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The best quick breads : 150 recipes for muffins, scones, shortcakes, gingerbreads, cornbreads, coffeecakes, and more
Hensperger, Beth.
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Art of quick breads
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Harvard Commomon Press ; Lanham, Md. : Distributed by National Book Network, [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 382 pages ; 24 cm
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Originally published under title: The art of quick breads. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1994.

Includes index.
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Take the 100 best recipes from the author's classic (but out-of-print) The Art of Quick Breads, stir in 50 scrumptiously brand-new creations, and you have enough terrific quick breads to last a lifetime. Whether its Honey Lemon Cream Scones, a Brand-Glazed Zucchini Bread, or a Fresh Apricot Gingerbread, this is a deliciously soul-satisfying collection of treats. With The Best Quick Breads, a busy schedule no longer stands in the way of fresh baked goods. Most of the recipes can be prepared in a hurry - in less time than it takes to run to the corner bakery. This new collection of recipes from Beth Hensperger, 100 of them from her much-loved The Art of Quick Breads (now out of print) plus 50 brand-new creations, has favorite fare for breakfast on the run, lazy Sunday morning repasts, and elegant holiday brunches. A delightful array of savory recipes brings quick breads into all the meals of the day. Beyond the 150 breads, there are recipes for flavored syrups, sweet and savory sauces, and fresh jams and curds to add extra elegance when the occasion calls for it. Easy and quick, piping hot and delicious! Recipes include: Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread Fresh Apple Coffee Cake Banana Waffles Buttermilk Cherry Scones Oat Scones Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins Black Olive and Goat Cheese Muffins Skillet Cornbread with Walnuts Mushroom Oven Pancake with Chive Sauce Classic Crêpes Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter Chocolate Gingerbread with Bittersweet Glaze

Author Notes

Beth Hensperger , a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San Jose Mercury News food column for twelve years, Baking with the Seasons. She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at and blog at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Electronically controlled bread machines made a big splash when first introduced, and they seemed destined to be as ubiquitous as the Cuisinart. But many home bakers lost interest quickly when they tired of the same loaves popping out of the machines each day. Hensperger isn't so quick to dismiss these kitchen devices, and she insists that with a thoughtful, professional approach, bread machines can both save labor and provide more bread varieties than expected. Hensperger analyzes these machines and explains how different models work. Most important, she shows how to vary the machine's processes to take greatest advantage of its labor savings and yet produce loaves of varying shape, flavor, and texture. In many cases, recipes call for removing the kneaded dough from the machine for some manual shaping and for baking in a conventional oven. Anyone who loves bread but has let one of these machines gather dust will find rejuvenated inspiration from the possibilities this book offers. --Mark Knoblauch

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her no-fuss, straightforward style, Hensperger (The Bread Bible, etc.) expertly lays out the basics for making quick breads in this exhaustive, offbeat book. She offers 150 recipes in all: 100 from her now out-of-print The Art of Quick Breads and 50 brand new. Classic loaves, such as Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread, appear alongside innovative items like Fresh Orange-Oatmeal Bread and Amaretto Nut Bead. Standout muffins include Rye Muffins with Orange and Fennel, Zucchini-Basil Baby Cakes and Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins. Gingerbreads are redolent with spices and unusual ingredients such as stout and peaches. This is not to imply that all of Hensperger's recipes rely on wacky ingredient combinations. She includes plenty of staid recipes like Fresh Apple Coffee Cake and Chicken-and-Mushroom-Filled Crˆpes with b‚chamel. But just as Hensperger expands the definition of quick breads to include pancakes, crˆpes, dumplings and even latkes, she also enlarges the pool of potential quick bread ingredients to incorporate some new tastes: Autumn Persimmon Pancakes, Graham Popovers, and Soda Bread with Caraway and Drambuie. The entries sometimes border on the unorthodox (Chinatown Green Onion Cakes; Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter), but with recipes this concise and inviting, readers are unlikely to complain. