Quick Bread Recipes

Quick breads gained popularity in the 1800s thanks to the advent of chemical leavening agents such as baking soda and baking powder. Unlike yeast, which was traditionally used to bake both breads and cakes, these agents don’t need to “rise.” Thus, true to their name, quick breads are ready in a fraction of the time. Despite their speed of production, quick breads didn’t replace traditional bread (as some people thought they might), but they did become their own delicious category of baked good. Quick breads can be savory or sweet and include scones, biscuits, muffins and loaves. F&W’s guide to quick breads runs the gamut of treats, from the best banana and zucchini bread recipes to tips for making the most moist and flavorful loaves. And one thing’s for sure: you’ll have a delicious treat ready to bake in 20 minutes or less.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Pepitas

The only way you’d know there’s a whole zucchini in this rich chocolatey bread is if you made the recipe yourself. Grated on the large holes of a box grater, the tender summer squash melts into the batter as it bakes, delivering a moist and fudgy quick bread. Enjoy a slice or two for an afternoon snack, or top with vanilla or chocolate gelato for a super-fast dessert.

Smashed-Banana Bread

At Dovecote Café in Baltimore, this banana bread is one of many awesome baked goods served on a daily basis. The recipe comes from owner Aisha Pew’s mother, Gilda Bain-Pew, and includes super-ripe bananas and a hit of banana liqueur (but it’s still quite good without the liqueur).    Slideshow: More Banana Bread Recipes 

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This incredibly moist gluten-free banana bread has a great flavor and an unbeatable cinnamon-sugar topper. Allowing the batter to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes so the starches absorb the liquid is the secret to this bread’s light crumb. Slideshow: More Healthy Banana Bread Recipes 

Pumpkin Breads & Muffins

Nothing smells like a fall morning more than pumpkin bread. If you’ve accidentally bought one too many cans of pumpkin puree for your Thanksgiving dessert table, these tender loaves are a great way to use it all up. We have breads with a swirl, gluten-free options, and muffin recipes with fruity or nutty mix-ins and more. Whether you're looking for a delicious fall breakfast or a not-too-sweet dessert, try making a loaf of pumpkin bread or a dozen muffins. Here, our best recipes.

Miso Banana Bread

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The miso in this supremely delicious banana bread adds deeper, robust flavor. The bread is fantastic the day it's made, but it tastes even better the following day. Slideshow:  More Banana Bread Recipes 

Healthy Banana Bread Recipes

For a simple and tasty breakfast or snack, try some of these healthy banana bread recipes.

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5 Pumpkin Breads You Should Definitely Be Making

Nothing says fall like moist pumpkin bread. From pecan-cranberry swirled to coconut-studded, here are five amazing pumpkin breads to make this fall.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

This gluten-free pumpkin bread has a wonderfully crunchy top and deliciously spiced and moist crumb. It's perfect with coffee during the autumn months. Slideshow: More Pumpkin Recipes 

Pumpkin-Carrot Bread with Warm Spices and Ginger

Buckwheat flour gives a sophisticated earthiness to this moist, vitamin A-packed loaf. More Pumpkin Recipes