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Biscuits, Fruit Breads- Yummy Quick Bread

Updated on May 23, 2015

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Easy Quick Breads

There are basically two types of breads, yeast bread and quick bread. You can easily find some type of quick bread recipe for any occasion. Several types are: biscuits, muffins, pancakes, coffee bread, popovers, corn bread, scones, gingerbread, soda bread, waffles, nut bread, fruit bread, zucchini bread or dumplings dropped on top of a stew. Country women often rely on quick breads for everyday meals because they are so fast to make and so adaptable. There are an amazing number of types of biscuits besides the basic buttermilk biscuit that most of us love; there are cheese biscuits (cheddar, blue cheese, cheddar with onion, cheese and bacon.). Some other more unusual types of biscuits are butterscotch, wheat germ, pumpkin, and orange cinnamon.

Cranberry Nut Bread


Easy Recipe for Fruit Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


Heat oven to 350 °.

Grease a 9"X5" loaf pan

  • Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda
  • Add the cranberries and walnuts, and stir to coat with flour.
  • Mix together the egg, oil, orange juice, and orange zest.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and stir until just blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack.

Banana Bread


Banana Bread

This is a recipe that my family has used since I was a small child and it makes two loaves.


  • 1/2 c butter (margarine)
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 cup smashed banana
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts


Heat oven to 350°.

  • Add soda to buttermilk in small container, then stir buttermilk before adding to mixture.
  • Cream butter and sugar till fluffy; add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
  • Add sieved bananas (I typically just smash them up which works fine).
  • Add sifted dry ingredients.
  • Then, add buttermilk and lemon.
  • Add nuts

Bake bread in 2 5"X9" greased loaf pans for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Fruit and Nut Breads

Fruit and Nut breads are great for making open face sandwiches by adding some cream cheese or softened butter on a slice of this moist bread. There are many simple recipes for these breads, and they are well liked by most people. Quick bread can be made very quickly. They are nice to serve for a small crowd, at a tea or just to grab a quick snack for you. Some of the flavors are; banana bread, blueberry bread, zucchini bread, rhubarb bread, cinnamon bread and cranberry nut bread.

Southern Biscuits


Old Southern Biscuit Recipe

An old Southern recipe that is rarely used today has all purpose flour, sugar, salt, milk, water, cold butter and cold lard. They had to blend the cold butter and lard with a pastry blender until the mixture was course. These biscuits were briefly kneaded, rolled out, then cut with a biscuit cutter and baked. A Southern man told me they were so delicious and light they could float off the plate. Obviously your doctor, being concerned with your cholesterol, would frown on this recipe.

Wait Until You See the Banana Pancakes!

Quick Bread vs Yeast Bread

Like yeast breads, quick breads depend on bubbles of carbon dioxide gas for their lightness. Of course, yeast breads rise more slowly. Quick breads start forming the bubbles in the mixing bowl as soon as you combine baking powder or baking soda with liquid (such as sour milk, buttermilk, molasses or whatever liquid is called for in the recipe). When the bubbles expand tiny air pockets develop which make the dough or batter lighter.

There is another difference between yeast bread and quick bread also. When making quick bread you mix the dough or batter as little as possible. The goal is to try to not develop gluten in the flour, while with yeast bread you mix, stir and knead for that very purpose. The minimal stirring with quick breads makes them delightfully tender.

Quiz on Quick Bread Use

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In Summary

The quick breads are great for the busy woman as they usually have a simple recipe, and they are finished in no time. Biscuits will probably always be the most popular quick bread. I know a lot of people buy them ready made in the grocery store also. However, there are many varieties of quick breads of different types and flavors to add a new dimension to your diet.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Nancy, Thank you for the compliment and the comments.

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    nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

    Great hub. I love making biscuits.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    fres40, They all work for a good breakfast. Thank you for your comments.

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    fres40 7 years ago

    i tend to turn to bread for breakfast, i look forward to tryin some of these breads!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Habee, I love breads also. Thanks for your comment.

