Some 4,000 years before the wheel was invented, people were already cooking with farro, the ancient—and currently trendy—heirloom wheat you’ve probably seen in soups, salads, and stuffings. But as Leah Koenig makes the case in her 2012 article “One Ingredient, Many Ways: Farro,” the grain also shines in desserts, where it adds moisture and textural intrigue. In this low-effort-high-reward quick bread, farro explores its sweet, autumnal side with the help of brown sugar, honey, and a hefty handful of dried cranberries.
Featured in: "One Ingredient, Many Ways: Farro."
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. fine salt
- ½ cups dried cranberries or dried cherries
- 1¼ cups buttermilk
- ¾ cups cooked farro, cooled to room temperature
- ¼ cups honey
- ¼ cups packed light or dark brown sugar
- 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing
- 2 large eggs