Banana bread, cinnamon rolls, sourdough bread..why is it that we’re drawn to making all different types of bread during quarantine? Maybe it’s because it makes us feel warm and safe or that it fills our homes with a magical scent. Whatever the reason, bread has been so popular so I wanted to share my favorite recipes with you.
Citrus Poppy Olive-Oil Loaf
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Zest from 2 lemons
Zest from 1 orange
1¼ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup buttermilk (yogurt or coconut milk great alternatives)
¼ cup Vin Santo
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
*Disclaimer: I didn’t add in the wine and I also made a glaze from regular sugar instead of confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350°
Coat a loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with a parchment paper
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Zest orange and lemon and combine with granulated sugar in a large bowl, massage zest with citrus to release essential oils.
Add eggs and whisk to blend.
Whisk in oil, milk, and Madeira.
Whisk in dry ingredients until batter is smooth.
Scrape into prepared pan; smooth top.
Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 50 minutes.
Whisk confectioners sugar and citrus juices until smooth.
Add orange zest
Let cake cool on a wire rack.
Once cake is slightly cooled drizzle glaze over cake.
Cherry Blossom Beer Bread
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 beer (I used Hoegaarden Cherry Blossom to give it a sweeter flavor)
1⁄2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients and beer.
Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Pour melted butter over mixture.
Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
Dominque Ansel’s Banana Bread
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 overripe bananas, mashed
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and combine with the mashed bananas.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
Stir in the melted butter until fully incorporated.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes (I checked mine at around 50 minutes and it was done).