Baking Powder or Baking Soda in Bread

small bowls of baking soda and baking powder. Baking powder or baking soda in bread.

I love making quick breads. They’re so versatile. Have too much zucchini? Pop it in a quick bread. Craving something sweet? Make an almond joy coconut quick bread. Short on time and need some toast? Go for a savory sourdough discard quick bread.

But even though quick breads are diverse in their flavors, they all share two common ingredients: baking powder or baking soda as leavening agents. Some recipes even call for both.

Baking soda and baking powder are essential for lifting quick breads in the oven. They give breads their fluffy, porous texture. But should you use baking powder or baking soda for your next recipe? Are they interchangeable? Let’s take a look at the difference between the two and how they affect your quick bread.

savory sourdough discard quick bread

Savory Sourdough Discard Quick Bread

I had a lot of sourdough discard that I needed to get rid of recently, but alas, I didn't have a lot of time. So this week, I made savory sourdough discard quick bread while I was in a rush, and now...

cinnamon raisin applesauce bread

Cinnamon Raisin Applesauce Bread

I love apples in the fall season. If you want fall flavors at any time of year, try this cinnamon raisin applesauce bread. It's soft, sweet, and easy to make.

simple honey oat sandwich bread

Simple Honey Oat Sandwich Bread

I made a beautifully large loaf almost entirely by accident. I love this simple honey oat sandwich bread, and I hope you do too.

How to Wrap Quick Bread for Gifting

How to Wrap Bread for Gifting

Not sure how to wrap quick bread for the holiday season? I've got some step-by-step instructions and photos for a simple, yet rustic wrapped loaf.

amish friendship chocolate bread

Amish Double Chocolate Chip Bread

Do you have Amish friendship starter that you don't know what to do with? Try my Amish Double Chocolate Chip Bread recipe. It's fast and easy.

amish friendship cinnamon bread

Amish Friendship Cinnamon Bread

Want to make bread for your friends and family? This Amish Friendship Bread is a fun, easy recipe that you can make and share with everyone on a regular basis.

Same-Day Artisan-Style 75% Wheat Bread

Same-Day Artisan-Style 75% Wheat Bread

If you liked my same-day artisan-style white bread, why not give my whole wheat variation a go? This recipe is a great choice for beginning bakers who want to try their hand at artisan-style loaves.

wheat in measuring cup

A Beginner Baker’s Guide to Gluten

Gluten raises a lot of questions among beginning bakers. Here's a quick guide to what it is and which flours have the most (and least) amounts of gluten.