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Quick bread — both sweet and savory — is really just that

Savory additions quick breads can include baccheese diced peppers nuts. | Matthew Mead~AP

Savory additions to quick breads can include bacon, cheese, diced peppers and nuts. | Matthew Mead~AP

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Updated: December 3, 2011 8:03AM

The appeal of quick breads isn’t merely the ease. Though you have to love any baked good that is no more complicated than mixing a bunch of things together — and then baking.

But it also is the adaptability and flexibility of these recipes that have earned them such a coveted place in the home kitchen. They can be flavored with nearly any combination of ingredients, from sweet all the way to savory and spicy.

They also can be baked in numerous styles — loaves large or small, as muffins, even simply as muffin tops (if you have the right pan).

To help get you baking this fall, we created two basic quick bread base recipes, one savory and one sweet. Each recipe includes suggested flavorings, easy ways to take a basic bread and make it so much more. And of course, these recipes are so versatile, feel free to play.


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