Many home cooks and bakers have been making quick breads for their families for years. You can quickly make these breads such as cornbread as a side dish to a meal. Muffins, scones and biscuits are idea for breakfast. Once you start paying attention to the category of quick breads, you'll find that you already have a list of favorites!
So if yeast is not used to help this type of bread rise, what is? The ingredients that help these breads to rise is baking soda or baking powder.
Baking soda and baking powder are similar but do have a key difference. They are not interchangeable. Baking powder contains an acidic element and only needs water added to start the rising process. Baking soda (also called sodium bicarbonate) requires that an acidic element and water are added to it to assist in the leavening process.
Most quick breads are made with the same process: mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Gently fold the two together and bake for about an hour.