With my church’s annual conference just 10 days away, I am baking quick-breads like a maniac! See, I’m in charge of the quick-breads. Another lady is in charge of the cookies – A HUNDRED DOZEN COOKIES. Oh my gosh! Poor lady! I don’t even know how many loaves of quick-breads I’m supposed to make. When I asked the lady in charge, she looked at me with a panic-stricken expression and said, “Just make as many as you can!”
So far I’ve made 17 mini-loaves of various breads, and today I made 7 more. My freezer is almost full (there are also a bunch of local strawberries in there). I was in such a rush that I totally forgot to take pictures of the BIP (baking in progress), but here are the end results:
On the left are 4 mini-loaves of Banana Walnut Bread, and on the right are 3 loaves of one of my fave quickbreads: Orange Marmalade Bread. This recipe calls for walnuts, but I leave them out. Why corrupt the sunny, orange flavor of the bread with a stodgey old walnut? And truthfully, I don’t like even orange marmalade . . . but I LOVE this bread! It has a whole cup of orange juice in it, 12 oz of marmalade, and only 3 T of oil. It tastes like the sunniest of sunshine. Ever tasted that? No? Then make this bread! (Without the stodgey old walnuts.)
Mini-loaves are great for receptions because each loaf can be cut into 6 generously-sized slices that are each the perfect size for one person (I hate it when people slice things too skimpy), and they’re easy to pick up from a tray and eat. No fork required! I even slice the loaves before wrapping and freezing them. Then you just thaw them and arrange the slices on a tray.
Tune in later – I’ll be baking again very soon!