Difference between Quick Breads and Yeast Breads
By Theydiffer - June 14, 2015

Quick breads and yeast breads can have a seemingly similar appearance. However, the methods for creating them as well as the ingredients used are very different.


Yeast bread

A yeast bread is a bread that uses yeast as the leavening agent. Typically sugar or honey are used as a catalyst to activate the yeast so that the bread will rise. The bread is left to rise for up to one hour, usually until it doubles in size. It may then be “punched” down and allowed to rise again before baking. Yeast breads include most loaf breads, some pizza crust recipes, and most donut recipes.

Comparison chart

Quick breadsYeast breads
Baking soda or baking powderYeast
Salt for catalystSugar or honey for catalyst
Does not rise before bakingRises at least once before baking

Quick Breads vs Yeast Breads

What is the difference between quick breads and yeast breads? Let’s compare them by leavening agent, catalyst and baking method.

  • Quick breads use baking soda or baking powder as a leavening agent while yeast breads use active or dry yeast.
  • The catalyst for yeast breads is usually some type of sugar or honey. The catalyst for quick breads is salt. Salt may also be an ingredient in yeast breads.
  • Yeast breads use yeast, sugar and warm water to start, then other ingredients are added. Quick breads are made by mixing wet ingredients, then the flour and leavening agent, then combining the wet and dry ingredients. Yeast breads are left to rise at least once before baking while quick breads do not rise before baking.