Pesto Quick Bread #TwelveLoaves

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” ~ James Beard

I love bread.

I love bread so much that if it were a person, I would marry it.

Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but I really do love bread … and that’s why I’m super excited to be participating in a new monthly blog challenge, Twelve Loaves!

Twelve Loaves was established in 2012 by Lora from Cake Duchess. The goal? To inspire people to bake more bread … which is exactly what I did yesterday after The Chef and I returned from our week long vacation in Gulf Shores (more on that later!).

This month’s Twelve Loaves theme is summer herbs. I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer herbs, I immediately think of basil … which then makes me immediately think of pesto.

A delightful combination of basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, pesto is one of my favorite condiments. Instead of using prepared pesto in my Twelve Loaves creation, I decided to use each of the components on their own … and the end of result was just as delightful.

Pesto Quick Bread

Since The Chef and I were still tuckered out after our drive home from Alabama on Saturday, I decided to go the easy route and make a quick bread. (I may also have a penchant for tiny loaves of bread … as evidenced here and here.)

Using a basic buttermilk quick bread recipe from The Kitchn as the base, I tweaked a few things here and there, then added the requisite pesto ingredients … and shortly after the loaves hit the oven, I knew they were going to be good.

Fragrant and tangy, my pesto quick bread has just the right amount of basil, Parmesan, and pine nuts — oh, those delicious nuggets of pine nuts studded throughout the bread — I think they’re my favorite part! I truly couldn’t be happier with how this bread turned out … and I may or may not have eaten an entire loaf myself. Shh, don’t tell anyone!

Pesto Quick Bread

Pesto Quick Bread
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Yield: One large loaf or three small loaves.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Olive oil and salt for drizzling
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly oil one large (9 x 5) loaf pan or three mini (5 x 3) loaf pans (or spray with nonstick cooking spray); set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and olive oil.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, then stir together until just combined. Lightly fold in the pine nuts, cheese, and basil. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes for small loaf pans or 45 to 50 minutes for large loaf pan or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven, then lightly drizzle each loaf with olive oil and sprinkle with a touch of salt.
  7. Let cool in the pan(s) for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.

Looking for the perfect bread to use up your summer herbs? Check out these delicious recipes from the very talented Twelve Loaves bakers!

Want to participate in Twelve Loaves?

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#TwelveLoaves August: Summer Herbs

The month of July was all about bread and summer fun! Now, we have chosen summer herbs for our August theme. Let’s share flatbreads, rolls, buns, grilled breads — whatever sweet or savory version you’d like and whatever you feel reflects summer flavors! Whatever you bake — yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc — have fun, and let’s have a delicious month of bread with SUMMER HERBS! Let’s get baking!

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

  • When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
  • Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of this blog post. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
  • Bake your Twelve Loaves bread this August 2014; it must be posted on your blog by August 31, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our friends. Thank you to Sherron from Simply Gourmet for hosting this month’s event!


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  • Renee Dobbs

    Your secret of eating a whole loaf is safe with me… And I’d probably eat a whole loaf of this too.

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Renee!

  • Sherron @Simply Gourmet

    I love this! I could eat the whole thing too. Thanks for sharing your recipe this month with us.

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Sherron! It was a lot of fun to bake … looking forward to next month already!

  • Liz

    As a huge pesto fan, I love your deconstructed pesto bread! It sounds terrific!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Liz!

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  • Lora CakeDuchess

    Fantastic pesto quick bread…I am craving a slice with butter and a hot cup of tea now for snack. Gorgeous for our August challenge…thanks for joining our group!!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Lora … and that is exactly what I’m having for an afternoon snack!

  • Renee Goerger

    Welcome to the #TwelveLoaves group of bread bakers! I feel exactly the same way you do about bread! I makes my heart beat a little faster. Your pesto bread looks simply incredible and the fact that you added pine nuts (another one of my favorite ingredients) makes me think that we are kindred spirits for sure! :)
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

    • Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Renee! I am so happy to be a part of #TwelveLoaves!

  • Robin

    Mmm, bread, basil, CHEESE. What could be better? Beautiful bread, Kimberly!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Robin!

  • Karen

    Another pesto lover! Those little loaves look so delicious, and I’m sure your house smelled heavenly. Welcome to Twelve Loaves!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Karen … so glad to be participating!

  • kitchenriffs

    We bake virtually all of our own bread these days. Such flavor! I love basil, and have tons in the garden, so we should really do this recipe — it looks super! Thanks.

    • Kimberly

      Thanks! Please let me know if you make it … I would love to know what you think!

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  • Genevieve Yam

    I love all the flavours that are going on in this loaf! Also, your line about marrying bread made me chuckle. I feel that way about a lot of food 😛

    • Kimberly

      I do too, Genevieve! Thanks so much!

  • Beth B

    I would gobble this right up! Great recipe Kimberly!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Beth! I may have done that with a loaf or two!

  • Deseree

    The perfect bread for summer!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Deseree … I think so too!

  • shannon @ a periodic table

    I would marry bread too: it’s my biggest weakness, easily. And this one! I see those pine nuts! Your wee loaves look amazing, and i’m definitely trying this. I’ve got a garden practically overflowing with basil, and i need to do something about it. I’ll make pesto, but i’m reserving some leaves for this. :)

    • Kimberly

      Aww, thanks, Shannon!

      I think prepared pesto would work well in this recipe too … but the loaves will be a lot more green!

  • Rebecca Lopez

    This sounds amazing, thank you for linking up to The Creative Collection Link Party.

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Rebecca!

  • Judith Hannemann

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on The Midnight Baker ( ! I hope to see you there!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Judith!

  • Camilla Mann

    This looks delicious! I LOVE pesto. Thanks for sharing with #twelveloaves. Happy to join the fun this month.

    • Kimberly

      Happy to have you join us! Thanks so much, Camilla!

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