February 2012 Daring Bakers' Challenge: Quick Breads

Seems like this month has just flown by... I know, I say that every single time I post a challenge, but its true. It is amazing how quickly so much time can pass while it feels as though I haven't had a chance to blink! This month's challenge was really easy and something I've made a lot of. So I decided to try out some flavours and recipes I haven't experimented with much - first - Whole Wheat Soda bread with Oats & Rosemary and second - Coconut Banana Muffins. They both turned out deliciously.

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

First, I'll share the savory recipe with you -  its delicious. Prepare yourself so you don't end up eating two loaves of this stuff all by yourself. Find someone to give it away to, or put it in the freezer, whatever you have to do! Because if you leave it on the counter, you will eat it!!

Whole Wheat Soda Bread with Rosemary &Oats
Recipe minimally adapted from No More Secrets by Adrienne Johnston

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Stir together the flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder and 2 tbsp of the rosemary. Add the oats and stir well. Mix together the buttermilk and the egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until it forms a dough.
  3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly until a sticky, but manageable dough is formed. Divide into two and form into flattish rounds about six inches in diameter. Place the loaves on parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with oats, remaining tsp fresh rosemary, kosher salt, and a bit of flour. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until lightly browned. They should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

See what I have to resort to in order to get photos? Leaving threatening letters to my family: "Eat & Die!! No Touch!! Needs to be Photographed" LOL!! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do right?!

Next up, these delectable muffins... coconut, banana and lime! It doesn't get any better than that for breakfast. Get ready to feel like you're somewhere tropical, because these babies will make you feel like you're on the beach!

Coconut Banana Muffins
Recipe adapted from Anna Olson's Back to Baking

  • 2 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cuppacked dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • finely grated zest of one lime
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk - refrigerate the can, scrape off the thick white portion and use the clear liquid from the bottom of the can for this recipe.
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Stir the bananas and sugar together, then stir in the egg, lime zest, and vanilla. Stir in the coconut milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until combined. Mix in the coconut and spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the muffins spring back when gently pressed. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely. The muffins will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

Yep, these recipes are pretty delicious. You should try them out when you get a chance!

Thanks Lis for hosting a back to the basics challenge. Sometimes simple is a refreshing change from complex and time consuming. I really enjoyed the break this month, but hopefully back with a more "daring" challenge for March!! :)

This blog has been linked up with Mouthwatering Mondays over at the Sweet Spot. Head on over there to check out what other delicious treats bloggers have baked up this week.
Happy Baking my Friends!


  1. I must try the coconut banana muffins they sound wonderful! Great job!

    1. Thank you! they are worth making - you'll love them. :D

  2. Well, I am glad your family heeds to your 'No Touch' threats. Mine doesn't even mind the wildest of my threats! They look at me with bambi eyes and then that will be the end of the discussion.

    Super cute muffins btw!

    1. LOL i am feeling the need to delete your comment so my family doesn't catch wind of that kind of behaviour!!! LOL!! Bambi eyes would be the end of me. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  3. Amazing pictures Erin!! I am holding Scott to those photography lessons!! (I will pay in beer!)

    1. Thanks!! He will definitely be game to teach some lessons, especially if there is beer involved.