Quick breads have a very special place in my carb-loving heart! Delicious and simple to make, quick bread recipes are a perfect place to start if you are new to baking. Keep reading for an overview of quick breads, how to make them, and one of my all-time favorite recipes!
There’s a very good chance you’ll find me whipping up a quick bread recipe at least once a week.
What can I say? It is the perfect sweet treat for me and my family! Plus, it only takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to mix it up before
So, if you are new to the world of baking, I encourage you to start with a quick bread recipe.
These are really hard to mess up! It will be the perfect confidence booster to get you on your way to making all kinds of breads, desserts, and other tasty treats!
Before you start heating your ovens, first things first, what exactly is a quick bread?
What is quick bread?
Quick breads are breads made using baking powder or baking soda to help the bread rise, instead of yeast.
This type of bread recipe is the simplest to make for two reasons:
- The baking powder and/or baking soda causes your bread to rise into a nice loaf in the oven. There is no need to wait for your dough to rise like you do with yeast bread.
- You don’t have to knead quick bread dough. (This is the process of folding your dough over and over again.)
Here are some examples of quick bread:
Many quick breads are actually made with vegetables and fruit (more on why later).
You’ve probably tasted or at least heard of banana bread, zucchini bread, and pumpkin bread.
And, of course, cornbread, the down home side
Another quick bread favorite is referred to as soda bread. Think of this as a plain Jane version of quick bread.
If you have not had the pleasure of tasting any of these quick breads, you probably have enjoyed a muffin or two in your lifetime.
Yes, muffins are also considered quick breads!
As you can tell, quick breads are normally sweeter than their yeast bread counterparts. Although there are some more savory versions, quick breads are typically not used as sandwich bread or for morning toast.
Now that we have an understanding of what quick bread is, let’s get to baking!
How to make quick breads.
For quick breads, you normally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix it up, add it to a bread pan, and bake. It’s that easy!
You can usually whip them up in about 15 minutes. It will take about an hour or more to bake in a bread pan.
Before you start mixing your ingredients, there are a few tools that will make this process much easier!
What you need to bake quick breads
Here’s some good news: You really don’t need a whole lot of tools to whip up a quick bread!
There are just a few staple kitchen items that will help you make your delicious bread (or other baked good for that matter!).
1. Stainless Steel Bowl
One of the most useful things I have ever thrifted is a set of four stainless steel bowls.
The biggest one is about 20 inches across. It’s massive. It’s what I make all of my bread in. In fact, I use these bowls multiple times a week. They are so useful, so functional. I absolutely love everything about them.
Now, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on new bowls. Remember, I thrifted these! It doesn’t take a fancy bowl to make great bread.
(Now, that is a quote to remember. Someone write that down!)
You can also grab one at Walmart for less than $10.
2. Measuring Cups and Spoons
In addition to bowls, the other thing that’s probably going to be the most useful tools are measuring cups and measuring spoons.
I say this even though I am not super precise about my measurements. (I probably should be … oops!). I tend to eyeball things, especially if I’m making something that I’ve made a lot, and I know what it’s supposed to look and feel like.
But, if you are just getting started or are still new to baking, definitely pick up a set of measuring cups and spoons.
3. A Bread Pan (or muffin tin!)
Of course, you’ll also need something to bake your quick bread batter in.
Bread pans are most commonly used for quick breads. Since the batter is thinner than a yeast bread’s dough, it does need to bake in something with sides to hold its structure.
You can also easily make quick breads into muffins! Simply pour your batter into muffin tins instead. This is a great option if you are running short on time because your batter will bake much faster!
4. Spoons and/or Spatulas
You may recall that I mentioned I tend to use my hands to mix dough in my previous baking blog. (It’s seriously so therapeutic!)
For quick breads, I do tend to use a spoon, since the batter is much thinner. It never hurts to have one hand anyway!
Common quick bread ingredients
In addition to your tools, you’ll also need to make sure you have the right ingredients on hand. Quick breads normally consist of some variation of the following ingredients:
- Baking powder and/or baking soda
Many of the most common quick breads also incorporate various types of vegetables and fruit. Some of my favorites to make have banana and zucchini in them.
(Keep scrolling for my recipes!)
How baking powder or baking soda help your bread rise.
As I mentioned above, quick breads rely on baking soda or baking powder or some combination of both to rise.
When you use these kitchen staples to make your bread, there is no rising or kneading required – taking a lot of the extra work and time out of your task.
Both baking soda and powder create a chemical reaction when mixed into a batter and baked. It’s this reaction that causes air bubbles to form, making your bread rise! These magical ingredients also help with the bread’s texture and browning.
Baking soda vs. baking powder
Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate. Since it is basic on the ph scale, it has to be combined with some type of acidic ingredient before it will make your bread rise.
For example, in my Cinnamon Banana Bread recipe, I use baking soda with buttermilk – a perfect acidic ingredient to get the chemical reaction going!
Now, baking powder, on the other hand, is simply baking soda that has been combined with an acidic component. Pretty cool, huh?
Both are great to use, but keep in mind that baking soda is “about four times more effective than baking powder.”
What’s the deal with adding veggies and fruit to bread?
Not all quick breads incorporate some kind of fruit or vegetable – although, all my favorites do!
Various quick bread recipes may call for anything from zucchini to applesauce to bananas to pumpkins. The list goes on and on!
(P.S. If you have old bananas that are starting to turn brown, it’s the perfect time to make banana bread! Older bananas are much sweeter and easier to work with. So, next time you have old bananas, don’t throw ‘em out! Whip up some banana bread, like my favorite recipe here!)
Adding in fruits and vegetables of course adds flavor, but it also helps make your bread perfectly moist. Plus, it gives your bread that quick bread texture we all know and love.
It may sound counterintuitive, but trust me, adding vegetables and fruit can take your bread from blah to amazing!
What can go wrong when making quick breads?
Quick breads are usually pretty hard to mess up.
I’ve experimented with different proportions of different ingredients, and they almost always turn out edible to some degree.
So, if you’re looking for something just simple yet chef’s kiss good, start with a quick bread.
It will be a great confidence booster to get you on your way to baking more!
My favorite quick bread recipes!
Need a quick bread recipe to start?
I have two!
One of my all-time favorites is a spin on the classic banana bread – Cinnamon and Vanilla Banana Bread.
Made with buttermilk, bananas, and cinnamon sugar, this bread takes cinnamon sugar toast to an entirely new level.
My latest quick bread addition is my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. It is so delectable and cozy. It is a go-to dessert in our household.
Both of these recipes are great for beginners and delicious to boot!
I hope you are feeling inspired to heat up your oven and start baking!