The great thing about quick breads also is the most obvious. They’re quick.

Stir together some ingredients, pop it in a pan, throw it in the oven.

Your house will be filled with the fantastic smells of baking and you probably didn’t do more than 15 minutes work.

Chocolate Banana Ginger Quick Bread

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active)

Servings: 16

Ingredients

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

6 very ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup molasses

2 cups bran

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground dry ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

3/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger

Directions

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, oil, bananas, brown sugar, honey, molasses and bran. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Once the banana-bran mixture has sat for 10 minutes, add the flour mixture to it and gently stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in the chopped chocolate and chopped ginger. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.