Loaves, Muffins and “Finger Pancakes,” – Out-of-the-Door Breakfasts
Marty Martindale

In a morning rush, needing a worthwhile breakfast and on the go?

Keeping a loaf of fruit/nut bread around most of the time serves as a quick breakfast, great to carry for lunch or as an after-school snack. And, it’s plenty okay to serve friends. Keep in be mind no kid is neglected if found running out the door with a nice hunk homemade fruit/nut bread in his hand.

A great baking timesaver is putting all your dry ingredients in a good-sized bowl and arrange all other ingredients, including sugar, around your blender. Then, many hours later, whirl up your blender add it to the bowl of dry, mix well and place in a heated oven.

Don’t think you can successfully make any “loaf” item by taking one recipe and packing in what you have on hand. Simply pick a shape you want, then select some nuts, a dried fruit and maybe a texture. _Now. Take the time to SEARCH for this combination and shape you desire. i.e. “Walnut, Cherry, Bran Bread.” _

When we did this, we found: 

https://www.google.com/search?q=walnut+cherry+bran+bread 

with several recipes. Feel free to choose interesting combinations. You’ll need a recipe, though, to be sure the liquid, eggs and leavening are in line with your “drop-ins.” Online recipes abound!

You can regulate the sweet taste of the loaf by omitting the vanilla and skimping on the sugar.

Below you choose your pan for the form you want. Then the flour/texture you want, plus the vegetable, the fruit and lastly the nuts. Any toppings are determined pretty much by where you plan to eat.

**Form:**
Muffins
Pancakes (silver dollar size, finger food)
Waffles
Loafs

**Textures:**
All Bran cereal
Oatmeal
Buckwheat flour

**Flavoring:**
Chocolate cocoa
Instant coffee
Brown sugar
Spice cake spicing
Malt powder

**Vegetables:**
Zucchini
Pumpkin
Carrot

**Fruits:**
Bananas
Dried cranberries
Dried apricots
Raisins
Dates
Dried cherries
Apple sauce
Dried apples
Prunes
Figs
Dried mangos
Coconut
Citrus zest
Fruit juice
Ginger root
Strawberries

**Nuts:**
Walnuts
Pecans
Peanuts

**Favorite toppings:**
Lemon curd
Apple butter
Cream cheese
Jam
Jelly
Marmalade
Butter
Chocolate bits, etc.

 

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