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Recipe for Gingerbread Loaf

What Makes this Recipe for Gingerbread Loaf So Wonderfully Unique?

There is nothing that makes the winter holidays as special as a freshly baked loaf of gingerbread, and you will find that few foods go down as nicely on a cold day. However, what makes gingerbread such a unique food? After all, there are a number of other breads and cakes that utilize similar spices to gingerbread. However, what makes it stand out from the rest?

The secret to the uniqueness of this recipe for gingerbread loaf is the ginger itself. The tang of the ginger makes for a perfect contrast to the rich taste of the bread. Spiced loaves of bread are always popular, but none have quite the unique flavor that combining ginger and bread do. You may find that the rich tang of the bread makes your mouth water just at the smell.

One of the Best Recipes for Gingerbread Loaf

Another secret to the success of the gingerbread is the molasses that many recipes call for. Molasses has a rich, sugary sweet taste to it that simply cannot be found in any other substance. The deep earthy flavor of molasses mixed with the tangy ginger makes for a perfect loaf. When the final touches of allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of cinnamon are added to the recipe, it creates a nearly irresistible loaf of bread that makes your belly rumble even just smelling it coming out of the oven. Continue reading

Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

What Makes an Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe so Wonderfully Unique?

If you have had a delicious slice of banana bread lately one of the things that likely stood out was the moist texture rather than a dry, chewy one. All of us want to create moist banana bread recipes and yet that is not always the result achieved. Is there a secret? What makes an easy moist banana bread recipe so wonderfully unique?

What Goes into a Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Moist banana bread recipes usually include ingredients such as buttermilk, cream, yogurt, sour cream, or even specialty items like dry instant pudding or peanut or coconut oil. Those are ingredients that help retain the heavy moisture in the bread while it is baking. Substituting fat-free milk for half-and-half is acceptable in some recipes, but not in a recipe for a moist loaf of banana bread.

An easy moist banana nut bread recipe is even more demanding about liquid. Measure the liquids carefully and do not substitute. Mix the nuts in as soon as the dry portion of the batter is moistened, put the batter in the pan or pans and place them in the oven. Most recipes for quick breads are easy and those for banana bread are the same. Continue reading

Spiced Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini bread is a healthy alternative to cake and the following recipe shows you how to make the best recipe for zucchini bread. It might surprise you to learn that a crockpot is the cooking method of choice for zucchini bread and that is because the bread stays so moist and delicious when you cook it slowly. You will need a coffee can or something similar to put the batter inside and, whichever container you choose, it has to fit inside the crockpot.

It is important to use a smaller container inside the crockpot, else the batter will stick to the inside of the slow cooker and scorch on the bottom. When you bake something in the oven, the heat circulates all around it and the result is even but, in a crockpot, the heat rises up from the bottom so you need to put the batter in another container in order to get it cooked evenly. You can use any kind of coffee can, glass or Pyrex dish or another kind of cleaned metal container.

The following recipe features vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon to give the zucchini bread an aromatic flavor and it also features chopped nuts and you can use walnuts or pecans or even a mixture of the two. The sugar adds a nice sweetness to the zucchini bread and the other ingredients give it a good texture. Continue reading

Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe Canned Pumpkin

This delicious recipe produces the most wonderful pumpkin bread you have ever tasted. If warm, moist, flavorful pumpkin bread is your idea of heaven, you are really going to enjoy this. Use canned pumpkin to make things easier or use fresh pumpkin and prepare it yourself. To be honest, the results are practically the same whichever you use so you might as well use canned pumpkin puree. You can use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. Again, the results will be very similar.

You will need to cook the pumpkin bread inside a container in the crockpot, rather than just in the crockpot itself. This is so the heat can circulate around it and so it does not stick to the crockpot. If you just pour the batter directly into the crockpot, it will scorch on the bottom and cook too fast underneath, so it is important to use a coffee can or similar can or dish which fits inside your crockpot. That might mean doubling or halving the recipe, depending on the size of your crockpot and the size of the containers you have available to use.

This recipe contains cinnamon and nutmeg, which are spices that go beautifully with pumpkin. These spices feature in many pumpkin soup recipes. The chopped nuts can be pecans or walnuts and these add a contrasting texture to the otherwise light and fluffy bread and they also add some crunch. This is a very simple recipe because you just need to combine the ingredients in the right order and cook it. The pumpkin bread is ready after about three hours, when it is set and when a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Continue reading

Very Moist Banana Bread

If the weather is hot and you do not want to use the oven or if you are using the oven for something else, why not make your next batch of banana bread in the slow cooker instead? Slow cooked banana bread comes out extra moist because the moisture does not escape from a crockpot the way it can escape from the oven. The following recipe combines bananas with vanilla extract for an aromatic flavor, toasted pecans for nutty goodness, and other ingredients to get the banana bread recipe to the perfect consistency and give it a wonderful flavor.

You will need to use a crockpot with a removable insert for this recipe, else you will need a metal container with a two pound capacity (or a bigger one if you are doubling the recipe and using a huge crockpot).

You can eat banana bread recipes as they are or you can slice the loaf and butter the slices for a wonderful and indulgent treat. Banana bread is quite healthy because of the potassium from the bananas, as well as the protein from the nuts, and it is a nice alternative to cake. Why not try the following crockpot banana bread recipe? It is easy to make and the resulting cake-like bread will be moist and delicious. Continue reading

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