoyed this and it was a fairly standard zucchini bread preparation, but I didn't think it was better than other zucchini breads I make that use less sugar, eggs, and fat. The bread itself held up fairly well, but is best eaten straight from the oven, or 24 hours later. Cooled the same day it had a bit of an oily aftertaste that wasn't desirable.

  • Peach cobbler

    • Nancith on August 18, 2014

      Nice flavor, but my husband thought it was a bit dry--perhaps the peaches didn't make enough juice. The author suggests eating it with ice cream or heavy cream which would add some moisture. The biscuits were tender, although a bit bland.

  • Swedish pancakes

  • Fresh cranberry–walnut scones

    • PatFB on December 28, 2021

      Made these with 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups white, and a little extra buttermilk. Grated the butter. Pops of tartness (ha!) and not too rich.

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  • ISBN 10 1558321713
  • ISBN 13 9781558321717
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  • Published Jan 11 2000
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Harvard Common Press,U.S.
  • Imprint Harvard Common Press,U.S.

Publishers Text

The pleasure of a perfectly high-domed muffin, the butter-tender crumb of a teatime scone, a sizzling skillet of golden-crusted cornbread, a piping-hot stack of fluffy pancakes - quick breads are an everyday luxury, an affordable indulgence, a reminder of how special simple and speedy foods can be. Beth Hensperger, the master baker who turned bread machine baking into an art and artisan bread baking into a cinch, now shares her favorite recipes for sweet and savory quick breads.


Take the 100 best recipes from the author's much-loved (but out of print) The Art of Quick Breads, stir in 50 scrumptiously brand-new creations and you have enough terrific quick breads to last a lifetime. Quick breads, made with leaveners that work much faster than yeast, are a snap to prepare and can be baked fresh right before a meal. Whether it's Honey Lemon Cream Scones for breakfast, a Brandy-Glazed Zucchini Bread for a lazy brunch, Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins for the lunchbox, or a Fresh Apricot Gingerbread for dessert, this is a deliciously soul-satisfying collection of treats.



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