Brown Butter and Sausage Quick Bread


With cheese and meat hidden in every bite of this easy bread recipe, this brown butter loaf eats more like a meal than a side. Quick bread recipes like this are perfect to serve at brunch get-togethers and potlucks.

Brown Butter and Sausage Quick Bread
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 loaf


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 sprig fresh sage

  • 8 ounce Italian or fennel sausage

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 eggs, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 3 ounce pecorino cheese, coarsely shredded

  • cup golden raisins, roughly chopped

  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add sage. Cook and stir, allowing the the butter to brown to a nutty color. Remove sage. Cool to room temperature.

  2. Remove sausage from casing, if necessary. In a large skillet heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Lightly sear the sausage, stirring and breaking it into small chunks as it cooks. Cook through (but don't allow it to sear too heavily). Transfer to a plate. Cool to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch cast iron skillet or 9-inch cake pan; set aside. In a medium bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in black pepper.

  4. In a large bowl whisk eggs and lemon peel about 2 minutes, or until frothy. Stir in flour mixture. Add brown butter. Fold in the sausage, pecorino, and raisins.

  5. Pour batter into prepared skillet. Bake about 30 minutes (if using a cast-iron skillet) or about 25 minutes (if using a cake pan), or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack. Top with fresh sage leaves, if desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 106mg 2%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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