How do you make quick breads?

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Quick breads are made without yeast and can be savory or sweet. They use chemical leavening such as baking soda or baking powder.

banana bread and muffins

The most common types are biscuits, sweet breads (such as banana bread), muffins, corn bread, popovers, scones, soda breads and pancakes.



Click on the links below to locate recipes for your favorite types of quick breads.

Banana BreadBanana Bread Recipes

Bananas make great additions to breads like the Peanut Butter and Banana Bread featured below.


BiscuitsBiscuit Recipes

Biscuits are small baked products that originated in Britain. In the United States, the term refers to a small form of bread made with baking powder or soda rather than yeast.

Corn Bread RecipesCorn Bread Recipes

The most popular recipes for corn bread involve baking or frying the bread. These include: skillet-baked, hoecakes, johnnycakes, and hushpuppies.

MuffinsMuffins Recipes

There is nothing like the aroma of a fresh-baked muffin — except maybe the taste — as you bite into the delicious morsel. Some of the classic recipes include blueberry, apple cinnamon, bran, and banana.

PancakesPancake Recipes
Pancakes are one of the oldest form of quick breads. In the United States, pancakes are also referred to as hotcakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks and are traditionally served for breakfast with butter and syrup. In many other countries, they are enjoyed in different ways.

SconesScones Recipes

A variety of scone recipes to serve for breakfast or brunch or any occasion. Enjoy them with your favorite tea or coffee.


Soda BreadSoda Bread Recipes

Soda bread is a type of bread in which baking soda has been substituted for yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

Sweet BreadsSweet Bread Recipes

Sweet breads are commonly referred to as a quick type of bread although quick breads can be either sweet or savory in flavor.


Tips for using baking soda and baking powder:

  • Batters made with baking soda should be baked soon after mixing for best results because the leavening starts to work as soon as the wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  • Batters made with baking power can be allowed to rest for 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before going in the oven to improve the texture and flavor of the bread.
  • An open can of baking powder should be used within 4 months. To test for freshness, place 1 teaspoon of baking powder in a small amount of hot water. If it is fresh, it will fizzle rapidly.

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Banana Walnut Loaf
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Chocolate Raisin Bread
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Pumpkin Mini Loaves
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Praisin Bread for Thanksgiving
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Savanna Sunset Bread
Teff is often used to make injera, a flatbread, but this quick bread recipe includes Teff flour in a gently sweetened traditional soda bread. This recipe …

Savanna Sunrise Bread
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Blueberry Islands Loaf
This colorful blueberry loaf offers an example of the flexibility of a good quick bread batter. By altering the flavors of the Cinnamon Islands Apple …

Nutty Banana Graben
This new variation of banana bread has enticing aroma while baking! And it’s a good solution (finally) for what to do with old bananas other than using …

Cinnamon Islands Apple Loaf
This flavorful quick bread recipe was first intended to be “cinnamon islands” (shortcake) surrounded by a sea of apple pieces, walnuts, brown sugar and …

Easy Banana Bread Recipe
This recipe is a favorite in my household. We make this almost weekly.


1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 bananas, …

Wikipedia online. 12 June 2008
Hensperger, Beth and Williams-Sonoma. Bread. Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2003.

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