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hensperger's smaller quick breads book includes 100 recipes from her earlier Art of Quick Breads, now out of print, as well as 50 new ones. In addition to quick loaves, both sweet and savory, there are waffles, dumplings, biscuits, popovers, and a variety of other easy baked goods, along with some tasty accompaniments, such as the Fruit Salsa for her Hopi Blue Corn Hotcakes. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Inspiration in the Kitchenp. X
Loavesp. 1
Hungarian Sour Cream Poundcake
Brandied Fruit
Chocolate and Brown Sugar Poundcake
Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread
Variation: Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread with Saffron
Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread
Pear Bread with Vanilla and Ginger
Fresh Orange-Oatmeal Bread
Ricotta Cheese Hearts
Papaya-Macadamia Nut Bread
Dried Apricot-Pecan Bread
Amaretto Nut Bread
Cream Sherry-Pumpkin Bread
Variation: Indian Pumpkin Bread
Brandy-Glazed Zucchini Bread
Sour Cream Herb Bread
Savory Black Olive Bread
Avocado Bread with Pecans and Lime Glaze
Applesauce Bread
Whole Wheat Prune Bread with Orange
Cream Cheese
Orange Cream Cheese
Whole Wheat-Bran Bread with Dates
Steamed Brown Bread with Dried Blueberries
Variation: Steamed Applesauce Brown Bread
Gingerbreadsp. 38
Classic Gingerbread
Pumpkin Gingerbread
Variation: Pumpkin--Cornmeal Gingerbread
Gingerbread with Stout Orange
Hard Sauce
Maple Gingerbread with Pumpkin Gelato
Pumpkin Gelato
Gingerbread with Lemon and Raspberry
Raspberry Sauce
Lemon Sauce
Fresh Apricot Gingerbread
Peach Upside-Down Ginger Cake
Amaretto Creme Anglaise
Variation: Cranberry-Orange Upside-Down Ginger Cake
Blueberry Gingerbread with Cinnamon Ice Cream
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Chocolate Gingerbread with Bittersweet Glaze
Bittersweet Glaze
Poached Ginger Prunes
Cornbreadsp. 60
Yogurt Cornbread
Maple Pan Cornbread
Bacon Cornbread
Berry Cornbread
Black Olive Cornbread
Apple Cornbread
Rice Cornbread
Fresh Corn Kernel and Cornmeal Bread
Variation: Cornmeal Savarins
Green and Red Pepper Cornbread
Skillet Cornbread with Walnuts
Sweet-Potato Cornbread with Orange Butter
Orange Butter
Maple-Whole Wheat Johnnycake with Blueberries
Maple Butter
Cranberry-Walnut Cornbread
Steamed Pecan Cornbread
Country Whole Wheat Cornbread
Hazelnut Honey Butter
Italian Polenta Cornbread with Sun-Dried
Tomatoes and Basil
Blue Cornbread with Goat Cheese and Green Chiles
Kasha Cornsticks
Coffee Cakesp. 85
Fresh Apple Coffee Cake
Banana Coffee Cake
Spiced Brown Sugar-Pecan Coffee Cake
Cranberry-Almond Coffee Cake
Blueberry Cheese Crumbcake
Fresh Pineapple Crumbcake
Apricot and Prune Coffee Cake
Italian Lemon and Anise Sweet Bread
Jam Tea Cake
Marbled Chestnut-Sour Cream Cake
Peach and Almond Torte
Fresh Fruit Cobbler
Muffinsp. 111
Cherry-Almond Muffins
Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Sour Cream-Apple Muffins
Banana, Coconut, and Macadamia Nut Muffins
Sour Cream-Peach Muffins
Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins
Variation: Cornmeal Muffins with Cranberries and Golden Raisins
Blueberry-Blue Corn Muffins
Everyday Maple Bran Muffins
Variation: Blueberry Bran Muffins
Buckwheat and Hazelnut Muffins
Rye Muffins with Orange and Fennel
Honey-Almond Cheese
Black Olive and Goat Cheese Muffins
Tomato Corn Muffins with Melting
Cheese Hearts
Zucchini-Basil Baby Cakes
Pancakes and Crepesp. 135
Pancakesp. 136
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes
Multi-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes
Rice Buttermilk Pancakes
Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes
Vanilla-Millet Buttermilk Pancakes
Homemade Buttermilk Griddle Mix Pancakes
Buttermilk Griddle Mix
Vineyard Pancakes
Autumn Persimmon Pancakes
Cornmeal-Yogurt Pancakes
Apple Oatcakes
Whole Wheat-Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Yogurt Chantilly
Sunday White Whole Wheat Pancakes
Four-Grain Sour Cream Pancakes
Whole-Blueberry Syrup