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    Okay, let me wipe the drool off the screen...

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    GPAGE, That is true about the biscuits. My grandmother's biscuits were wonderful too. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    GPAGE 7 years ago from California

    Pamela! I love the foods you mention here. I still have my grandmothers old recipes and make them sometimes..the only thing I wish I could find is yummy biscuts with less fat in them (they never taste as good)! Thanks for this hub....made me hungry!! ha G

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Miata, Thank you for the compliment and comments.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    healthy hub, awesome again, Maita

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Nellieanna, Those are 2 of my favorites also. Thanks for your comment.

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    Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

    The cranberry nut bread and banana bread grab my attention. ;-P I used to love to make popovers, too. Fun. Thanks for a pleasant stroll down memory lane.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Hello, We weren't allowed to put full recipes in this hub because of contest rules. I will look it up and send it to you. Thanks for your comment.

    Katiem, Thanks very much for your comments.

    Akirchner, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

    Sandy, Sorry you're hungry but you could make some grain bread! Thanks for your comment.

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    Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Now I am hungry.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Yikes - I need breakfast. That just sent my stomach into growling mode! Wonderfully done and thank you for reminding me it's time to eat.

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    I love baking bread. Thanks for the tips on biscuits and fruit bread what we Scots call soda bread the variations are limitless. Thanks and Peace :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    BPOP, Thanks for stopping by and making a comment.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Great article Pamela. Your pictures made me hungry.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Support Med, I like all those things also. Thanks so much for your comment.

    Sky2day, That's great that you are cooking and you may just find out your really enjoy it. Thanks so much for your comments.

    Ehern, I appreciate your comment.

    Key9strokes, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for your comments.

    Money Glitch, Breads are one of my weaknesses also. I appreciate your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for this hub and could you please write the full recipe for the Southern Biscuits? It is sound great.

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    O.k. breads are my weakness, and hot Southern biscuits have to be my favorite's, favorite. :) Thanks goodness I've forgotten how to make them from scratch. LOL! Rating up for you! :)

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    India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

    This makes me want to hop into my kitchen and start making some tasty breads! I learned a couple of cool things that I can't wait to try. As always Pam, nice job!

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    ehern33 7 years ago

    Love bread and any type. I could live off it as I never get tired of it. It is making me hungry just reading about it.

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    skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Pamela99 I voted up and awesome girlfriend. I am not into baking or cooking much but with the help of fellow hubbers I am taking a leap and find it is sort of fun with new goodies to make. I am going to try the biscuits. You got me when I am so hungry. Bookmarked rated up and awesome. Thank you for sharing. Share in the love sis.

    (-; Hugs. DO come and check my new hubs ready to fight and reachng for stars when your not whpping up food. tee hee

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    I love banana nut and zuchinni bread! I love homemade rolls quick or yeast (which by the way I really did not know there was a difference, I thought yeast was yeast. Now I know why my homemade rolls never turned out quite right). My aunt made the best homemade yeast rolls in the world (I regret that I did not get her recipe). Thanks for the tip, maybe the next time I make them they will turn out perfect, I hope)! Voted-up/rated!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    p.m.pen, Thank you for your comments.

    Amber, My brother is on a gluten free diet also. It's not always easy. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Tom, That sounds like a great meal. Thanks for your comment.

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    Amber Allen 7 years ago

    Hi pam

    If only I could eat gluten! This hub made me remember just what I'm missing as gluten free bread just isn't quite the same.


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    P.M. pen 7 years ago

    Oooooh…I am a bread lover through and through. All of these recipes are making my mouth water! My husband prefers the yeast varieties, but give me a biscuit or popover any day and I am in heaven!

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    I had some great quick bread (corn muffins) that my daughter brought to me with a batch of black beans. They were wonderful.

    Thanks for a great hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, Thank you so much for your kind remarks.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    A great article and you have added all the elements for full benefits and understand on making breads. thumbs up my friend, and very useful