Easy to make (no yeast required!) and endlessly adaptable, quick breads are an essential part of any baker’s repertoire. Whip up a loaf to serve with coffee, enjoy as an afternoon snack, or give as a gift. With this collection of the best quick bread recipes from the Yankee archives, you’ll find something to suit every taste.
Irish soda bread is arguably one of the most popular quick breads ever. The secret to mastering this free-form loaf is to not overwork the dough. Studded with raisins and caraway seeds, all it needs for an accompaniment is a pat of butter.
The mashed bananas in this old-fashioned banana bread gives it a delicate texture, making it great for entertaining as well as everyday eating. Add chopped nuts, chopped dates, or chocolate chips if you wish.
We don’t call this quick bread a fruitcake, because it’s really more of a spiced sour cream cake with candied fruit. Pour a little brandy over it when it’s still warm for an extra-special holiday treat.
We love a savory quick bread, too. The beer here adds flavor and helps the bread rise, making this one of the easiest loaves you’ll ever prepare: no kneading, no rising time. Cheddar cheese and fresh scallions give a little extra kick.