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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Savory Sunday: Buttermilk Quick Bread

I've got a thing against bread machines.  I don't know what is it... maybe my lack or counter space? Or how I know I wouldn't use it enough to get my money out of it?  Therefore my lack of storage space?  Anyways.  Because of this aversion, I'm always keen to try bread recipes that are machineless.  My sister told me about this site, The Kitchn, and they recently posted a quick bread recipe.  Aside from my brown bread recipe which I make about once a month, this has become the next bread staple in my kitchen.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy a loaf of bread again! Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, but I have to admit it tastes soooo good having fresh baked bread!

Aside from only taking 5 minutes from start to oven, the great part about this recipe is the endless variations.  The Kitchn gives you 10 examples, but you could do so much more!  So far I've tried the basic version, which is delicious with a hint of sweetness.  I also made the sundried tomato and cheddar recipe.  Incredible!  The perfect bread to kick up a sandwich or have with dinner instead of a roll.

Buttermilk Quick Bread (with 10 Variations)
Recipe from The Kitchn
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Makes one loaf

2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (4 oz) white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a standard 9x5 loaf pan.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the butter, if using. Whisk it in a separate bowl with the buttermilk and the egg.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. Gently stir and fold the ingredients until all the flour has been incorporated and a shaggy, wet batter is formed. Be careful not to over-mix.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and pat it into the corners. Bake for 45-50 minutes. 

When finished, the loaf should be domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.

Wrap baked loaves tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Baked loaves can also be wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil and frozen for up to three months.

I had mine with a bit of honey, cheese, and candied pecans. Yum!
Basic Variations:
• Sugar can be reduced to a tablespoon for more savory breads.
• Up to half the flour can be substituted with an alternative flour.
• Replace the buttermilk with a mix of yogurt and milk or milk and a squeeze of lemon.
• Use up to 1 1/2 cups fruits, nuts, olives, cheese, or other ingredients, added to the dry ingredients.
• Use 1-3 teaspoons of herbs or spices, added to the dry ingredients.
10 Variations:
1. Cranberry-Walnut Loaf - 1 c. dried cranberries, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts, 1 tsp vanilla, zest from one orange
2. Apple-Cinnamon Loaf - 1 c. diced apples, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped nuts
3. Cherry-Almond Loaf - 1 c. dried cherries, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped almonds, 1 tsp almond extract
4. Blueberry Loaf - 1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 tsp vanilla, zest from one lemon
5. Ginger-Orange Loaf - zest from two oranges, 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of cloves, pinch of nutmeg
6. Herbed Sun-dried Tomato and Cheese Loaf - reduce sugar to 1 T, 1/2 c. grated cheese, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme, 2 T minced sun-dried tomatoes
7. Onion-Dill Loaf - reduce sugar to 2 T, one minced onion cooked until soft, 1 T minced fresh dill
8. Pesto Loaf - reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon, 1/4 c. pesto, 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
9. Spicy Jalapeno Loaf - reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons, 1/4 cup minced jalapeno peppers, 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tsp chili powder
10. Irish Soda Bread Look-Alike Loaf - reduce sugar to 1/4 cup, 1 T caraway seeds, 3/4 cup raisins


  1. Do you have a counter-top mixer? Most if not all bread machine recipes should work in a mixer with a dough hook. I use my bread machine for mixing but don't bake the bread in it because I like the texture of the crust baked in a glass loaf pan better than cooked in the metal of the bread machine.

    I'm definitely putting this on my to-make list! One can never have enough home-baked bread!

    1. You just gave me a 'duh!' moment. I totally forgot about the bread hook attachment to my mixer. And here I've been doing it by hand this whole time! I need to go find that thing and dust it off. I'll have to look into some bread machine recipes using the dough hook instead. Thanks!

  2. Yummy! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party (if you haven't already.) Also, the Pretty Packages Party is going on & I would love for you to share any creative gifts, packages or party favor ideas!




  3. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Very nice bread!
    I usually like to work with yeast (I speciallized in Challahs)
    but I like the texture of your bread :)


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