Quick bread is the catch-all loaf, the one you can make by just rummaging thorugh spice jars and half-empty bags of nuts. You want bread in an hour? Make quick bread. Too many brown bananas? Quick bread.
For a stellar quick bread recipe, we turned to the pie experts (yes, pie), Four & Twenty Blackbirds. This is not an ordinary bread—it's packed with seeds, nuts, and molasses, and it's been a staple in the pie shop since day one. (And we're giddy to be helping break in their new space for our next Instameet in September—watch out for the email, New York City!) Now, since quick breads don't make you wait, neither will we: Here are 14 lovely loaves, plus the recipe for Blackbird's Bread.