Photo Credit: Casey Barber
Love the idea of baking bread at home, but don’t have the time or patience? Try one of these quick-breads. Trust us, they’re fast -- as in 15 minutes of prep-time, and less than an hour in the oven. Since quick-breads don’t contain yeast, there’s no need to wait around for dough to rise: Baking powder and soda do the work to help the bread puff up as it bakes in the oven. Make your favorite sweet or savory variations in loaf pans; regular or mini muffin pans; or even cake or small Bundt pans.
Raspberries and Cream Quick-Bread
Frozen raspberries folded into the batter give this bread a marbled magenta-and-lavender color when baked. Served as bite-sized muffins with a sweet glaze, they’re perfect for brunch—and watch them disappear in minutes at a bridal and baby shower.
Get the recipe: Raspberries and Cream Quick-Bread
Cinnamon Apple Pie Quick-Bread
Casey BarberDitch the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall in a quick-bread that’s as sweet as apple pie. Choose crisp apples, like Braeburns, Fujis, or Honeycrisps, for this recipe, since they’ll keep their texture better when baked.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Apple Pie Quick-Bread
Nutty Cherry Quick-Bread
Need an impressive but simple side dish to bring to a potluck? This loaf is stunning when sliced: Packed with vibrant green pistachios, dried cherries, and mahogany-toned pecans, it’s almost too pretty to eat.
Get the recipe: Nutty Cherry Quick-Bread
Walnut and Brown Sugar Quick-Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
Casey BarberCoffee breaks and breakfasts are a little more satisfying with a slice of this sweet, nutty quick-bread. Top it with luscious cream cheese frosting or keep it plain for an on-the-go snack.
Get the recipe: Walnut and Brown Sugar Quick-Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
Ginger and Citrus Quick-Bread
Casey BarberGinger’s subtle spiciness pairs with the tropical tastes of grapefruit and lime in this recipe. With its hint of sweetness, this bread makes just as well-suited a companion to fruit salad as it does to a sharp slice of Manchego or parmesan cheese.
Get the recipe: Ginger and Citrus Quick-Bread
Dill and Provolone Quick-Bread
Casey BarberDon’t skimp on the dill here: Its fragrance and color are key to making this quick-bread stand out. Served in mini-muffin form, it can even pinch-hit for the classic French gougeres, or cheese puffs.
Get the recipe: Dill and Provolone Quick-Bread
Italian Pepperoni Quick-Bread
Casey BarberWhen the kids are clamoring for pizza, stir up a batch of this quick-bread in less time than it takes to defrost a batch of dough. Like it spicy? Throw a diced jalapeno pepper into the batter to add color and heat.
Get the recipe: Italian Pepperoni Quick-Bread
Garden Vegetable Quick-Bread
Casey BarberZucchini is an obvious choice for a vegetable-spiked bread, but why not throw a few more veggies into the mix for a more colorful -- and flavorful -- version? Moist and savory, this quick-bread is easily adaptable based on what’s in season.
Get the recipe: Garden Vegetable Quick-Bread
Savory Corn Quick-Bread
Casey BarberSoutherners might want to dismiss this decidedly nontraditional take on cornbread. But once they’ve had a bite, we have a hunch they’ll be instant converts. Bacon lovers: Adding the drippings to the batter intensifies the flavor.
Get the recipe: Savory Corn Quick-Bread
Rosemary and Asiago Quick-Bread
Casey BarberRosemary pairs perfectly with the sharply salty Asiago cheese for a simple but memorable snack. Serve this alongside roast chicken or fish instead of dinner rolls for an updated spin on weeknight comfort food.
Get the recipe: Rosemary and Asiago Quick-Bread