Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
A quintessential muffin recipe combines the nutty flavor of poppy seeds with a generous hit of fresh lemon zest. Maxime Iattoni

Quick breads get their name from the fact that they are leavened without yeast and require no rising time. They take well to both sweet and savory iterations, and are equally at home in muffin tins as loaf pans. From sweetly-sour meyer lemon cake to dense and tangy brown bread, from nutty crumb toppings to spicy jalapeño and cheese fillings, we love these 13 quick and enticing recipes.


Strawberry Loaf Bread

As a kid, I wasn’t really into cooking or baking, preferring instead to be outside playing soccer. The one thing that I did enjoy helping my mom make, however, was her strawberry bread: packed with fresh strawberries, I loved to eat it hot out of the oven slathered in butter. It’s so fast and easy, I make it all the time now, with whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have lying around. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread »

Mango Bread with Walnuts

The tropical flavors of mango and coconut enliven classic fall spices and chopped walnuts, lending complex flavor to an otherwise simple recipe.

Piquant Corn Bread

This cornbread gets a spicy kick from jalapeños, cheddar, and cilantro.

Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

Classic banana-nut muffins get a tangy boost from buttermilk and a hearty dose of oatmeal for a nutritionally-packed lunchbox (or breakfast) treat.

Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel

These muffins are hearty, nutty, and zesty—the perfect combination. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel »

The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake

Lemon extract, juice, and zest permeate a rich and moist loaf to create what really is is the best damn lemon cake we’ve ever had.

Carolina Cornbread

In some parts of the South, cooks prefer corn bread that’s slightly sweet, to counterbalance the salty, smoky flavors of vegetables stewed with pork.

Elvis Presley’s Pound Cake

The King was a big fan of rich sweets, and classic buttery pound cake—flavored simply with vanilla—was no exception.

Crumb Coffee Cake

Dense, sweet, and slightly nutty, there’s no better pair for a cup of coffee than a slice of crumb cake eaten out of hand. See the recipe for Crumb Coffee Cake »

Brown Bread

Brown bread gets its signature shape from a coffee can mold and its acidic tang from buttermilk and molasses. Get the recipe for Brown Bread »

Cranberry Farro Quick Bread

Farro adds substance and nuttiness to moist honey-and-brown-sugar-sweetened quick bread. See the recipe for Cranberry Farro Quick Bread »

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A quintessential muffin recipe combines the nutty flavor of poppy seeds with a generous hit of fresh lemon zest.

Mom’s Banana Bread

Bananas and pecans come together in an exceptionally moist quick-bread from food editor Ben Mim’s mom—it’s irresistible at any time of day. Get the recipe for Mom’s Banana Bread »