Buckwheat Pancakes with Maple-Nut Syrup
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
Maple-Nut Syrup
Hopi Blue Corn Hotcakes with Fruit Salsa
Fruit Salsa
Chili Corn Cakes
Red Pepper Butter
Savory Wild Rice Pancakes
Spinach Dinner Cakes
Zucchini Pancakes
Chinatown Green Onion Cakes
Potato Latkes
Potato-Spinach Pancakes with Goat Cheese
Roasted Red Pepper Pancakes with Hot Goat-Cheese Sauce
Hot Goat-Cheese Sauce
Black Bean Pancakes
Crepesp. 169
Classic Crepes
Chicken and Mushroom-Filled Crepes
Crepe Torta de la Mar
Manicotti Crepes
Tomato Sauce
Buttermilk Crepes
Cornmeal Crepes
Green Enchiladas
My Favorite Buckwheat Crepes
Maple Butter Crepes
Palacsinta Crepes
Chantilly Dessert Crepes
Fresh Lemon Dessert Crepes
Crepes Elizabeth
Orange Dessert Crepes with Suzette Butter
Apple Crepes with Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Dessert Crepes
Swedish Pancakes
Michael's Creamy Spinach Sauce
Wafflesp. 201
Buttermilk Waffles
Fresh Strawberry--Spumante Sauce
Super Whole-Grain--Buttermilk Waffles
Lemon Buttermilk Waffles
Rice Buttermilk Waffles
Sour Cream Buttermilk Waffles
Seven-Grain Buttermilk Waffles
Homemade Buttermilk Griddle Mix Waffles
Banana Waffles
Pecan Waffles
Spiced Honey-Maple Syrup
Pumpkin--Sour Cream Waffles
Whole Wheat Waffles with Cherry Sauce
Cherry Sauce
Variation: Whole Wheat-Hazelnut Waffles
Oat-Cornmeal Waffles with Dried
Fruit Syrup
Dried Fruit Syrup
Rice Waffles
Wild Rice Buttermilk Waffles
Apple Cider Syrup
Spiced Gingerbread Waffles with Pan-Glazed Apples
Pan-Glazed Apples
Vanilla Belgian Waffles
Brandied Orange Syrup
Breakfast Raspberry Puree
Belgian Waffles with Nuts
Chocolate Belgian Waffles
Popovers and Oven Pancakesp. 225
Mile-High Popovers
Bran Popovers
Cornmeal Popovers
Buckwheat Popovers
Spinach Popovers
Sun-Dried Tomato and Bacon Popovers
Roasted Garlic and Cheddar Popovers
Parmesan-Herb Popovers
Yorkshire Pudding with Wild Rice
Sweer Cinnamon Popovers
Orange-Nut Popovers
Sweet Tangerine Popovers
Graham Popovers
Yorkshire Pudding with Chives
Baked Pancake with Cucumber Salsa
Cucumber Salsa
Mushroom Oven Pancake with Chive Sauce
Chive Sauce
Baked Appled and Pear Oven Pancake
Berry Coulis
Frying Pan Breakfast Clafouti
My Favorite Fresh Apricot Clafouti
Dumplingsp. 244
Buttermilk Drop Dumplings
Fluffy Knaidlach
Gnocchi Verdi
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter
Ricotta-Parsley Dumplings for Soup
Tamale Dumplings for Soup
Silky Potato Dumplings
Scones and Soda Breadsp. 259
Old-Fashioned Lemon Cream Scones
Fresh Strawberry Jam
Fresh Peach Jam
Currant Lemon Cream Scones
Fresh Rosemary Lemon Cream Scones
Cornmeal Lemon Cream Scones
Dark and White Chocolate Lemon Cream Scones
Honey Lemon Scones
Creme Fraiche Scones
Orange-Raisin Scones
Fig-Walnut Scones
Variation: Fresh Cranberry--Walnut Scones
Buttermilk Cherry Scones
Maple Tea Scones with Homemade
Devonshire Cream
Homemade Devonshire Cream
Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter
Maple Butter
Oat Scones with Apple-Pear Butter
Apple-Pear Butter
Oat Bran Scones with Dried Apricots
Apricot-Orange Curd
Variation: Wheat Bran Scones with Dried Cranberries
Graham Scones with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins
Santa Fe Scones
Irish Soda Bread
Oat and Herb Brown Soda Bread
Soda Bread with Caraway and Drambuie
Whole Wheat Yogurt Bread with Dried Cherries
Wild Rice--Whole Wheat Soda Bread with Goat Cheese Butter
Goat Cheese Butter
Biscuits and Shortcakesp. 290
Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
Pecan Biscuits
Wild Rice Biscuits
Jalapeno Biscuits
Blueberry Biscuits
Whole Wheat Biscuits
Old-Fashioned Cream Biscuits
Summer Cream Biscuits
Breakfast Orange Cream Biscuits
Cornmeal-Orange Biscuits
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Banana--Whole Wheat Biscuits
Whole Wheat Dinner Biscuits
Poppy Seed--Cheese Biscuits
Old-Fashioned Shortcake Biscuits with Grand Marnier Strawberries and Creme Chantilly
Grand Marnier Strawberries and Creme Chantilly
Poppy Seed Shortcakes
Orange Shortcakes
Lavender Sugar Shortcakes
Homemade Lavender Sugar
Cinnamon and Caramelized Walnut Shortcakes
Caramelized Walnuts
Amaretti Peach Shortcakes
Chantilly Cream
Chocolate Shortcakes with Stewed Rhubarb
Stewed Rhubarb
Pumpkin Shortcakes with Winter Fruit Compote
Winter Fruit Compote
Tomato-Gorgonzola Shortcakes
Peach Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler
Rum Whipped Cream
Notes from the Kitchenp. 325
Ingredients, Techniques, and Basic Recipesp. 325
Kitchen Equipmentp. 357
Indexp. 367