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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/26/2005 :  6:32:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Does anyone have a very plain, bland, basic quick bread recipe? I want to use some spices from some Swedish yeast breads without having to make yeast bread, so I need a BORING quick bread recipe.

I've looked in my cookbooks and on the net but everything has bananas or apples or nuts or....

Anyone?

Thanks!


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Lanea
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Posted - 11/26/2005 :  6:42:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Here is a basic soda bread recipe. It makes two loaves:

6 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, you can sub milk with some lemon juice or vinegar in it--you just need to add something acidic so the soda can bubble happily and raise the loaves)

preheat oven to 375. Sift or whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the buttermilk/milk. Stir until it forms a ball. Knead lightly for two minutes. Divide it in half, and shape each half into a boule. Place loaves onto a greased sheet pan, cut a slit into the top of each, and glaze with egg or milk wash if you like. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/26/2005 :  6:51:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Thanks, Lanea! When I give it a try I'll let you know how it goes! The anise, cardamom (sp?), orange peel and everything else that goes together is SOOOOOO yummy together but I just don't want to deal with a yeast bread anytime soon!

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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 11/26/2005 :  7:47:28 PM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
Or you could try adding the spices to a scone recipe instead. The best ones are the ones that call for buttermilk, not heavy cream, at least in my opinion. They're pretty similar to soda bread, actually.

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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/26/2005 :  7:54:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Cool, thanks for the tip. I am used to dumping raisins or nuts or whatever into random quick breads but I tend to make ones that use spices and a lot of sugar and I wanted to start out more basic and plain.

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  02:08:35 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
If you like homemade bread but don`t want to get involved in making it by hand, buy an inexpensive bread machine. Five minutes to load it...if that...then around four hours later you have great bread. I used to make my own bread quite a lot but it was more time consuming so I didn`t every day. Now I make 90% of the bread we eat in the machine, 5% shop bought and very occasionally bake by hand. Wonderful item.

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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  07:10:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Actually, I LOVE making bread, it's just that lately I haven't had time. I'm leery of getting a bread machine. For some reason I have some weird thing against them. It's not rational, but it's there...

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  07:20:47 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
I love making bread by hand too. I love home made bread. But with two kids and being a part time single mum, I don`t have time to make bread every day, so it`s either the bread machine or shop bought bread. I used to think a bread machine was one of these expensive gadgets that sat in the kitchen gathering dust, but I was wrong. It`s like the attachment I have on my big Chef food mixer that peels potatoes...yup, it`s a slob thing to admit I hate peeling potatoes! But it means we eat more potatoes because I have the gadget, which can`t be bad.

Today I don`t need a bread to go with a savoury course, so I`m making honey and sunflower seed bread. The kids love that...they dip it into greek yoghurt for breakfast.

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Atavistic
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  07:24:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
Well I bet if I hold off on getting one, someone will eventually get one as a wedding gift. (NO, we're NOT engaged yet, NO, we're NOT pregnant, Val...) Ha ha ha!

Amanda

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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  10:10:59 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Bread machine is actually the ONLY wedding gift we returned. We only have about a metre of counter space and that had to be used for other more useful things. We also have so many excellent bakeries that it didn't make sense for us, not to mention we rarely get through a loaf of bread before it goes moldy!

For me bread baking is all in the physical handling, which is why I still make bread by hand.

I know they can be a god send; my husband's aunt used to bake bread often until she got arthritis. Thanks to her bread maker she can still enjoy the food, although without the fun.

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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  11:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Felted-Bag's Homepage Send Felted-Bag a Private Message
Amanda -- try this lemon quick bread http://bread.allrecipes.com/az/LemonBread.asp It's very basic and can be dressed up many ways. If it is too sweet, Google on Lemon Tea Bread.

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mamid
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  11:22:59 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message
popovers. very bland. eggs, milk, flour, salt, oil. tons of sites on them.

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fmarrs
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  12:21:55 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
As someone with severe arthritis, I learned a few tricks to making bread. All that kneading is not necessary. There are other ways to bring out the gluten and allow it to develop. If anyone needs this information, let me know.

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