Thursday, November 17

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas: Quick Breads, Rolls, & More

There's nothing like homemade bread for the holidays! From easy but impressive quick breads to yeasty little rolls that make great leftover turkey sandwiches, these nine favorite recipes from the Farmgirl Fare archives will have everyone singing your praises throughout Thanksgiving weekend, and your kitchen will smell divine while they're baking. The scones, rolls, muffins, and Italian rosemary raisin bread all freeze beautifully, too. Enjoy!

Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones
I created these Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones with Feta during a 1993 scone craving when there was no butter in the house, and they've become one of my most popular recipes. Made with softened cream cheese in place of the butter, they mix up quickly and always garner rave reviews. I love the leftovers split in half, toasted, and made into little cream cheese and ham or turkey sandwiches.

Eight more recipes below. . .
Cheddar and Dill Beer Bread
Beyond Easy Beer Bread is, year after year, by far my most sought after recipe. Five minutes of work reward you with a heavenly aroma wafting through the house and a warm, crusty loaf in under an hour. You can even use it for sandwiches. There are endless flavor variations possible; shown here is cheddar and dill.

Beyond Easy Whole Wheat Beer Bread
Whole Wheat Beer Bread is a little healthier for you than the regular version, with a nice whole grain flavor and lots of possibilites. Can you say smothered in sausage gravy for breakfast?

Onion Rye Beer Bread
Onion Rye Beer Bread with Caraway Seeds is my current favorite beer bread. It's even good when accidentally made without the rye flour (you can read more about how I discovered that fact in the recipe post).

Carrot Herb Rolls
Adapted from Bread: Artisan  Breads from Baguettes and Bagels to Focaccia and Brioche, a full-color bread book that's perfect for beginning bakers, these fun Carrot Herb Rolls with Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme offer up plenty of vegetable goodness and pretty autumn color.

Oatmeal Rolls 1
My popular Oatmeal Toasting Bread makes wonderful soft rolls (and burger buns!). Be sure to make enough for little leftover turkey sandwiches.

Spicy Pumpkin Pecan Raisin Muffins
These hearty Spicy Pecan Raisin Pumpkin Muffins were a bestseller at my Northern California bakery cafe. Keep a batch around for breakfast or snacks, or make mini muffins and add them to the Thanksgiving bread basket. Walnuts can be used in place of the pecans—or leave out the nuts entirely.

Cranberry Christmas Scones
I named these Cranberry Christmas Scones the year I baked them all afternoon at a kitchen store holiday open house, but they're tasty any time of year. Buttery and crumbly and rich, try them for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea.

Italian Rosemary Raisin Bread
Italian Rosemary Raisin Bread (Pane di ramerino) has been baked daily throughout Tuscany since the early 16th century. Made with milk, olive oil, and eggs, the texture of the crumb is reminiscent of a cinnamon roll. Another recipe from Bread, it makes a beautiful gift and can even be sliced while frozen. I love it as a breakfast treat, toasted and topped with apricot jam and thinly sliced sharp cheddar cheese.

©, the all-purpose, last minute, foodie farm blog where if you're pressed for holiday prep time, we recommend ditching the dusting and baking up some homemade bread instead. It'll be so much more appreciated—not to mention a lot more fun for you.


  1. Even though we've already had Thanksgiving in
    Canada, I've enjoyed the recipe round-up! I'll make great use of many of the recipes in the three parts. Thanks for sharing! The pictures make me want to reach right into the computer screen!

  2. Everything looks so scrumptious! I really love the scones.



  3. You're singing my siren song.

    You're right though, if you have bread baking, the laundry could still be (unfolded) left on the couch and no one would even notice. They'll be standing there with butter and a knife in hand just waiting for the timer to go off. Nothing can beat hot, fresh, homemade bread. Nothing.

    It has become assumed that I will bring the potato rolls (my mother's recipe) for Thanksgiving. (AND they must be rolled into crescents.) OH, so good.

  4. I always chicken out and only make beer bread cause it's so easy.

  5. I fail miserably at breads, but I think I must give this a whirl. At least the scone!

  6. Wow! Those cheesey scallion scone thingys look scrumptious (note to self: don't try to bite the laptop screen again, it's just a picture!). I don't get to cook as often as I'd like and it's usually the same ole boring biscuits and sponges. I've tried baking breads before but they've never turned out quite right. This is going to make me try again. I'll post you an update on how I get on.

    Thanks again!

  7. oh MAN, THESE ALL LOOK DELICIOUS. i'll be trying some soon. i hope.

  8. Cheese and scallions with feta. YES! This is a keeper and I'll use it soon.

    Thanks a zillion for all these recipes,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  9. Yes please to all of them - but especially the scones with feta - yum yum. I might even be able to unearth left over ham from our thanksgiving from the freezer to have with them. Thanks for the awesome recipe round up.

  10. wow they all look fabulous and my tum is rumbling. Thanks for the tips. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley

  11. These things all look so beautiful. I am intrigued by the scones made with cream cheese. Do you have a sweet scone recipe lurking anywhere using cream cheese?
    Also, the donkey ear post made me swoon the other day and as soon as my partner, Lou heard me, he said "it can only be donkeys making you react like that." He was right. Thanks for the great laugh.

  12. yummmmmmmmy!!

    If I cooked as good as you do, I would have to run an extra 20 miles a week!

  13. Hi-
    I've been following you for several weeks now & trying my hand at some of your delicious recipes.
    One mentioned operating a Northern Calif bakery....may I ask in what town?
    I was raised acroos the bay from S.F & I'm pretty familar w/ allot of the area north of there...
    Thank You , I'm looking forward to trying to improve my baking following your daily posts.

  14. Cheese and scallion scones? Yes Please!

  15. Hi Ron,
    Welcome to the farm! So glad you're enjoying my recipes. My little bakery cafe was in Sonoma County. I sold it in 1993 before moving to Missouri in 1994, but it's no longer in business.

    Happy baking!

  16. It will be a bread baking weekend at Mole Manor.


  17. Please move to Manhattan immediately and open a bakery in the building next to the one I live in. Thank you.


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