30 Best Quick Bread Recipes
Quick breads are leavened with baking powder or baking soda, as compared to yeast breads that require long rising times before baking. We compiled a collection of our editors' and readers' best-loved quick bread recipes—from biscuits and scones to muffins and loaves. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we pulled the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
First up: Mixing orange juice in with the powdered sugar creates an easy-to-drizzle glaze that adds a burst of orange flavor to this loaf. Reviewer rmiller2 awarded this recipe 5 stars: "This bread was outstanding. I loved its intense orange flavor with the crunchiness and nuttiness of the pecans. It also had a nice, moist and tender texture."
Reviewer JaneBaines said, "I think these deserve FIVE stars! They're VERY good. They were even better the next day because they are very moist and substantial without being heavy."
Reviewer laura141 said, "I've tried many scone recipes: this is the best; the scones are even good the second day. The dough comes together beautifully: not too dry; not too wet."
This much-loved recipe was the subject of a recipe makeover that earned rave reviews. With a few low-fat baking tricks, our healthy pumpkin bread recipe shaved 33 percent of the calories and more than half the fat from the original recipe.
This banana bread does not have a typical thick quick bread batter. For this recipe, we opted to use an electric mixer versus combining the ingredients by hand.
Semisweet mini chocolate chips complement the currants beautifully.
One of our most basic banana breads, this recipe lives up to its name; it's a classic. Choose very ripe fruit―the browner the better―for the most intense flavor and a soft texture that mashes and blends easily.
The Classic is a favorite of Executive Food Editor Ann Taylor Pittman. "It's pure banana flavor," she says. "You can't go wrong with this one."
Christine4136P gave this savory bread 5 stars: "I really liked this recipe, as did my husband. It smelled wonderful coming out of the oven, and I finally had to have a sample of it before dinner because it smelled so good."
A favorite of Special Publications Editor Mary Creel, RD, she praises this muffin for its versatility. "You can eat them for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert."
"Made these muffins with fresh local blueberries and lemons—YUM!" raved yogimom7. "I think this will be our go-to blueberry muffin recipe from now on!"