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Recipes for Quick Breads

Updated on January 19, 2013
Banana Bread with Walnuts
Banana Bread with Walnuts | Source

Classic Quick Breads

Quick breads are versatile, delicious and easy to do for any level of baker.

These breads make a wonderful breakfast served warm with a little butter on top or as-is for a great snack on the go.

Quick breads make great gifts for neighbors, party host and hostess, co-workers, teachers, bus drivers and friends. This old fashioned comfort food will be a welcomed surprise for anyone who receives one.

The following recipes include instructions for baking whole loaf breads but they can easily be converted into muffins or mini loafs.

The three most common quick breads that will remind you of grandma’s cooking are:

  • Banana Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Zucchini Bread.

Banana Bread Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana, 3 or 4 bananas
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup walnut pieces, optional

Banana bread ingredients
Banana bread ingredients | Source

Banana Bread Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined
  3. Lightly grease 5x9 loaf pan with canola oil and dust with white sugar
  4. Pour mixture into loaf pan
  5. Bake for 1 hour

Cool on wire rack in pan for 30 minutes

Separate the sides of the bread from the pan with a knife gently and invert bread to remove it from the pan.

Allow bread to cool completely on wire rack before wrapping tightly to preserve freshness

Banana Bread
Banana Bread | Source

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs

*walnuts or dried cranberries make a great addition to this bread

Pumpkin bread ingredients
Pumpkin bread ingredients | Source

Pumpkin Bread Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined
  3. Lightly grease 5x9 loaf pan with canola oil and dust with white sugar
  4. Pour mixture into loaf pan
  5. Bake for 1 hour

Cool on wire rack in pan for 30 minutes

Separate the sides of the bread from the pan with a knife gently and invert bread to remove it from the pan.

Allow bread to cool completely on wire rack before wrapping tightly to preserve freshness

Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bread | Source

Zucchini Bread Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded fresh zucchini, 2 medium sized zucchini’s
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Zucchini bread ingredients
Zucchini bread ingredients | Source

Zucchini Bread Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined
  3. Lightly grease 5x9 loaf pan with canola oil and dust with white sugar
  4. Pour mixture into loaf pan
  5. Bake for 70 – 80 minutes in the center of the oven

Cool on wire rack in pan for 30 minutes

Separate the sides of the bread from the pan with a knife gently and invert bread to remove it from the pan.

Allow bread to cool completely on wire rack before wrapping tightly to preserve freshness

Even the pickiest eater will enjoy zucchini when it’s transformed into this amazing bread!

Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread | Source

Oven Temperature Conversion

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      Im in looooove with this Hub :) I am craving a snack and I can almost smell these breads baking just from reading your Hub and seeing your images. Im sharing this - more people need to read it so my chances of getting some pumpkin bread are increased!!

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      I must confess that the pumpkin is my favorite too ;)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love banana bread and pumpkin bread but neither bananas or pumpkin pie. I love the ease of the recipes so a bookmark and vote up.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Mmmm - we are definitely getting into Bread Season, with cooler weather coming on! I've made pumpkin bread and banana bread, but I haven't yet tried zucchini bread. Gonna have to go for that one soon! All the recipes here sound so good.

      Voted up and up!

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      alliemacb 4 years ago from Scotland

      Great hub. I will be trying the banana bread recipe soon - one of my favourites, but I've never made my own.

      Voted up

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      We all love quick breads...especially pumpkin! Thanks for the yummy, easy recipes!...UP and a house full of wonderful smells!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Quick breads are the best. They are easy and delicious and make great things to stick in the freezer because we never know if someone is going to come for a visit. Love the pumpkin.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum. I can't believe you need 5 eggs for zucchini bread! Wow. I wanted to make flavored breads more often. I guess I'd better start stocking up on eggs. :)

      By the way, that banana bread looked wonderful. I'm going to have to try that recipe tonight. I guarantee I'll be back to write down the other recipes in the future! Thanks! Voted up!

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      So cool! Let me know which one you like best. :)

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      Wonderful

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