Anytime is the right time for a comforting slice of homemade bread. These loaves are especially nice since the crust stays so tender. This recipe is my husband Nick's favorite. He makes most of the bread at our house.
-Joanne Shew Chuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan
In shape for the holidays, these confections from Salem, Oregon's Darlene Brenden are made from a recipe her mother handed down. "I still think her breads are better than mine--even when we're using the same recipe!" Darlene admits.
My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister.
—Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota
Whenever Maxine Smith of Owanka, South Dakota serves slices of this favorite treat, someone asks for her recipe. "It's a moist, dark holiday bread chock-full of old-fashioned, spicy goodness," she notes.
These impressive loaves really sparkle on the buffet. You can't just eat one slice of this treat with its rich filling peeking out of sweet yeast bread. Once you drizzled on the glaze and savor that first piece, you'll know the extra work is worth it.
-Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
This are our most popular muffins at our family owned restaurant. Usually we make huge batches but we sized this one down for a home kitchen.—The Curly Maple Restaurant, Judy Noble, Findley Lake, New York
Someone always asks for the recipe when I make this rich bread for the holidays or give as gifts. It's easy to make and quite delicious. The bread is a traditional part of the season at my home here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. —Ruth Bickel, Hickory, North Carolina
Your family will likely gobble up these airy muffins, which won me a blue ribbon at our county fair! Pretty as well as tasty, their hint of spice will brighten breakfast, brunch or lunch for family or company.
— Sonja Blow, Groveland, California