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10 Comforting Quick Bread Recipes (No Yeast Required!)

Blueberry-lemon cake on a slate board.

Quick breads are the epitome of comfort food, and the best part is you don’t have to fuss with yeast—no rising or kneading required! We’ve chosen 10 of our favorite sweet and savory quick bread recipes to bring you comfort all year long.

Whether you’re baking on a drizzly spring day, in the middle of summer, or when the cool fall air is settling in, it’s always a good time for some delicious, comforting quick bread.

Blueberry Lemon Bread

Four slices of blueberry lemon bread.
Pinch of Yum

Blueberry lemon bread is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh produce this blossoming month has to offer. Lemons are juiciest from winter to early summer, so it’s time to get your zesting and juicing on!

Expert tip: Toss your blueberries in a bit of cornstarch before folding them into the batter to ensure they don’t fall to the bottom of your pan during the baking process.

Get the Recipe: Pinch of Yum

Sweet Cornbread

A slice of warm corn bread with drizzled honey and melted butter on top.
Bless This Mess Please

It doesn’t matter what season it is—the crumbly, soft texture of cornbread will complement almost any dish. If you’re planning a barbecue, it’ll taste fantastic with a slab of baby back ribs. Staying in on a cold day? Time to whip up a pot of chili and some scratch cornbread to go with it.

This rendition has a sweet taste, while retaining all that grainy texture you want in a traditional cornbread. How about that for quick bread?

Get the Recipe: Bless This Mess Please

Cinnamon-Swirl Bread

A loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread with one slice ready to eat.
Recipe Tin Eats

Think of moist bread (kind of like pound cake), but with rushes of cinnamon sugar swirled into each buttery bite. As your cinnamon-swirl bread bubbles and bakes for an hour, your home will be filled with a sweet, subtly spicy aroma the whole family will love.

Make this on your next day off or whip up a loaf whenever you have a few hours to spare. It’s seriously that easy to make!

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Beer Bread

A loaf of beer bread sitting on a cooling rack with a glass of beef and a bread knife next to it.

If you want an easy-to-make bread that will complement dinner rather than serve as a dessert, beer bread might be for you!

What’s fascinating about beer bread is the yeast from the beer interacts with the sugar, which helps leaven the dough. The baking powder helps, too, and also prevents your bread from becoming too dense. It’s still a bit sweet, but not as much as some of the other breads on our list.

Get the Recipe: Food

Zucchini Bread

Four slices of zucchini bread, with a bread knife nearby.
Once Upon a Chef

Filled with freshly grated summer zucchini and studded with walnuts, raisins, or chocolate chips, every bite of this zucchini bread is full of flavor.

Earthy spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, provide all the warm fuzzies you need on a chilly spring morning. Enjoy a slice with some whipped butter on top.

Get the Recipe: Once Upon a Chef

Sweet Soda Bread with Raisins

Two slices of raisin Irish soda bread.

Soda bread has a nice scone or biscuit-like texture most quick breads just don’t have. This version, however, tastes sweet and is studded with raisins to make it extra tasty! Be sure to sift your flour for excellent results.

Get the Recipe: Epicurious

Savory and Rustic Irish Soda Bread

Sliced Irish soda bread with melted butter on one slice.

This rustic, traditional Irish soda bread recipe is, perhaps, the closest you can get to actual sliced bread. Yes, there’s kneading involved, but the author suggests you knead only 10 times, so this one won’t take much longer than any of the others on our list.

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Goat Cheese and Bacon Bread

Three slices of olive and goat cheese bread lying next to the loaf on a blue linen.
Food and Wine

Did that title catch your eye? Ours, too! The salty olives and bacon combined with a crumbled goat cheese shine through flawlessly in this rich bread.

Enjoy a slice with an omelet and a glass of fresh OJ. Or, better yet, spread a little butter on each side, grill it in a pan, and then place a poached egg on top. Delicious!

Get the Recipe: Food and Wine

Cheesy Zucchini Bread

Three slices of cheesy zucchini bread with melted cheddar cheese on top.
The Forked Spoon

Here’s another savory quick bread—no kneading necessary! It’s filled with earthy chives and zucchini and packed with sharp cheddar cheese.

This one’s a bit on the heavy side, so if you’re looking for a light bread, this isn’t it. This savory loaf screams with flavor, though, and it’ll flawlessly accompany a creamy soup, like broccoli cheddar.

Get the Recipe: The Forked Spoon

Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread

Freshly sliced, orange-glazed cranberry bread, sitting on a cooling rack.
Sally’s Baking Addiction

We’ll close on a sweet note. How does a warm slice of zesty, sweet bread with a cinnamon streusel and orange glaze finish sound?

This bread boasts all sorts of sweet, tart, tangy flavors that’ll make your taste buds sing. It’s quick to make and quick to disappear!

Get the Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Whether you’re feeling sweet or savory, you’ll love these convenient, tasty loaves of bread.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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