10 All-Purpose Flour Bread Recipes

All-purpose flour bakes up a delicious loaf of bread

When you want to bake a fresh loaf of bread, there's no need for fancy bread flours. All-purpose flour makes great bread and the recipes that feature it are diverse and delicious. From basic white bread with yeast to quick and batter breads filled with a variety of flavors, these recipes show off the possibilities of the simple kitchen staple.

  • 01 of 10

    Easy White Bread Recipe


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    This white bread recipe is perfect for your first attempt at yeast bread. It creates a basic white bread using all-purpose flour, active dry yeast, vegetable shortening, and a few common ingredients. You'll get used to all the elements of bread baking, from kneading to rising and shaping the loaf, and you'll be delighted at how well it turns out.

  • 02 of 10

    Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Soda Bread

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    A famous quick bread, you don't need yeast to make a loaf of Irish soda bread. While many recipes include whole wheat flour, this one relies completely on all-purpose flour. The key to getting it to rise without yeast is the combination of baking soda and buttermilk. It's delicious, easy, and perfect for beginning bakers.

  • 03 of 10

    Romanian Country Bread

    Round Bread on a Wooden Table
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    Cornmeal is the key ingredient in Romanian country bread. It's an egg-free and dairy-free recipe that creates a delicious white bread baked in a round loaf. The cornmeal gives it a tangy taste that's similar to sourdough, but there's no need to worry about feeding a starter with this recipe.

  • 04 of 10

    Honey Wheat Bread

    Honey Wheat Bread

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    All-purpose flour is one key to reducing the density of whole wheat flours. The duo comes together in this honey wheat bread. The recipe makes two loaves, and honey, warm milk, and melted butter ensure it's perfectly moist. It's a great toast and sandwich bread you'll want to make often.

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  • 05 of 10

    Lemon and Yellow Squash Quick Bread

    Fresh Lemon Pound Cake
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    This lemon and yellow squash bread will surprise everyone who eats it. The bread gets its bright flavor from lemon, both in the batter and in the glaze, and the squash is an interesting ingredient. The bread is delicious and is not greasy like other quick breads because the recipe uses butter rather than oil.

  • 06 of 10

    Oatmeal Batter Bread

    Oatmeal Batter Bread

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    Batter breads are an interesting group because there's no kneading required. They're yeasted breads, but instead of dough, the recipes create a batter that's a little thicker than cake batter. This oatmeal batter bread is a fun recipe to try, and the combination of oats and honey is delightful.

  • 07 of 10

    Apple Cinnamon Batter Bread

    Apple Batter Bread

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    Easy and simple, apple cinnamon batter bread is perfectly sweet. The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and apples creates a belly-warming bread that's perfect for autumn and winter. You can even use apple juice instead of water to intensify the flavor.

  • 08 of 10

    Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    Cinnamon Swirl Bread


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    Country cinnamon swirl bread looks difficult, but it's surprisingly simple. It's similar to making cinnamon rolls, so you'll roll out the dough, add butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then roll it up and place it in the pan. It's also a great example of a recipe in which you can use either all-purpose or bread flour; the latter will simply produce a better rise.

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  • 09 of 10

    Orange Breakfast Bread

    Orange Bread

    A single-loaf recipe that's perfect for beginners, orange breakfast bread is a delicious treat. The easy yeast bread is flavored with brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice, which gives it an amazing flavor. While it's great for breakfast, it's also a tasty snack and works brilliantly for French toast.

  • 10 of 10

    Amish Friendship Bread

    Amish Friendship Bread

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    Sourdough is not the only type of bread that requires a starter. Amish friendship bread uses it as well, so this is a project that you'll work on over a period of time. The bread that it creates is worth the effort. It's flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and, oddly enough, vanilla pudding mix. Top it with pecans, and you'll have a bread you'll definitely want to share.