- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Up to 2 teaspoons blended spices of your choice (optional) (see note)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- Up to 2 tablespoons citrus zest (optional) (see note)
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease and flour a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, salt and spices of your choice.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and eggs, adding citrus zest if you’re using it. Pour wet ingredients all at once into the dry, and stir with a broad spatula only until mixed. Lightly blend in any nuts, fruit, chocolate or cheese. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with optional garnish.
Bake until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely before slicing.
Try these flavor options, or invent your own: up to 1 cup nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips; up to 1/2 cup grated cheese; 2 tablespoons pesto; garnish with slivered almonds, chopped peanuts, grated cheese or demerara sugar.
Match the spices and citrus zest to what options you plan on including; classics are almond-poppyseed, orange-chocolate chip, chili flakes and cheese, and pecan-dried cranberry.