Quick Breads, Scones, Muffins and More

These quick-rising breads require no proofing and are a cinch to prepare — so freshly baked rolls, loaves and more are ready in no time.

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The Quickest of Breads

With "quick" built right into the name, it's no surprise that this genre of baked goods is so easy to make. Baked without yeast, these simple recipes for quick breads, scones, muffins and more rise to any occasion, whether they are savory or sweet.

Banana Bread

Calling for vegetable oil in lieu of butter, this easy banana bread is moist and light. In addition to using four ultraripe mashed bananas, the recipe reels in flavor from vanilla and a touch of cinnamon.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Before folding the dried cranberries into the batter, gently simmer them in orange juice until they become plump and extra juicy. With a little orange zest woven into each bite, these golden brown muffins are tangy, bright and topped with a sprinkling of sugar.

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Popovers

There are three secrets to great popovers: Make sure the pan is hot before you pour in the batter, fill each section not more than half full and don't peek while they're in the oven.

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Coconut Scones with Coconut Glaze

Essentially a single-serving quick bread, scones are lightly sweetened treats that call on baking powder as a leavening agent. Drizzled with a sweet coconut glaze, these simple scones come with a triple dose of coconut from shredded coconut, coconut extract and coconut milk.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter stands in for butter and oil in this quick bread — and also stars as one of the most-irresistible glazes we've ever dreamed up.

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Double Blueberry Muffins

These muffins prove you can never have too many blueberries. A portion of the blueberries is mashed with the back of a fork for a different texture, but the rest are folded into the batter whole for a juicy pop of sweetness. Easily transfer the batter into a muffin tin using an ice cream scoop before sprinkling with cinnamon-sugar.

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Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits

According to Ina Garten, the secret to light, flaky biscuits is using really cold ingredients. That way, when the biscuits enter the hot oven, the butter will melt and steam, causing the biscuits to puff up to perfection. You can start these buttermilk biscuits the night before so that all there's left to do is bake in the morning.

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Momma Callie's Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter

Adding sour cream to the batter brings a rich and creamy tang, while scattering with chopped pecans brings on a satisfying crunch. Slather each warm slice of this easy banana loaf with homemade honey butter.

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Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Taking just 30 minutes to make from start to finish, these mini chocolate chip-flecked muffins get their nutty flavor from a whole cup of crunchy peanut butter in the batter.

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Chocolate-Avocado Banana Bread

Here avocado replaces the butter or oil usually used in banana bread recipes and also makes this treat extra moist. Chocolate pairs well with avocado's savory notes — and it offers extra indulgence too.

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Zucchini Bread

Folding a cup and a half of finely chopped fresh zucchini into cinnamon-spiked batter makes for a fragrant, veggie-laced quick bread that is moist, tender and so easy to make.

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Cheddar Dill Cornbread

With aged extra-sharp cheddar scattered in the batter and sprinkled over the top, Ina Garten's easy cornbread gets a dose of delicate freshness from minced dill. Be sure not to overmix so that the bread leaves the oven light and fluffy.

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Brown-Butter Banana Bread

Taking the extra time to brown the butter for this bread adds ultra-satisfying depth — and the brown-butter glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

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Banana Muffins

Mash ripe bananas for moist, no-frills muffins that gain a deep sweetness from dark brown sugar and cinnamon, plus a gratifying crunchiness from chopped walnuts.

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Choco-Chunky Banana Bread

Swirled chocolate creates a pleasing marbly effect in this bread's batter, and plenty of banana chunks offer extra texture.

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Neely's Quick Bread

A slice of this simple beer-spiked loaf comes with the savory notes of grated smoked Gouda, chopped fresh thyme, ground mustard and a pinch of cayenne baked right in.

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Corn Muffins

The dry ingredients give these salty-sweet, from-scratch corn muffins their flavor, but it's the wet ingredients that make them moist and tender. Ina opts for medium-grind cornmeal to give her muffins just the right texture. 

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Cranberry-Orange Scones

Make the dough a day early, cut out the scones and refrigerate them. In the morning, simply throw them in the oven and drizzle with an orange glaze for a no-stress hot breakfast.

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Go-To Buttermilk Biscuits

Everyone needs a simple go-to biscuit recipe. These biscuits are light, buttery and ready in no time.

 

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Banana Bread

With more than 800 reviews and a 5-star rating, this easy banana bread loaf is one to rely on. The recipe calls for butter instead of oil, since creaming the butter and sugar together makes for an especially airy and rich consistency with a lighter crumb.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

A combo of flours made from brown rice and tapioca stands in for all-purpose flour in this bread — but the bread is so moist you might not even be able to tell that it's gluten-free.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Instead of relying on fat for flavor, Ellie Krieger's better-for-you muffins get their distinctively warm spiciness from molasses, dark brown sugar and a total of four ground spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Lowfat buttermilk, canned pumpkin and just a touch of canola oil instill a moist tenderness in each of these wholesome pumpkin seed-flecked muffins.

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Glaze

Studded with chocolate chips and blanketed with a silky chocolate glaze, this quick and decadent loaf isn't your average banana bread.  

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Carrot Bread with Hazelnuts, Coconut and Cream Cheese Glaze

Instead of baking a laborious carrot cake, opt for an easy carrot loaf bread, complete with a cream cheese glaze. Toasted, chopped hazelnuts and shredded sweet coconut heighten the texture of this moist, tender and spiced bread. 

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Zucchini Bread with Dried Cranberries and Vanilla Bean Glaze

Stirring shredded zucchini and plain yogurt into the spiced batter ensures an extra-moist, tender loaf. Drizzle an easy glaze made with real vanilla bean over the top for a sweet finish.

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Apple-Vanilla Mini Muffins with Cider Glaze

Honey- and cinnamon-infused apple cider is reduced down to a syrupy glaze to top off these fragrant vanilla and apple minis.

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Strawberry-Banana Bread

Bananas and strawberries play nicely together in this sweet and tart quick bread, and a walnut topping offers extra crunch.

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffin

A pecan-and-pepitas-filled streusel gives these muffins satisfyingly sweet crunch. The pumpkin puree, allspice, ground clove and pumpkin seeds add rich fall flavor, but feel free to enjoy year round.

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Cornmeal-Molasses Muffins

A mixture of cornmeal and flour gives these muffins extra dense and hearty texture, and the molasses in the batter ensures a deliciously crispy and caramelized top.

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Cranberry-Citrus Muffin Tops

Every Seinfeld lover knows that the top of a muffin is truly the best part. These tart-sweet tops are actually the size, batter-wise, of an entire muffin, so there's even more of the fluffy, slightly crispy top to enjoy. Make sure to chill the dough first to ensure proper puffing.

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Fruit-Sweetened Banana Bread

Surprise! There's no refined sugar in this bread. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the bananas, raisins and dates.

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Mini Spiced Carrot Muffins

Filled with freshly grated carrots, raisins and sweetened coconut, these mini muffins are the perfect bite-sized pick-me-up for any carrot cake lover. Miniaturizing your muffins will significantly change the baking time. For mini muffins like these, shorten the time by 5 to 7 minutes.

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Quick Cupcakes with Peach Frosting

This frosting is super easy to whip together for last minute cupcakes and other treats. Use your favorite jam or preserves to customize.

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Margaret's Raisin Bread

Trisha Yearwood bakes her easy quick bread inside of repurposed cans — think soup cans — for an easy treat loaded with chewy raisins and crushed bran flakes. Give the bread in the cans for an easy, quirky gift.

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