Best Quick Breads

Banana bread


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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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Cranberry Bread

    Cranberry Bread

    Kristina Vanni 

    This delicate cranberry bread is an elegant make-ahead recipe guaranteed to impress. Studded with chopped pecans and brightened with lemon zest, it's a delightful addition to afternoon tea or brunch.

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    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.

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    Strawberry Bread

    strawberry bread

     Leah Maroney

    This quick bread is bright and flavorful, ideal when you bring home fresh strawberries from the market. Chopped strawberries and orange juice are added to the batter, and the baked bread is drizzled with a tangy cream cheese frosting.

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    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake

     Elaine Lemm

    This zucchini bread is a chocolate lovers dream. Flavored with cocoa powder and chocolate chips, it's a decadent snack or a light dessert.

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    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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    Jalapeño Cheddar Quick Bread

    Jalapeno and cheddar cheese quick bread sliced.
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking for a savory quick bread, this one made with jalapeños and cheddar is a delicious choice. This quick bread is a combination of cheesiness and spice and is a great accompaniment to chili, Mexican dishes, and even beef stews.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.