Easy and delicious quick breads are perfect for adding that special something to an otherwise dull meal. Renowned baker Beatrice Ojakangas presents more than sixty tasty and inventive recipes, including hearty Cheddar Apple Bread, Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake, and Hot Pepper and Bacon Corn Bread. She also serves up quick versions of such classics as aromatic Herbed Irish Soda Bread, German Stollen, Scandinavian Julekage, and the sweetly perfumed Italian Panettone. Quick breads require no kneading or rising, and most can be assembled in ten to fifteen minutes. Ojakangas provides recipes for tea breads, fruit and nut breads, sticks and rolls, coffee cakes, and holiday breads. An added bonus is her selection of recipes for spreads-flavored butters and cream cheeses-to enhance the taste of quick breads. With easy-to-follow directions and helpful hints, this is a cookbook for novice and expert bakers alike. Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of more than twenty cookbooks, including The Great Scandinavian Baking Book (1999), Scandinavian Feasts (2001), The Great Holiday Baking Book (2001), and Great Whole Grain Breads (2002), all available in paperback from the University of Minnesota Press. Her articles have been published in Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Cuisine, and Redbook. She has appeared on television's Baking with Julia Child and Martha Stewart's Living. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.