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Trisha Yearwood shared her secret to holiday baking and hosting, and according to the singer it's all about the quick bread. With a few simple ingredients you can have a sweet breakfast or dessert on hand for all of your guests this season. Or wrap one of these little loaves up and you've got a lovely gift for your coworker, mail person, or any other casual friend who deserves a snack.
When you think of quick breads, the first recipe you conjure is probably banana nut bread, but Trisha says the true beauty of the baked good is its versatility. You can substitute in almost any fruit or nut your heart may desire! For this season, Trisha loves to make a cranberry-pear quick bread. In her words, the pear is for the flavor and the cranberry is for the beauty, and the final product sure does look beautiful.
If you're interested in trying out the recipe, it's possible you may already have the ingredients on hand. You'll need all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, apple pie spice, pears, egg, canola oil, a lemon, vanilla extract, walnuts, and fresh cranberries. To prepare the ingredients, simply grate the pears, toast and chop the walnuts, and zest and juice the lemon.
Trisha carefully combines the dry ingredients together before folding in the wet ingredients (Moira Rose-style). The final additions are the walnuts and the whole cranberries to ensure the berries keep their shape. Once everything is all mixed in and added to a baking or loaf pan, bake for an hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. When in doubt, Trisha suggests adding more time at five minute intervals to be safe.
You can get your hands on recipes like this one and more in Trisha's latest cookbook, Trisha's Kitchen, out now.
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