Bake Homemade Bread in Less Than an Hour! 10 Sweet and Savory Quick-Bread Recipes

Studded with nuts, fruits, or savory ingredients like pepperoni, these luscious quick-breads will vanish almost as fast as you can bake them

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

Raspberries and Cream Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

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

Cinnamon Apple Pie Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Ditch 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

Nutty Cherry Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

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

Walnut and Brown Sugar Quick-Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Casey Barber

Coffee 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

Ginger and Citrus Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Ginger’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

Dill and Provolone Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Don’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

Italian Pepperoni Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

When 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

Garden Vegetable Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Zucchini 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

Savory Corn Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Southerners 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

Rosemary and Asiago Quick-Bread

Casey Barber

Rosemary 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

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