Herb Quick Bread
Gift giving allows individuals to connect with one another. Gift giving is a year-round tradition that provides joy for the giver and the recipient. Spread the joy 365 days a year with a simple, thoughtful and homemade Quick Bread Mix. Give it as a birthday, anniversary, thank you or holiday gift.
Here are some ways to give the mix:
• In a May Day basket
• In Easter baskets as an activity that gets adults and children baking in the kitchen together
• As a random act of kindness to your neighbor, friend, co-worker or family
• As a way for people to connect with one another by sharing their baked good with others
Create your own recipe or use the following recipes for an easy, thoughtful and homemade gift idea. Place all dry ingredients in a jar and unleash your creative side when decorating the jar. Be sure to include a “use by” date on the recipe you include with the jar.
For best quality, the mix should be used within about six months of when you assembled it, so write the use by date on the recipe for six months in the future.
To use the mix, simply place the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl and combine with additional ingredients indicated on the recipe, then bake in an oven-safe bread loaf pan or muffin tins. These mixes should not be baked in the glass jar.
2 c. all-purpose white flour
1 c. whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3 tsp. caraway seeds
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. dried thyme
1 jar Herb Quick Bread mix
1 c. fat-free milk
1/3 c. canola oil
Layer ingredients in a clean quart-sized jar. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate and attach a copy of the recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the white and whole-wheat flour, baking powder, caraway seeds, salt, ground nutmeg and dried thyme. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk and oil. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Place mixture in a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.