Spring is almost around the corner. With all this snow piled up everywhere (courtesy of the latest Snowmaggedon, snOMG, Snowpocalypse or whatever you want to call it), I’m ready for the ground to thaw, the trees to bloom and to start baking breads that are little more, well, cheery.
Take this Valencia Orange Quick Bread
, for instance. Something about citrusy flavors instantly puts me in a good mood, just like springtime. It’s light, refreshing to eat and seems like the perfect thing to have with iced tea on that first warm, sunny day of the year.
This bread is mostly made up of ingredients you have right in your kitchen, making it economical. Plus, it’s a quick bread, making it easy. You could improvise a lot with this bread, adding in pistachios with the orange or changing up the citrus altogether – perhaps with lemons and blueberries. Just be sure to keep your customized add-ins light and refreshing, or you’ll lose the whole character of this bread.
Unlike most quick breads, this one is crumbly and not as dense, though if you add in more sugar you’ll get that cake-like effect, if that’s your thing.
Luckily, this recipe is simple enough to make a mistake or two on before you figure out your favorite custom version, though I doubt you’ll mess anything up – quick breads are generous like that. As long as you remember the basic ingredients (eggs, baking powder, salt, flour, etc.), you can play around with the rest to make your own “cheery” bread.
Spring is still a ways off, but who says you can’t bring a little springtime into your kitchen?Stephanie (aka Girl versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!