By Carolyn Malcoun, November 30, 2010 - 12:05pm
Whether I’m looking for a gift or a fantastic addition to a holiday brunch, I often turn to quick breads and muffins during this season. I particularly like to bake this Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread recipe, studded with tart cranberries and walnuts with a touch of orange zest. But this recipe is built to be flexible, so feel free to swap your favorite fruit and nuts—try pears and hazelnuts for an unusual twist or blueberries and almonds for a familiar combination. It’s a great way to use up any really ripe fruit—bananas in black-spotted jackets and too-soft pears make perfect quick breads!
Quick breads and muffins freeze well, too, so I like to make up a batch to keep on hand for grab-and-go breakfasts and emergency snacks. Indeed, writing this blog made me want a muffin—luckily I had a bagful in my freezer to satisfy my craving!
If you’re giving your quick breads as a gift, bake them in a fun-shaped pan—like mini loaves or mini Bundt cakes—and wrap them up in pretty cellophane with a matching ribbon. Happy holidays!
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