Having a brunch for four? Try this already scaled recipe for mini blueberry buttermilk loaves.
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If you're in the mood for bread but it's too hot to turn on the oven, then I've got the perfect recipe for you. Hearty but delicate, this versatile flatbread goes well with whatever lands on your summer table, from barbecue to the simplest garden salad. Made quickly in a hot skillet, they're an easy way to enjoy bread without waiting for it to rise. And although they may resemble "wraps," they're best eaten out of hand.
Everyone should have a couple of quick bread recipes in their repertoire. And this one is a classic: basic beer bread with the added bonus of bacon, cheddar, and thyme.
This tastes like butter, vanilla, and strawberries: a simple cake that's perfect for spring.
Sweet corn, touched with just a bit of salt and black pepper, complements smoky candied bacon.
Buttery rowies are native to Aberdeen, and are typically made with lard and served with butter and jam. This is a version of the crisp, layered rolls that uses salted butter to achieve the fatty layers and adds a tablespoon of brown sugar to the last layer of butter. Adding a thin layer of brown sugar gives the rolls a bit of sweetness that complements the salty butter perfectly.
This winter breakfast cake is tender of crumb and incredibly comforting, with the added bonus of using up those extra veggies from your CSA box.
It's always nice to have something alongside a good cup of hot tea. Sandwiches, cookies, and buns are all great choices, but to me a nice slice of tea cake and butter is hard to beat. This is a simple cake, dotted with raisins soaked in tea—but put it next to a pot of tea, and take a moment to read a newspaper or stare out a window, and you'll be ready to get back to the real world feeling satisfied and invigorated.
A rich and moist gluten free cake soaked in an aromatic grapefruit glaze.
If soft butter had a true soul mate, it would be the crumpet. Each crumpet is filled with tiny crevices that, when warmed, become the ideal space to fill with butter. There are few things better first thing in the morning than a warm crumpet, a pot of tea, and butter.
For those unacquainted with the classic snack, malt loaf is a sweet loaf that normally contains some sort of dried fruit. Dense and small, this loaf is served as a snack between meals spread with lots of soft butter beside a strong cup of tea. This particular version has a lighter texture than many malt loaves found across the pond, but has all the sweet malty flavor that is a unique, even craveable, part of this quickbread.
Grated apples give this quick bread plenty of moisture, while apple chunks together with plump rum-soaked raisins provide plenty of texture and flavor to this quick breakfast bread. No jam required!
This quick bread gets Mediterranean flavors from olive oil, fennel, and fig.
A simple, not-too-sweet apple bread that's spiced with cinnamon and ginger.
A moist, spiced bread is a great way to use up summer zucchini.
For easier prep, pulse pistachios in food processor until finely chopped. The cake can also be baked in a 2 1/4-quart tube pan and in mini-loaf pans as seen in photo....
Since spring hasn't fully arrived in my neck of the woods, strawberry tarts, shortcakes, and other spring-treats aren't coming out of my kitchen. Yet I'm still craving something spring-y. This buttermilk pound cake satisfies my craving. The delicate flavor and lemony icing hints of light spring desserts, while not requiring any unavailable seasonal ingredients. Of course, if berries are in season where you live, serve some with this cake.
For easier slicing, wrap the completely cooled bread in foil and let it sit overnight. This bread also freezes very well, if you're not going to eat it all soon....
[Photograph: Donna Currie] I'm calling this a bread, but it walks a fine line between a quick bread and a muffin-like loaf pretending to be a pound cake. It doesn't have nearly as much sugar or fat as a pound...