I really love quick breads. I have a collection of many different kinds, but my favorite is always banana bread. We’ll start out this post with a banana bread recipe, but this particular one has two interesting twists, one of which may be new to you.
I’m not sure how I found this recipe, it may have been FoodGawker or TasteSpotting, but as soon as I found it, I bookmarked it. The photos from Food o’ del Mundo look fantastic, like the perfect banana bread.
The bread is spotted with chocolate chips, which isn’t much of a surprise, but it also includes the addition of crystallized ginger, which definitely surprised me! I had never had crystallized ginger before so I made this recipe a high-priority.
And it is definitely delicious, I think. The ginger keeps this bread interesting. I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not, actually. I definitely did not like the crystallized ginger by itself, but it did taste okay in the bread. I probably would not choose to add crystallized ginger to banana bread again, however. For a different sort of taste experience though, this bread is definitely a winner.
For our second quick bread, let’s go with coconut bread, from Almost Bourdain. I probably found this recipe on FoodGawker or TasteSpotting as well, but can’t be for sure. All I knew about it was that it look fabulous and moist and that I had to make it.
In fact, it was so delicious that this was the only photo I could manage to take of it. That’s a dessert cookbook in the background, in case you were wondering. This coconut bread tasted amazing with a cup of coffee. It is now officially my new favorite quick bread – move over, banana bread!
For this coconut bread, I did not follow the recipe word-for-word. First, I decided to use 150ml skim milk, and 150ml coconut milk, instead of “300ml milk”. Next, I used 2 cups of all-purpose flour, but used 1/2 cup of almond meal to make up the “2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour”. For the shredded coconut, I had to use some desiccated coconut that I had leftover in the pantry, because I didn’t have quite enough shredded coconut. I also did not use the butter or icing sugar that the original recipe suggested for serving.
My bread baked up beautiful and moist, I absolutely loved it and will definitely be making this one again.
What’s your favorite quick bread?