Random Quick Bread Combinations

by in Food Network Magazine, April 26th, 2011

banana bread
When I was developing the Mix-and-Match Quick Bread story for Food Network Magazine’s May issue, I was taking a statistics class in graduate school, so math was on the brain. The whole concept of our mix-and-match stories is to give the reader (you) the ability to come up with an endless number of combinations using our suggested ingredients. With that in mind, I decided that I needed to make the whole development process as random as possible, to ensure that any combination would work. I typed up little slips of paper, each with the name of a potential ingredient. Then, I had my fellow test kitchen members (Andrea, Bob and Claudia) blindly pick out ingredients.


Here are some of the random combinations we got:

Pear-Pistachio-Raisin

Carrot-Almond-Apricot-Oat

Banana-Pecan-Cherry

Zucchini-Hazelnut-Date-Chocolate Chip

paper slips
Believe it or not, “chance” did a pretty good job of picking quick-bread combos. You can decide what your favorites are or you can leave it to chance. Try one of the combinations pictured in the May issue, or use the random method to pick your own.

Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Glaze

Carrot Bread With Hazelnuts, Coconut and Cream Cheese Glaze

Zucchini Bread With Dried Cranberries and Vanilla Bean Glaze

By Leah Brickley, Recipe Tester

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