Quick Bread from Four & Twenty Blackbirds—and 14 Other Loaves

August 24, 2015

We're the kind of people who have to eat every three hours, and Pure Leaf Iced Tea is here to help with that. 

Today: A quick bread recipe from Four & Twenty Blackbirds—and our next Instameet!

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Quick bread is the catch-all loaf, the one you can make by just rummaging thorugh spice jars and half-empty bags of nuts. You want bread in an hour? Make quick bread. Too many brown bananas? Quick bread.

For a stellar quick bread recipe, we turned to the pie experts (yes, pie), Four & Twenty Blackbirds. This is not an ordinary bread—it's packed with seeds, nuts, and molasses, and it's been a staple in the pie shop since day one. (And we're giddy to be helping break in their new space for our next Instameet in September—watch out for the email, New York City!) Now, since quick breads don't make you wait, neither will we: Here are 14 lovely loaves, plus the recipe for Blackbird's Bread.  

It's bananas—literally. 


Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread by Jennifer Perillo
Banana Bread by Merrill Stubbs
Espresso Banana Bread by fiveandspice
Brown Butter Banana Bread with Peanut Streusel by Phyllis Grant 


So corny (and so great). 


Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread by Genius Recipes
Avocado Cornbread by aargersi
No-Fuss Vegan Cornbread by Gena Hamshaw
Cornbread with Chorizo by boulangere


A fruitful (or vegetal) journey. 


My New Favorite Zucchini Bread by Dabblings
Apple Walnut Tea Cake by Chad Robertson
Yogurt Bread with Molasses by Marian Bull
Zucchini Bread with Dates and Hazelnuts by Renée Kemps 


Totally nuts—in the best way.


My New Roots' Life-Changing Loaf of Bread by Genius Recipes
Vegan Date Nut Bread by Gena Hamshaw

Blackbird's Bread

Recipe from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Makes 2 loaves

3 1/4 
cups plus 1 tablespoon (420 grams) all-purpose flour

 cups plus 2 tablespoons (260 grams) whole wheat flour

teaspoons (22 1/2 grams) baking powder
teaspoon allspice


cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons (180 grams) brown sugar

 cup plus 1 tablespoon (190 grams) oil

cup minus 1 tablespoon (310 grams) molasses

cups milk

tablespoons (65 grams) sesame seeds

cup (65 grams) sunflower seeds

cup (70 grams) walnuts

tablespoons (20 grams) flax seeds

cup (40 grams) poppy seeds

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Alpha Smoot, James Ransom, Mark Weinberg, fiveandspice (espresso banana bread), Phyllis Grant (banana bread with peanut streusel), and Renée Kemps (zucchini bread with dates)

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I fall in love with every sandwich I ever meet.


Shelley M. August 25, 2015
Dont flax seed need to be ground?
Food52 August 25, 2015
In this bread, we don't want the thickening powers of ground flaxseed! They're digestible whole, too.
Puja D. August 25, 2015
Looks beautiful! I’d totally love some coffee with that!
Caroline L. August 24, 2015
this. bread. is. so. good.