#32 Apple Pecan Quick Bread (p.22)

“Here’s a terrific quick bread for any time of the day. This bread is great when lightly toasted and spread with some cream cheese.” (p. 22)


Such a quick and easy thing to make.

The quick breads ARE easy. Hard to find an excuse not to make one, especially if you plan on sharing it.

Love putting fruit into oven-baked goodies.

Just stir.

But don’t stir too much. Keeps things tender.

Pop it in. Pop it back out.


Pop it back in again.

See how easy that was!

This is an “apples and oranges” delight – judging by the way my kids went after it.

#29, Cranberry Orange Bread

A Thanksgiving tradition in some families.


The two stars of this show.

Before we get started, have you ever wondered why “banana bread, zucchini bread, etc.” are called breads and not cakes? I’ve been asking myself that question, especially after having a bite of this festive jewel. Oh… Here’s the answer.

Why didn’t I wait until Thanksgiving to bake this? It’s not even Halloween yet. For very practical reasons: 1) I had all the ingredients handy, 2) I needed something easy to do and ALL of these “bread” recipes are SO EASY to make and 3) THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!!, 4) It’s never too early to dream about Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Where’s my coffee?

DETOURS? None that I know of. At least not a big deal. I did end up with a tad bit extra orange juice and a bit of pulp in the mixture due to my zesting technique (or lack thereof). I held my orange over the batter trying to let the zest fall directly in but my orange was very soft and kind of squished all to pieces and into the mixture. LUCKY ME/WE!  …….. Yeah. Why not? Why not have orange pulp as part of the recipe? Why not call for fresh squeezed oranges in the recipe? The Magnolia book sticks to very traditional, late 20th century, easy-in-the kitchen recipes for the most part. The Magnolia bakers really do present a kind of classic Americana.

This classic piece of Americana with classic American fruits of oranges and cranberries is headed for a Kiwi I know.