The Best Quick Breads by Beth Hensperger
150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More

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Take the 100 best recipes from the author’s classic (but out-of-print) The Art of Quick Breads, stir in 50 scrumptiously brand-new creations, and you have enough terrific quick breads to last a lifetime. Whether its Honey Lemon Cream Scones, a Brand-Glazed Zucchini Bread, or a Fresh Apricot Gingerbread, this is a deliciously soul-satisfying collection of treats.   With The Best Quick Breads, a busy schedule no longer stands in the way of fresh baked goods. Most of the recipes can be prepared in a hurry—in less time than it takes to run to the corner bakery. This new collection of recipes from Beth Hensperger, 100 of them from her much-loved The Art of Quick Breads (now out of print) plus 50 brand-new creations, has favorite fare for breakfast on the run, lazy Sunday morning repasts, and elegant holiday brunches. A delightful array of savory recipes brings quick breads into all the meals of the day. Beyond the 150 breads, there are recipes for flavored syrups, sweet and savory sauces, and fresh jams and curds to add extra elegance when the occasion calls for it.   Easy and quick, piping hot and delicious!

Recipes include:
Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread
Fresh Apple Coffee Cake
Banana Waffles
Buttermilk Cherry Scones
Oat Scones
Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Black Olive and Goat Cheese Muffins
Skillet Cornbread with Walnuts
Mushroom Oven Pancake with Chive Sauce
Classic Crêpes
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter
Chocolate Gingerbread with Bittersweet Glaze


About Beth Hensperger

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Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San José Mercury News food column for twelve years, "Baking with the Seasons." She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at and blog at
Published October 11, 2000 by Harvard Common Press. 402 pages
Genres: Self Help, Cooking. Non-fiction

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In her no-fuss, straightforward style, Hensperger (The Bread Bible, etc.) expertly lays out the basics for making quick breads in this exhaustive, offbeat book.

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