Sweet Bread is so incredibly easy to make and only takes 5 minutes hands on time. This easy Sweet Bread recipe requires only staple ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and vegetable oil! It’s easy quick bread recipe for breakfast, snack or dessert that also makes a beautiful neighbor, hostess or holiday gift!

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Sweet Bread is a quick and easy no yeast bread recipe. It is made with just staple ingredients – in minutes! It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, snacks and dessert. There are so many variations you can make with this classic recipe including Cinnamon Sweet Bread and Orange Sweet Bread, which are traditional around Christmas.

I often make it when we’re having last minute guests for a playdate or as a quick hostess gift. You can adapt this simple sweet bread recipe with your favorite fruits, but it’s perfection on it’s own as well. I love to slather a little butter on it for good measure.

This time of year, Michael’s offers miniature ceramic loaf pans for just $1. I always stock up on them in white to use throughout the year. They are more durable than paper loaf pans and make a beautiful gift.

This recipe yields 6 pretty little loaves, if you’re willing to share or 2 large loaves!

close up of sweet bread

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.
miniature sweet bread loaf on blue napkin

How to Make Sweet Bread

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  3. Incorporate dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined and pour into greased loaf pans.
  4. Sprinkle sugar on top to make your Sweet Bread glisten and bake! It’s SO easy!

Tips

Baking Alternatives

  • Large Loaves – Don’t want 6 miniature loaves? You can also make this Sweet Bread recipe 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 – If you prefer to make them into muffins, just grease miniature muffin tins and fill each to 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes.
  • Make it Ornate – Alternatively, you can also bake it in an ornate loaf pan with the same minimal effort!

Variations

  • Add a Glaze – This bread is amazing on it’s own, but you can also cover sweet bread with Glaze (or drizzle if you show any restraint).  Cream Cheese Glaze, Orange Glaze Recipe or Lemon Glaze are some of our favorites! Because it makes 6 miniature loaves, you can try them all! Seriously, soooo good! Through the years we’ve made it in a variety of ways. I tend to make it as written in the recipe card below for breakfast, brunch or to serve with dinner and add a little glaze to leftovers for dessert.
  • Add Fruits – Fresh or dried! Apples, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, the options are endless!
  • Add Nuts – Walnuts, pecans or even candied nuts are a delicious addition.
  • Brown Sugar – Make it with brown sugar (see my Brown Sugar Bread recipe) for richer flavor.
  • Add Chocolate Chips
  • Experiment with Extracts – Add an extract like vanilla, lemon or almond

How to Store Bread

  • Room Temperature – Store quick bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Refrigerate – Up to 1 week in an airtight container.
  • Freeze – Wrap them tightly in heavy foil, saran wrap or place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in), and freeze for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve.

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I hope this sweet bread recipe makes your holiday entertaining and gifting a little easier. You can find all of my bread recipes here, including beer bread (which I highly recommend smothering with honey butter). 

5 minute easy sweet bread recipe | perfect hostess gift idea, breakfast for the morning after
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Sweet Bread Recipe

Sweet Bread is so incredibly easy to make and only takes 5 minutes hands on time. This easy Sweet Bread recipe requires only staple ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and vegetable oil! It’s easy quick bread recipe for breakfast, snack or dessert that also makes a beautiful neighbor, hostess or holiday gift!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Grease 6 mini loaf pans and preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add sugar, flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk and oil until just combined.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pans an inch below to compensate for rise. Optional: sprinkle sugar on top.
  • Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Tips

Substitutions

  • 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.

Baking Alternatives

  • Large Loaves – Don’t want 6 miniature loaves? You can also make this Sweet Bread recipe 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 – If you prefer to make them into muffins, just grease miniature muffin tins and fill each to 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes.
  • Make it Ornate – Alternatively, you can also bake it in an ornate loaf pan with the same minimal effort!

Variations

  • Add a Glaze – This bread is amazing on it’s own, but you can also cover sweet bread with Glaze (or drizzle if you show any restraint).  Cream Cheese Glaze, Orange Glaze Recipe or Lemon Glaze are some of our favorites! Because it makes 6 miniature loaves, you can try them all! Seriously, soooo good! Through the years we’ve made it in a variety of ways. I tend to make it as written in the recipe card below for breakfast, brunch or to serve with dinner and add a little glaze to leftovers for dessert.
  • Add Fruits – Fresh or dried! Apples, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, the options are endless!
  • Add Nuts – Walnuts, pecans or even candied nuts are a delicious addition.
  • Brown Sugar – Make it with brown sugar (see my Brown Sugar Bread recipe) for richer flavor.
  • Add Chocolate Chips
  • Experiment with Extracts – Add an extract like vanilla, lemon or almond

To Store

  • Room Temperature – Store quick bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Refrigerate – Up to 1 week in an airtight container.
  • Freeze – Wrap them tightly in heavy foil, saran wrap or place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in), and freeze for up to 3 months. 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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539 Comments

  1. I baked these day before yesterday to go with a Navy Bean soup I made and they were delicious!!! Thanks for sharing

  2. This was so delicious! I used the nonstick spray on the pan and it left a slightly crunchy crust which made it scrumptious. I was lazy and didn’t even sift the flour or accurately measure the sugar or flour and it still turned out amazing. I have a Wolf oven and used a regular sized loaf pan and it required 60 minutes total at 350 degrees. My go-to recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing such a simple recipe that is no non-sense and easy to make frequently!

    1. Honestly, I tend to be lazy as well. You should try mixing in fruits or extracts to mix it up – there are so many delicious ways to enjoy this recipe. I hope you had a beautiful weekend, Jennie!

    1. It won’t effect the rise if that’s what you’re asking, but obviously will be a less sweet, sweet bread. Enjoy!

  3. if i wanted to add fruits or nuts to the batter, how much should i put in? also if i wanted to flavor the bread like orange or lemon, how much liquid can i add to it without the texture being dense?

    1. I would do a half cup of fruit or nuts or 1/4 of each. If you want it flavored like orange bread, I’d substitute orange extract (vs vanilla)

      1. Baking right now…I read this comment and panicked because I thought I missed the vanilla. There is no vanilla in this recipe, right?

        Jen