16 Sweet Holiday Breads

Trying to get a handle on the holiday season? With these easy quick bread recipes, you'll be more than ready for guests, not to mention last-minute gifts.

Banana Nut Bread

"This is the best banana nut bread I've ever eaten. It's moist and has great banana flavor."


Christmas Stollen

"Every Christmas my mom and I bake this special sweet bread. It's our family tradition. It is great for breakfast or as a gift!"


Cranberry Swirl Loaf

"This recipe makes a moist, sweet bread swirled with wonderfully tart cranberries. It also looks great when it's sliced!"

-pattikay in L.A.

Favorite Lemon Loaf

"The sweet-tart glaze perfectly complements the wonderful flavor of the loaf. This one's going in the tried-and-true pile."

-Croft Girl

Best Banana Bread

"I have tried many banana breads and this is one of the best. I add walnuts to mine. It's a winner, for sure!"

-Rita Freesemann

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bread

"I was looking for a way to use my leftover pumpkin puree and this did not disappoint. It's is very moist and not too sweet."

-Chef #1149307

Spiced Apple Loaf

"This deliciously moist cake is full of flavor. It's best when eaten the day after it is baked."

-Janet #6

Holiday Rum Eggnog Bread

"It's like an eggnog pound cake! I made this all last holiday season. Doubling the nutmeg enhances an already terrific recipe."

-Grammy Bunny

Spiced Anjou Pear Bread

"This is probably the best quick bread I've ever had! The combination of the pears with all of the different spices and the molasses works very well."


Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

"The loaf was tender and moist on the inside, with a nice crust. It's simple and tasty!"


Almond Cranberry Bread

"This was really delightful — and perfect for the season! The tartness of the cranberries was nicely offset by the almond extract."


Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Loaf

"This is wonderful served warm for dessert and topped with custard or cream. Delicious!"

-French Tart

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

"I needed to use up some buttermilk, and this was a quick and delicious way to do so! It's dense but tender."


Pecan Maple Loaf

"I used a combo of walnuts and pecans, and it was amazing. The loaf would be incomplete without the icing in my opinion!"


Sour Cream Apple Cardamom Bread

"The cardamom flavor is there, but it's not overpowering. I made four mini loaves, but this would look great baked in a special Bundt pan."


Cinnamon Raisin Bread

"This recipe is so good that my kids eat almost an entire loaf in one sitting."