WE HAD a lot of family get-togethers when I was growing up.
My grandmother, aunts and mom were all good cooks, and each had her own specialty when it came to bread. But Mom's was my favorite - she started making it 40 years ago. The flavors call to mind the taste of corn bread stuffing!
-Shirley Smith, Yorba Linda, California
In Anchorage, Alaska, Anita Sterrett uses carrot cake mix to stir up these moist muffins chock-full of zucchini, nuts and raisins. "They make great snacks and are wonderful for dessert when spread with cream cheese frosting," she notes.
My sister and I won blue ribbons in 4-H with this bread many years ago. The recipe makes a beautiful, round golden loaf. With a layer of cheese peeking out of every slice, it's definitely worth the effort.
-Melanie Mero, Ida, Michigan
Meet the Cook: When I started making this bread, my husband and our six children liked it so much I was baking every day. I was thrilled when the judges at our county fair gave these braids both a blue ribbon and best of show award!
-Nancy Montgomery, Hartville, Ohio
After a basic white bread is mastered, this recipe is a great next step in the art of bread baking. Here you'll use the Quick Mixing Method, where the dry yeast and the dry ingredients are mixed together before the warm liquid is added. This time-saver will help in the assembly of this more complex recipe.
I've been making this easy bread for years. It goes great with a casserole, soup or stew. I've taken it to many picnics and potluck suppers. Many people have asked for the recipe, and they're always surprised at how simple it is to make!