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Best Quick Breads

The Top Ten

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Quick breads are one of the first things that beginning cooks make. As long as you measure correctly and your oven is calibrated properly, you will have success. And there's nothing like success to encourage you! These quick and easy recipes are all delicious and different enough so you don't feel like you're making the same thing. Some are made with the standard quick bread method, and others are made more like the classic cakes. Follow the directions and enjoy the delicious results!

1. Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Linda Larsen

Banana bread is the classic quick bread. And this recipe makes a velvety bread with perfect texture and flavor. You could add nuts if you'd like, but I think that would ruin the creamy texture.

2. Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Linda Larsen
This bread isn't just for St. Patrick's Day. It makes a large loaf that's perfect for a dinner of pasta or meatloaf. Or toast it and spread it with jam for breakfast. Yum.

3. Improved Pear Bread

Improved Pear Bread
Linda Larsen

This recipe originally called for just baking powder, but once I took a look at it, I noticed that the batter was very acidic because of the pears and lemon juice. So I reduced the baking powder, added some soda, and voila! The perfect quick bread - tender and moist with a small crumb and velvety texture. Yum.

4. Cranberry Oatmeal Bread

Cranberry Oatmeal Nut Bread
Linda Larsen

This bread is perfect for the holidays, of course, but it's also delicious any time of the year. Did you know that cranberries freeze very well? Buy a couple of bags, keep them in your freezer, and you can whip up this bread this week.

5. Apple Quick Bread

Apple Quick Bread
Linda Larsen
This moist and delicious bread has the best flavor and texture. You can omit the frosting if you'd like, but it does add a nice finishing touch to this beautiful bread.

6. Pineapple Walnut Quick Bread

Pineapple Quick Bread
Linda Larsen
This fabulous quick bread is made using the scratch cake method, which makes it meltingly tender. I love the flavor of this easy bread.

7. Onion Scones

Onion Scones
Linda Larsen

If you love onions, you'll love this recipe - yes, even for breakfast! I like to heat them up in the toaster oven and add a little butter. They're delicious with hot crisp bacon. The onions become sweet and tender in these little beauties.

8. Quick Cheese Pepper Bread

I have a pan of this bread baking in my oven right now! Because I've made it so often I can make it in my sleep, it takes me about 8 minutes to whip up, so it should take you about 15. Yes, it's that easy!

9. Apricot Quick Bread

Dried apricots are softened in orange juice to make them tender in this easy brad. Apricot nectar sounds exotic, but you can find it easily in any large supermarket.

10. Strawberry Bread

This simple recipe comes from my paternal grandmother Clara. It's a beautiful bread, with wonderful flavor and texture. It's kind of like a little bit of springtime on a plate!

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