Quick Breads Overview

Quick breads are bread type products that are leavened with baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast. Quick breads include muffins, biscuits, scones, cornbread, and quick loaf breads like banana bread and zucchini bread. 

What are Quick Breads?

Quick breads are a category in baking referring to bread type products that are made with chemical leavening (baking powder and/or baking soda) instead of yeast.

The name “quick bread” comes from the fact that these items can be baked immediately in contrast to the long rising times that yeast breads need to go through.

Categories of Quick Breads

Quick breads are separated into two main categories: those made with batters and those made with doughs. Quick breads that are made with a batter include muffins, cornbread, and quick loaf breads (like banana bread and zucchini bread). Quick breads that are made with a dough include biscuits and scones.

Quick Bread Mixing Methods

There are two main mixing methods utilized when making quick breads. The Muffin Mixing Method is used when making muffins, quick loaf breads, and things like pancakes and waffles. The Biscuit Mixing Method is used to make biscuits and scones.

Both the muffin mixing method and the biscuit mixing method are designed to reduce gluten development in quick breads. Mixing the batter and dough as little as possible is important so that the quick breads turn out light and tender.

Ingredients in Quick Breads

Quick breads can be made with a variety of ingredients, however most of them contain flour, fat (oil or butter), sugar, eggs, salt, and a chemical leavener (baking soda and/or baking powder). Quick breads made using the muffin mixing method will likely use a liquid fat (like vegetable oil) while quick breads made using the biscuit mixing method will be made with solid fat (like butter or shortening).

Quick Bread Recipes

Muffins

Quick Loaf Breads

Biscuits

Scones

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