Sweet Bread is a delightfully simple quick bread recipe made with staple ingredients in 5 minutes hands on time. I developed this delightfully light, moist and subtly sweet recipe to pair with coffee and juices, but it’s versatile to add your favorite mix-ins and glazes. It’s amazing for breakfast, brunch, snacks and dessert and my favorite neighbor, holiday or hostess gift!

My Sweet Bread recipe quickly became a favorite through the years with over 160,000 shares and 4.82 rating! Once you make it, you’ll know why my original recipe has been so popular since I first shared it in 2015.

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In addition to making it often, I have developed and shared over 35 variations of this delicious no yeast bread through the years! It’s always a hit with our girls, friends and family!

It is easy to mix and bake last minute, because I always have everything I need right in our pantry and fridge: sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and vegetable oil! By the time I’m out of the shower, it’s ready to pull out of the oven and serve warm. Each bite is delightfully moist with a tender crumb and delicious served straight out of the loaf pan. Sometimes I love to slather a little sweet butter or strawberry butter for good measure .

This recipe yields 6 pretty little loaves or 2 large loaves. I typically make miniature loaves because they keep incredibly well. We enjoy 1 or 2, share or freeze extra loaves to enjoy later. I have included instructions for both miniature and 1 pound loaves for your convenience!

Sweet Bread Ingredients

  • Sugar – White granulated sugar makes this bread delightfully sweet. Optional: sprinkle sugar over the loaf just before baking for a shimmery finish.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is the foundation of this bread. 
  • Baking Powder – Leavens quick bread, without the fuss! It ensures a nice even rise.
  • Salt – A hint of salt brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Eggs – The binding agent.
  • Milk – Milk creates a nice soft loaf. In addition, milk adds flavor to quick breads and gives it a beautiful brown color due to caramelization of milk and sugars!
  • Vegetable Oil – Vegetable oil makes the bread incredibly moist, with a light and delicate crumb. You can substitute with canola oil or melted butter in a pinch.

Tips from My Test Kitchen

Spoon flour into measuring cup for accuracy. This will help keep your bread light and fluffy. When you scoop, it packs flour into the measuring cup, resulting in more flour in your batter.

Do not overmix. Combine until just incorporated for the best rise.

Bake time can vary based on altitude, size, shape, color and material of your baking vessel. Use the toothpick test to ensure accurate bake time. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. When it comes out clean, it is done.

Gifting note: Miniature ceramic loaf pans are offered seasonally at Michael’s, often for $1 or online all year. They are more durable than paper loaf pans and make a beautiful gift.

Baking Alternatives

Through the years, readers have asked nearly 600 questions regarding alternative loaf pan sizes and baking vessel options. for your convenience, I have included alternatives.

  • Large Loaves – Bake in 2 – 1 pound loaf pans or cut the recipe in half for just 1 loaf pan and bake 50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Make Muffins – To convert this sweet bread recipe into muffins, grease miniature muffin tins and fill each to 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes or until slightly golden and just set.
  • Make it Ornate – Bake in a well-greased ornate loaf pan to dress it up.

Variations

Add a Glaze

Glaze

5 mins

Add Mix-Ins

Note that adding mix-ins will yield additional batter. Do not overfill loaf pans.

Fruit – Fold in up to 1 cup fresh or dried fruit. Chopped apples, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, blueberries are all delightful. I mix it up depending on the season!

Nuts – Add up to a half cup of chopped walnuts, pecans or candied nuts.

Chocolate – Fold in up to 1 cup of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or chunks into batter just before baking.

Extract – Add up to 1 tablespoon extract. Vanilla, Lemon, Orange and Almond extract are my favorites.

Flavor Substitution

Brown Sugar – Substitute white granulated sugar with lightly pack brown sugar to make my Brown Sugar Bread with rich flavor.

