Fruit and Cheese Quick Breads

Fruit and Cheese Quick Breads
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Quick breads are one of my favorite things to bake, and I've collected recipes for years. They make wonderful gifts and I often take them for potlucks and family reunions as well. These recipes use fruit, cheese and herbs to spice up the bread.
Marmalade Bread


1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup milk

2/3 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted

1 cup orange marmalade (ginger marmalade is nice too)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with butter. Dust the inside of the pan, bottom and sides, with flour. Lightly tap to remove any excess. Sift the 1-3/4 cups flour along with the baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix together the egg, milk, sugar, melted butter and marmalade until they are mixed well.Pour the egg and marmalade mixture into the flour, folding gently until combined into a batter. Don't over mix, just fold until all the flour is moist. Spoon the batter prepared loaf pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until lightly browned and the sides have begun to pull away slightly from the pan. 45 minutes-1 hour. Test with toothpick. Cool bread in pan at least 10 minutes before running a knife blade around the edges, then turn out on rack to cool completely.

Citrus Quick Bread


1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. lemon, orange, or mango extract

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl, and the dry ingredients in a larger bowl. Mix the wet into the dry. Pour into a loaf pan that has been buttered. Bake for 45-50 minutes until sides pull away slightly and the middle tests done. You can also vary this with a tsp. of cinnamon added to the dry ingredients or 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger. 1/4 cup of crushed nuts can also be added to the dry ingredients as well.

Sweet Potato Pecan Bread


1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup crushed or chopped pecans

1 cup light brown sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1-8 oz. package cream cheese

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

4 eggs

1/2 tsp. allspice

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Cream sugar, cheese, and butter until well blended and light. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in mashed sweet potatoes. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Pour into two greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes-check after an hour, testing with toothpick. You can use canned sweet potatoes that have been drained and mashed or use fresh sweet potatoes that have been boiled, baked or microwaved and mashed.

Cheese Quick Bread


2 cups flour

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter or margarine

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

(for a spicy bread use a pepper cheese!)

1 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

Optional: 1 tsp. seasoned pepper blend

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese. Add combined milk and egg; stirring just until moistened. Spoon the batter into a greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool on wire rack.

Ginger Apple Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. salt

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup crushed pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt; set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix just until blended, but do not over mix or beat the batter. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake the loaf pan for 60-80 minutes or until a tester inserted in the loaves comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pans. Notes: You can also use apple pie spice in place of the ginger or 1 tsp.. cinnamon and 1 tsp. ginger.

Ground ginger, apple pie spice, pepper blends, cinnamon and the extracts are all available from Watkins. Click Here


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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