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An easy holiday quick bread for gifts and guests

By Carolyn Malcoun, November 30, 2010 - 12:05pm

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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!

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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!

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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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Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, young daughter and dog.

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