Best Quick Breads

The Top Ten

Quick breads are one of the first things that beginning cooks make. As long as you measure correctly and your oven is calibrated properly, you will have success. And there's nothing like success to encourage you! These quick and easy recipes are all delicious and different enough so you don't feel like you're making the same thing. Some are made with the standard quick bread method, and others are made more like the classic cakes. Follow the directions and enjoy the delicious results!

  • 01 of 10

    Spiced Pumpkin Bread With Walnuts

    Spiced Pumpkin Bread With Walnuts

    Diana Rattray 

    This delicious spiced pumpkin bread has the best flavor and texture. And the walnuts provide a wonderful contrast to the tender bread. Yum.

  • 02 of 10

    Banana Bread

    Banana bread


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    Banana bread is the classic quick bread. And this recipe makes a velvety bread with perfect texture and flavor. You could add nuts if you'd like, but I think that would ruin the creamy texture.

  • 03 of 10

    Cranberry Oatmeal Bread

    Cranberry bread


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    This bread is perfect for the holidays, of course, but it's also delicious any time of the year. Did you know that cranberries freeze very well? Buy a couple of bags, keep them in your freezer, and you can whip up this bread this week.

  • 04 of 10

    Onion Scones

    Onion Scones
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    If you love onions, you'll love this onion scones recipe - yes, even for breakfast! We like to heat them up in the toaster oven and add a little butter. They're delicious with hot crisp bacon. The onions become sweet and tender in these little beauties.

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  • 05 of 10

    Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Soda Bread
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    This Irish Soda bread isn't just for St. Patrick's Day. It makes a large loaf that's perfect for a dinner of pasta or meatloaf. Or toast it and spread it with jam for breakfast. Yum.

  • 06 of 10

    Improved Pear Bread

    This recipe originally called for just baking powder, but once I took a look at it, I noticed that the batter was very acidic because of the pears and lemon juice. So I reduced the baking powder, added some soda, and voila! The perfect quick bread - tender and moist with a small crumb and velvety texture. Yum.

  • 07 of 10

    Apple Quick Bread

    Apple Quick Bread

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    This moist and delicious apple quick bread has the best flavor and texture. You can omit the frosting if you'd like, but it does add a nice finishing touch to this beautiful bread.

  • 08 of 10

    Pineapple Walnut Quick Bread

    Pineapple Walnut Quick Bread
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    This fabulous pineapple walnut quick bread is made using the scratch cake method, which makes it meltingly tender. We love the flavor of this easy bread.

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  • 09 of 10

    Blueberry Pecan Quick Bread

    I have a pan of this bread baking in my oven right now! Because I've made it so often I can make it in my sleep, it takes me about 10 minutes to whip up, so it should take you about 15. Yes, it's that easy!

  • 10 of 10

    Strawberry Bread

    This simple recipe comes from my paternal grandmother Clara. It's a beautiful bread, with wonderful flavor and texture. It's kind of like a little bit of springtime on a plate!