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This Is The Red Velvet Quick Bread Recipe You’ll Want To Make For Valentine’s Day

Yum! It's easy to make, too!

Red velvet cake and special occasions just seem to go hand-in-hand …even when that red velvet is in the shape of an armadillo.

(Do “Steel Magnolias” references still hold up in 2018? I hope so!)

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Being a red velvet connoisseur, I was so thrilled to find this red velvet quick bread recipe on Taste and Tell. I instantly thought how perfect this recipe would be for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. With a cup of ice cold milk or a warm cup of coffee, red velvet quick bread can make even a drab February morning extra special.

The unique part about this quick bread recipe is that instead of having a glaze, it has a cream cheese filling. Not only does the cream cheese filling provide that beautiful red-and-white swirled hue, but it also makes it feel more like a pastry or morning bread and less like a decadent after-dinner dessert.

The complete recipe is on Taste and Tell, but I have made it a few times and I have some suggestions after experimenting quite a bit. First, I tried making this quick bread with McCormick Color From Nature instead of red food coloring. However, I can say with certainty that this was not a success, and the quick bread did not turn out to be a brilliant red or even pink hue but rather reddish-brownish. My daughter thought it was lasagna. Hmm.

Bridget Sharkey

On my next trial, I used the real red food dye, but I also wanted to bump up the flavor a bit. I added in three tablespoons of cocoa powder instead of the suggested single tablespoon of cocoa powder; I also increased the sugar by about half a cup and used dark brown sugar instead of white. Of course, these changes made it a bit more decadent, but for a special occasion breakfast, I think it’s worth the added indulgence as it brings home the red velvet flavor even more.

Now, if I could only find a armadillo-shaped bread pan…

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