a quick bread martha stewart would hate

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So here I am humble blogger and home chef experimenting with a quick bread recipe. Face it, quick bread batter is like basic cookie dough and it depends on what you add to it.

I have been playing with a new recipe. And no, Martha Stewart was not harmed in its creation.

Fall sweet bread – a quick bread in progress

Good for breakfast with apple butter or almond butter.

Makes 1 loaf.

Batter:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar – I prefer light brown

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup of milk with 4 tablespoons buttermilk powder

2 cups flour – either half whole wheat and half white flour or all whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

small dash salt

Teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground mace, cardamom for **sugar mixture

2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground mace, cardamom, ginger for batter

**Cinnamon sugar mixture:
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom

Plain oatmeal for final top sprinkling

Pre-heat oven

Grease and flour one 9×5 loaf pan.

Cream together butter, 1 cup sugar, and egg. Add milk, flour, spices , and baking soda.

Mix well.

Put 1/3 of batter in greased loaf pan.

Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Sprinkle 1/3 of the sugar spice mixture on top of the batter in pan.

Add 1/2 of remaining batter to pan and sprinkle 1/2 the remaining sugar spice mixture. Repeat one last time and give a swirl with a knife. Sprinkle top with a little plain oatmeal.

Bake at 350 degrees in your preheated oven for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.

Cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before removing from pan.

The problem I have with this recipe is working out the kinks in baking time. Adding whole wheat flour or baking completely with whole wheat flour changes how it bakes.

The last time I baked this I used ALL whole wheat flour and it took just shy of 60 minutes to bake. And I let it cool in the warm oven with the oven door open for a few minutes. When you use brown sugar and all whole wheat flour this is a pretty heavy and dense, yet moist brown bread.

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