10 Flavorful Quick Breads

Tea breads, cornbread, muffins and more

There's no yeast needed for these breads, they are leavened with baking powder or baking soda, so require no lengthy rising. But not only are they easy, every bite delivers great flavor and a tender, moist texture.

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    Here's a good way to use the abundant zucchini supply that gardeners and farm stands always have at the end of the season. Because zucchini adds moisture to quick breads and muffins, they remain fresh up to 1 week. This bread is delicious for breakfast and makes a great healthy snack for kids.

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    Date-Nut Bread

    Spicy and moist, date-nut bread makes a delicious and somewhat unconventional accompaniment to hearty soups or is great just for munching. Resist the urge to cut into this bread while it is still hot; the texture improves as it cools, making it easier to slice. To toast the nuts, heat a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped nuts and toast, shaking the pan frequently, until the nuts are fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.

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    One of the best thing about this quick bread is that it's even better the next day. Try it topped with a spread of cream cheese or fig jam.

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    This great buttermilk jalapeno cornbread recipe has just the right balance between heat and sweet. Also, this cornbread has no baking powder, which gives many cornbread recipes an aftertaste.

    If you don't like jalapenos, feel free to leave them out and this moist, easy cornbread recipe will still come out wonderfully.

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    Irish soda bread
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    You don't have to be Irish to enjoy this soda bread. It's quick and easy to make, requires just a few ingredients, and is great with dinner or toasted with a slather of butter and jam for breakfast. To really enjoy this quick bread that's crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, serve it warm.

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    Banana Walnut Bread

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    Banana Walnut Bread Recipe. Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    Next time those bananas are looking a little past their prime, remember this great nutty banana walnut bread recipe.

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    Chopped fresh apple, walnuts and raisins gives these muffins great taste and texture, and the buttermilk makes them especially tender. For a real treat, enjoy them when they are fresh from the oven.

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    Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins
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    Nothing beats a basket of warm, fresh-baked Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins sitting out on your kitchen counter. There’s something about homemade muffins that just doesn’t compare to the purchased variety.

    Soaking the oats in the milk before using them makes these muffins especially moist and tender, so don't omit that step.

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    Whether it's breakfast or tea time, these tender, moist scones, flecked with tart dried cherries, are perfect for any occasion. They come together in less than 30 minutes and are best served warm right from the oven. If you can't find oat flour, use additional all-purpose flour instead.

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    Pineapple Brown Butter Cornbread Muffins. Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    This pineapple brown butter cornbread muffins recipe would turn any bowl of soup or chili into a very special meal. By steeping the sweet dried pineapple in the nutty brown butter, the muffins take on a deeper, more complex sweetness.