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Kumquat Basil Walnut Quick Bread

Kumquat Basil Walnut Tea Bread

This is another great find in my quest for kumquat recipes … I had already tried a yeasted bread, but then also I wanted to try a quickbread. This one turned out so yummy it’s almost gone already. My friend came over last night because she wants help with setting up a food blog and she brought along her little boy who is just a toddler. We were looking for a little snack to feed him and this bread was right there. I cut him a slice, which he scarfed down immediately. As we were distracted on the computer, he went over and grabbed my glass loaf pan off the counter and came walking towards us saying “Toast!” … it was so cute! (aside from the fact that I totally panicked that he would drop the pan and it would shatter and hurt the little guy) … so yes, he got another slice. And so did his mom.

I think I am going to have to make another loaf of this “toast” … I just love the pretty orange specks of color in it, the tang of the citrus, and the crunch of the toasted walnuts.

Kumquat Basil Walnut Quick Bread

Kumquat Basil Walnut Quick Bread

Adapted from Kumquat Growers.

I wanted to add some spices to the basic recipe and was having a hard time deciding which spices I wanted … I opted for fresh basil just for something different, and I like the subtle hint of basil, but I am thinking next time I will try switching out the basil for some ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of cardamom, some vanilla and maybe some cloves.

  • 2/3 cup 1 % or skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup pureed kumquats
  • A small handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped fine (or pureed with the kumquats)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • About 1 Tablespoon raw sugar for the top

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, eggs and oil.
  2. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  3. Fold in the pureed kumquats, basil and nuts.
  4. Pour the batter into a  8″ x 4″ x 2″ loaf pan and sprinkle the top with raw sugar.
  5. Bake in a greased in 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean. (I had to cook it for about 15 – 20 minutes longer than that.)
  6. Cool and remove from pan.

Kumquat Basil Walnut Quickbread

This recipe was shared at Crazy Sweet TuesdayCast Party Wednesday, and These Chicks Cooked.

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3 responses

  1. Hi Ann,
    This bread sounds very delicious , I am putting this on my must try recepies.
    Hugs and luvs

    January 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  2. I would have never thought to put those combinations together. Sounds wonderful and fresh.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  3. this looks amazing and fun way to use kumquats I need to get some

    December 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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