I love tea breads. I love them buttered or spread with cream cheese. I love them with tea or salads or just anytime. I love to use them for gifts or just for myself. Try one or two from this list and see if you don't love tea breads, too!
This is probably #2 of my Top Ten all time favorites. The recipe won Harold Freeman of Phoenix $150 in a newspaper contest probably 20 years ago. He should have easily won $500, as I've made many life long friends equally addicted to Harold's tipsy bread. I usually make it in mini foil pans for gifts. Don't skip the special cheese spread, as It really adds the lagniappe! Try it soon, and maybe we can each chip in another $5 to bring Harold his just reward for a great recipe!
I toyed around with ingredients while making Zucchini Bread, until I came up with a recipe my entire family could enjoy. I hate Zucchini Bread! But I love this bread, and when I sell it in the farmer's market, people say its the best they've ever tasted! I like to make a fair amount of it, but because of the rounded-off ingredients, this is easy to halve.
Tea loaves are among my favourite things to bake. This is one in my to try file so I can't comment yet on how it works. Using the peel of the apple and orange in this would boost the fibre content some.
Bright flecks of apricot and cranberry peek through the crust of this hearty bread. Well wrapped, this bread will keep for a month or two in the freezer. A wrapped loaf atop a cutting board would make a thoughtful hostess gift. You can cut the amount of butter by 1/2 cup for a lower fat version; it will be a slightly drier yet still delicious bread.
This bread is so moist and flavorful that my kids even eat the ends, which for most quick breads I usually have to throw away. At Christmas, I make the mini loaves and give as gifts to my neighbors. The oil can be replaced with 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce. Still flavorful but not quite as moist. If possible, don't skip the walnuts, they really add to it.
I love almost and combination of bananas and berries. This can also be made with strawberries, blackberries or blueberries. This recipe makes 4 breads or a whole lotta muffins. This way I get to freeze a bunch and always have some on hand!
Why compromise the banana flavor? My banana bread is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavor! Ultimate comfort food, and it's WONDERFUL TOASTED!! (Make sure to use bananas with a lot of black on them for the best flavor! The blacker the bananas, the stronger the banana flavor of the bread.)
This banana bread is "number one" to me. I used to throw banana bread away after the first couple slices, since it never lived up to my expectations. I save the last sliver of this one, carefully wrapped in plastic, and savor the last bite. The loaf bakes up evenly in the pan, making less of a peaked top. I believe it is the 3 eggs that does this. You will not find a gummy center in the middle of this loaf. Look on the Williams Sonoma website for a photo. To ensure consistency I use very ripe bananas and measure them mashed.