A Definition of Quickbreads and a Banana Bread Recipe

What is Quick bread’?
A quick bread is an American term used to describe a type of bread (or baked good) which is leavened with raising agents other than yeast e.g. baking powder and/or baking soda. They are dense but very moist baked goods made mostly by using the all-in-one method.

Examples of quick breads:
Some cakes e.g. Traditional Carrot cake or Zucchini cake, Brownies, Fruit breads like Banana bread, Corn bread, Muffins and Pancakes.

 Quick breads probably originated from the United States of America at the end of the eighteenth century. Before that, baked goods were leavened with either yeast or by mixing dough with eggs. During the American Civil War, demand for food rose and bread was therefore rapidly made and leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. That was how the name came to be – “quick breads”

My story:
I fell in love with the art of baking in my freshman year of high school. I took a “Creative Cooking” class with a wonderful and quirky teacher called Ms. Minadeo, I have been baking ever since.

The Recipe:
My feature recipe for today is my absolute favorite – Banana Bread, there are many variations of the banana bread, I will share my own version.

Banana Bread Recipe


1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Margarine

2 Ripe Bananas

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 1/2  cups All-purpose Wheat Flour

2 1/2  teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 cup     Milk

1 pce Egg

(Optional) 1/8 cup peanuts – chopped


-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.

-Grease and flour a regular loaf pan and set aside.

-In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.

-Cream the sugar and margarine in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.

-Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined; then add the egg and mix. Fold in dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears. If adding nuts, fold them into the batter with a wooden spoon or spatula

-Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for at least 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan and set aside to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes. Remove banana bread from pan, invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.

I can’t make just one, three will do 🙂

Enjoy your quick bread ^_^

Published by Amari

Baking with Amari offers learning experiences in form of short baking and cake decorating classes. We have a baking workshop at Discounts Arcade, Shop no. 51 on Ngong road (Adams Arcade area next to The Green House), in Nairobi that offers baking & cake decoration learning experiences for those who want to learn what bakers and cake decorators do in a practical/hands on Bakery kitchen. We have both online and practical/physical classes. We also offer baking business start-up training and group mentorship as well via our Baking for Profit Program. We also sell locally tested baking recipe books (soft copy & printed books).

12 thoughts on “A Definition of Quickbreads and a Banana Bread Recipe

  1. I personally can boast having tasted “Mo's Bakery” original delights more than once and you my dear, have a talent.
    I wish you all the best in your endeavour to create what could possibly be the next big bread and cake house in Kenya. Your treats have that home-made “Just-like-mom-used-to-make-them” quality that is just not there in the stuff you find in stores nowadays.Can't wait till you have a full-fledged bakery so you can show them how its done. You definitely have a lifetime customer in me. By the way can I place an order here or is there another way?


  2. Personally, I love when she bakes Lemon drizzle, can't get enough of that stuff. All you out there, Momo's going to be baking under the name Amari Quick Breads. Look out for us, and we look forward to seeing you so you can taste more of this awesome bread treats >_<


  3. Hi, we don't sell nozzles but you can check at Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street, they may not sell Wilton nozzles but they have good quality ones. HOwever, they sometimes have wilton products you can always ask them about it. Hope that helps, thanks.


  4. How much do you sell one bread and how do you deliberate on the price? Am aspiring to start baking and banana bread in particular.


  5. Hello, our Banana bread is 150/-. To get your costs, quantify the costs of ingredients and packaging required to make the loaf, then also quantify your daily or monthly expenses and include them and then add the percentage of profit that you would like to gain and add it. Expenses would be i.e. (labor, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses)


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