As December gets closer, our coats get heavier, and our ovens start calling to us. This desire to bake through the winter coincides nicely with a number of holidays, with gifts giving us one more excuse to preheat the oven and bring out the usual suspects: flour, sugar, butter, and eggs.
Quick breads and muffins are some of the fastest, easiest baked goods you can whip up, and they make fantastic gifts. Presented in a basket or miniature loaf pans, they're certain to please any friend, coworker, or far-flung relative. And if you're feeling like more of a grinch this season, you can always save them for yourself -- they keep well in the freezer.
So heat up the oven, break out your favorite mixing bowls, and bake one -- or all -- of these 8 recipes for quick breads and muffins. Just be sure to double the recipe; someone will thank you later.