2 Awesome Quick Breads

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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?

Banana bread with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger: Food o’ del Mundo
Jamaican coconut bread: Almost Bourdain

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  1. says

    I actually really love crystallized ginger so I’m pretty sure I would adore that banana bread! I would never have thought to combine the two though. Another thing I’ve never seen before – coconut bread (you are full of inventiveness today!). Looks delicious.

    My favorite quickbread is definitely banana bread. I bet a banana coconut bread would be good also. I’m going to look into that.

  2. says

    Hey, thanks for the plug! My husband devours that bread every time I make it. Last week was the first time we were able to stash some away for the next day and I realized I like it a lot better cold than fresh out of the oven.

    I am a fan of coconut and that quickbread sounds truly amazing!

  3. says

    Ooooh Coconut bread… it sounds and looks so delicious, I love making fruit bread usually banana since its my other halfs fav…. i’ve recently made strawberry bread which is on my blog but im definately going to try this real soon. :)

    thanx for the great idea x

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