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Today: Whether you're an expert or beginner, this is the easiest -- and arguably the most delicious -- thing you'll ever bake.
If you’re a baker, you love to make quick breads. If you’re scared of baking, chances are you still love to make quick breads. And no matter who you are, you love eating them.
Quick bread is the name given to a weird cakey-muffin hybrid that’s baked in a loaf pan. Personally, the name has always delighted me -- because of its accuracy and the fact that it’s always okay to eat bread for breakfast, even though sometimes it contains chocolate. The bottom line is that a few good quick bread recipes are the perfect thing to have in your back pocket: They make good morning treats, can serve as an excellent afternoon snack, and are a perfectly respectable (if not humble) dessert when warmed up and topped with a scoop of ice cream. The name is there for a reason -- these breads are quick and easy, and near impossible to mess up. Here’s what you need to know to make a perfect quickbread:
More: Quickbreads are perfect for gifting. Here are the best -- and prettiest -- ways to wrap them up.
Makes one 9 x 5-inch loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch of cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
1/2 cup Nutella
Photos by Erin McDowell