Types of quick breads include baking powder biscuits, buttermilk biscuits, onion squares, scones, flatbreads, muffins, popovers, spoon bread, corn cakes, apple bread, banana bread, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, blinis and fritters. Some people also consider cookies and cakes to be types of quick breads.
Quick breads are breads that aren't leavened with yeast. Because of this, they don't need a long rising time and can be baked or fried in time for breakfast or brunch. Leaveners for these breads include baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, citric acid, potassium bicarbonate, or ammonium bicarbonate. Even beaten eggs or egg whites and air rapidly beaten into the batter or dough can be leaveners.
Like yeast breads, quick breads can have a great variety of ingredients added to them. These include different fruits, such as apples, blackberries and blueberries, and even the zest of citrus fruits, such as lemon, lime and orange. Meat, such as pork cracklings, and seafood, such as shrimp and anchovies, can be added. Blinis, pancakes that originated in Russia and the Slavic countries, are traditionally served with sour cream and caviar or smoked salmon.
The dough and batter of quick breads can also be mixed with different herbs like sage, rosemary, oregano and garlic. Quick breads are also served with maple syrup, honey, jams or jellies.