Savory and scrumptious Herb Quick Bread is easy to prepare – no yeast or electric mixer required! Just two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a couple of whisks and a spoon along with pantry staples is all you’ll need.

Herb Quick Bread is another family favorite straight out of my mom’s recipe box. Not only is it quick and easy to prepare and amazingly delicious, it’s healthier, too! Most of the white flour is replaced with whole wheat flour and cornmeal. And, no refined sugar or butter. Yay!

What is “quick bread”?

Quick bread is actually a culinary term for bread that is quicker to prepare because it calls for baking powder and/or baking soda instead of yeast as it’s leavening agent. Why does that make it faster? Well, because without yeast there’s no need to let the dough rest and rise, and no need to spend time kneading either.

What’s in this Herb Quick Bread

Mom’s Herb Quick Bread is full of flavor and flecked with dark green bits from the addition of dried dill, oregano, basil and thyme. Fennel adds a subtle licorice flavor and buttermilk a slight tanginess. (If you don’t have buttermilk, I’ve included a substitute in the recipe.) The addition of cornmeal in place of some of the flour adds a bit of sweetness, reducing the need for added sugar. Just 2 tablespoons of honey! Sesame seeds on the top add a bit of texture, too.

 

This quick bread doesn’t rise as much as you might expect, and that’s okay! It’s still lighter in texture, and sometimes can even be a bit crumbly.

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Herb Quick Bread

Savory and scrumptious Herb Quick Bread is easy to prepare – no yeast or electric mixer required! Just two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a couple of whisks and a spoon along with pantry staples is all you’ll need. And it’s healthier, too. Most of the white flour is replaced with whole wheat flour and cornmeal. And, no refined sugar or butter.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk – see substitution in Note below
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup organic vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dill, oregano, basil, thyme and fennel. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, honey and oil. Stir into the flour mixture just until blended.
  4. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Buttermilk substitution: Stir together 1 3/4 cups regular milk and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes at room temperature. I don’t recommend using powdered buttermilk in this recipe – the bread tends to come out very dry if you do.

High altitude: No adjustments necessary.

Make ahead: Bread can be made up to 2 days ahead, wrapped in foil and kept at room temperature

  • Author: (From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: breads, side dishes, quick and easy, pantry recipes

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.


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