With holidays just around the corner, there’s no better time to make quick breads than fall. The comforting, nutty and lightly spiced flavors of the season lend themselves perfectly to soft loaves — delicious but not too sweet. And since these breads rely on leaveners like baking soda and baking powder instead of yeast, you don’t have to wait for dough to rise.
My mother has never hosted an overnight guest without baking her banana nut bread first, and now, I don’t either. Eaten for breakfast or as a snack, quick breads epitomize the classic home-baked fare we love.
Try these autumn quick bread recipes below — each has earned a 5-star rating from our customers!
|Sour Cream-Maple BreadSour cream balances sweet, rich maple syrup, while contributing a moist texture to the baked bread.|
|Pumpkin Bread with DatesMade with pumpkin puree, chopped dates and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, this bread is perfect for cool fall days.
|Almond-Poppy Seed BreadAlmond paste creates a nice alternative to chopped nuts in this bread, which accompanies hot teas and coffee well.
|Fig-Date BreadNow is the time to enjoy dried fruits, which have a sweet richness all their own. Try this bread with a layer of cream cheese.
|Spiced Apple Coffee CakeFor a sweeter twist on breakfast breads, bake a coffee cake. This one is drizzled with a simple glaze, making a lovely presentation for a special occasion.
About the author: Olivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.