Sweet Bread Variations

A golden brown sweet bread in a white rectangular baking dish placed on a light-colored cloth.
A loaf of freshly baked sweet bread in a white ceramic baking dish, placed on a light blue cloth.
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Sweet Bread

Mix up this delightfully easy Sweet Bread in just 5 minutes with staple ingredients for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert! This highly rated reader favorite recipe is incredibly moist, delicious and versatile.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 slices
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Grease 6 miniature loaf pans and preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
    2 cups white granulated sugar, 4 cups all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add eggs, milk and vegetable oil. Beat on low speed until just combined.
    2 large eggs, 2 cups milk, ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • Fit mixer with paddle attachment or using a spatula, gradually add dry mixture to egg mixture until just moist and incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pans an inch below to compensate for rise. Optional: sprinkle sugar on top to garnish.
  • Bake in the center of preheated oven 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaves comes out clean. For alternative loaf pan sizes, see bake times in notes below. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Julie’s Tips

Substitutions

  • Vegetable Oil – Vegetable oil makes the bread incredibly moist, with a light and delicate crumb. I substitute with canola oil or melted butter when needed.

Baking Alternatives

  • Large Loaves – This batter yields 2 – 1 pound loaves or cut the recipe in half for just 1 loaf. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. These instructions apply to ornate loaf pans as well.  
  • Muffins – Grease miniature muffin tin and fill each tin full. Bake 12 minutes or until slightly golden and just set.

Suggested Toppings 

For a more decadent loaf or dessert, after it cools, I top it off with class Glaze, Cream Cheese Glaze, Orange Glaze, Lemon Glaze or Apple Glaze.

Mix In Suggestions

Adding mix-ins will result in more batter volume. Do not overfill loaf pans to prevent them from overflowing as the bread rises.
Fold in up to 1 cup of fresh or dried fruit. Apples, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, blueberries, blackberries are all favorites. 
Fold in up to ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans or candied nuts.
Fold in up to ½ cup chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or chunks before baking.
Add up to 1 tablespoon extract. Lemon, orange, almond and vanilla extract are my favorites. 

Storage Tips

Store in an airtight container or covered tightly in plastic wrap at room temperature up to 5 days or in refrigerator up to 1 week. To freeze, cover tightly in heavy foil or plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag or airtight container, and freeze up to 3 months for maximum freshness. Bring to room temperature to serve. 
 
 

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Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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549 Comments

      1. 5 stars
        This loaf was one of the best recipes I ever made. It was Soo simple yet tasted amazing. I made a simple glaze and it came out great. I also like how it browned a little on the top.

        1. Hi Nene,
          Thanks so much for your kind words and review!
          Hope you have a wonderful 2023,
          Julie

        1. 4 stars
          This was an easy recipe. I was craving something sweet and found this recipe. I forgot to sprinkle sugar on top before baking. 😞 I liked it, but I think the extra sugar would have made it better but that was my fault.

          I think next time I’ll put chocolate chips in it.

        1. Hello,
          All the ingredients and step by step instructions are listed in the free printable recipe card at the end of the post.
          Have a great weekend,
          Julie

        2. This was so easy and delicious! good with tea and coffee. I will keep this on my regular baking rotation

        3. Hi Thecla,
          I’m so glad you’re enjoying this recipe! Things so much for your kind words and taking the time to leave a review.
          Have a wonderful day,
          Julie

      2. Hello my name is violet and it’s the best and yummy bread ever thank you very much ❤️ God Bless You

        1. Hi Violet, I’m so glad you enjoyed, thank you so much. I hope you continue trying out my recipes!

  1. I have not been able to find the ceramic pans for less than $5.00. They are not available at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Any suggestions?

    What size are your pans – in inches?

    Thanks

    1. They’re usually in holiday at Michael’s on end caps. List price is $1.99 and they’re 50% off. I actually just picked up a few more yesterday. Maybe call?

      1. Thank you for your reply. I double checked Michael’s online and they do list them under holiday, available in stores only. There is not a store close but a drive may be worth the effort.
        Diane

        1. Oh no! Maybe someone who will be in the area can shop for you 😉 I hope you enjoy a beautiful holiday season, Diane!

      1. 5 stars
        So quick to prepare and delicious. I used 2 large loaf pans and served one with strawberries and a bit of whipped cream.

      2. When I was many years younger my grandma made sweet bread for us. We didn’t have much we grew and made almost everything we had. Winter time and the weather clod sweet bread was a treat. I looked for years for a sweet bread recipe and everyone I found used meat. Thanks for the recipe. I was using the batter she used for stack cake it has the same ingredients. An older man at church gave me a copy of his mom’s stack cake. I hope everyone enjoys your recipe.

        1. Hi Sherri,
          Sounds like such wonderful memories!
          I sure hope you enjoy this recipe,
          Julie