A quick bread is different from yeasted breads in that chemical leaveners like baking powder and/ or baking soda or cream of tartar are used instead of yeast. So there is no long process of proofing or rising involved here and hence the name “quick” bread.
Quick breads can be made using the muffin method (mixing the dry and wet ingredients lightly), the creaming method (creaming the sugar and fat as for cakes) and the biscuit method (cutting chilled fat into flour as for pie crusts). It is important not to work the dough or batter too much, no matter what method is followed to make quick breads.
Muffins, cornbread, panckes, waffles, scones (or biscuits), certain fruit breads including the banana bread and soda bread are all quick breads.
Looking for a quick bread to bake for BBD, I decided I wanted to make something “hatke”. In Hindi, the word “hatke” means “away from the trodden path” or “different”. Not Irish soda bread (not this month), not fruit muffins (I just made some strawberry muffins and zucchini bread, and I don’t like banana in bread), no scones or biscuits (want to keep the fats down) or waffles (I should post one of mine) but something “hatke”!
If you were somewhat familiar with the Bollywood (the world of Indian popular cinema) actor lingo of sometime back, “hatke” used to be a favourite expression of many an upcoming actor. Whenever they were asked about their character/ part in a particular movie, many actors would say it was “hatke” meaning different from the usual run of the mill movies everyone else was doing. What this “hatke” would invariably translate as was that they were doing the same old stuff Bollywood was churning out in huge numbers, but that their costume or make-up was different!!
And I must say, my “hatke” story here is somewhat Bollywood style!!! My quick bread didn’t turn out all that different either. If you look carefully at the recipe, you will find that it really is a mega muffin posing as a bread.
I found the recipe at Eating Well and I tweaked it slightly to make it eggless and added some raisins. If you are careful to ensure that the batter is not over-mixed, this recipe produces a reasonably light and soft bread. And no one would believe it has oats in it because you just can’t see it in the bread.