The Best Quick Breads150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More
The baking classic, with a new cover
The pleasure of a perfectly high-domed muffin, the butter-tender crumb of a teatime scone, a sizzling skillet of golden-crusted cornbread, a piping-hot stack of fluffy pancakes—quick breads are an everyday luxury, an affordable indulgence, a reminder of how special simple and speedy foods can be. Beth Hensperger, the master baker who turned bread machine baking into an art and artisan bread baking into a cinch, now shares her favorite recipes for sweet and savory quick breads.
Quick breads, made with leaveners that work much faster than yeast, are a snap to prepare and can be baked fresh right before a meal. Whether it’s Honey Lemon Cream Scones for breakfast, a Brandy-Glazed Zucchini Bread for a lazy brunch, Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins for the lunchbox, or a Fresh Apricot Gingerbread for dessert, this is a deliciously soul-satisfying collection of treats.
“Once again, Beth Hensperger brings us a collection of delightfully simple quick breads. Here, among the muffins and biscuits, beaten and stirred, dropped and cut, pancakes and waffles, old-fashioned and a la mode, cornbreads, berry shortcakes, and buttery shortbreads, spicy gingerbreads and even popovers, are scores of recipes, both sweet and savory, easy enough to make on a weekday and delicious enough to serve at any meal, from a casual family breakfast to a have-friends-in Sunday supper. The Best Quick Breads is the kind of book that earns a permanent place on the kitchen bookshelf and becomes dog-eared with use in almost as little time as it takes to flip a stack of Beth’s Buckwheat Pancakes on the griddle.“
—Dorie Greenspan, author, Baking with Julia and Desserts by Pierre Hermé
“A truly wonderful collection of quick and easy recipes. Breads and muffins and cakes—yes. But also a great variety of pancakes (potato-spinach, red pepper, black beans, etc.). Yummy! These recipes will keep you happy for a long time.“
—Maida Heatter, author of Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts
“Typical Beth Hensperger! Just when you thought it had all been said and done, she comes along with a collection of quick breads that looks utterly enticing, fresh, and new, yet happily familiar. I knowThe Best Quick Breads will get a good workout in my kitchen.“
—Deborah Madison, author,Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“The Best Quick Breads is a great resource for bakers. Not only is Beth’s book packed with delectable recipes, but it also provides useful information on timing, techniques, and baking pans. With this book in hand you will never run out of ideas for delicious goodies for breakfast, snacks, or any time.“
—Amy Scherber, owner of Amy’s Bread in New York City and author of Amy’s Bread