50 Bread Recipes Every Baker Should Master

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Baking and sharing your own bread is a great way to win friends. Don't be intimidated by the notion of bread baking—with the right recipe, it's easier than you might think. These 10

recipes are simple enough that even beginners can feel confident giving them a try. Some call for a bread machine, others require a stand mixer, but most need no appliance at all except for a hot oven. Soon, you'll be enjoying fresh white bread, crusty French baguettes, braided challah, party-worthy dinner rolls, and more.

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    Basic White Bread for Beginners

    Basic White Bread for Beginners

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    Have you always wanted to try baking your own bread at home? This easy-to-make white bread is tailor-made for beginners and yields two long freeform loaves. Only 20 minutes are needed to make the dough, which rests for an hour, before being kneaded, shaped, and oven-baked.

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    Butter and Egg Bread

    Butter and Egg Bread

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    This butter- and egg-based recipe creates a moist loaf that's perfect for serving when you entertain company, but is also great for everyday meals. Slice it for grilled cheese sandwiches or use for croutons once it starts to go stale.

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    Amish Milk Bread

    Amish Milk Bread

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    Traditional Amish milk bread has a tender texture and slightly sweet flavor that makes it stand out from the usual white bread. You need only your oven and hand, to make this simple versatile loaf.

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    Herb and Parmesan Bread

    Herb and Parmesan Bread

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    Fewer than 10 ingredients are needed to make this aromatic herb and Parmesan bread. Made with a bread machine, this loaf is as fuss-free as it gets. Slice, toast, and top with garlic butter to serve with lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs.

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    Beer Cheese Bread

    Beer Cheese Bread

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    Game day events call for hearty bread that can stand up to dipping into chili, beef stew, and other saucy eats. Use your bread machine to bake this effortless beer-infused cheese bread that fits the bill perfectly.

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    Icelandic Thunder Bread

    Icelandic Thunder Bread

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    Thor himself would approve of this lightly sweet Icelandic thunder bread made with rye flour, molasses, and brown sugar. The dough is leavened with baking powder and steamed in a slow cooker to produce its signature dense texture. Slice thinly for topping with meats, pates, and cheeses.

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    Braided Challah Bread

    3-Egg Challah Bread

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    Eggy Jewish challah bread makes great French toast and memorable sandwiches. This recipe creates a beautiful braided loaf you can serve proudly to family and friends.

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    Pumpernickel Bread

    Pumpernickel Bread

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    This recipe for two small round loaves of pumpernickel bread is easy to make and no bread machine is required. The dark bread makes an excellent sandwich bread for ham and Swiss cheese served with plenty of Dijon or honey mustard.

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    Honey Buttermilk Bread

    Honey Buttermilk Bread

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    Honey and buttermilk give this homey yeast bread great flavor and texture. Simply add all of the ingredients to your machine and press the start button. The recipe also includes tips for turning this bread into tasty rolls.

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    Puerto Rican Pan Sobao

    Pan Sobao Bread from Puerto Rico

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    Puerto Rican pan sobao is similar to a classic French bread, but with a softer crust. This recipe is simple enough for beginner bakers to make and produces two long, shiny loaves that you can use for Cuban sandwiches.

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    Irish Brown Soda Bread

    Irish Brown Soda Bread

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    Traditional Northern Irish soda bread, also called wheaten bread, uses baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast. This ultra-simple version needs only four ingredients including buttermilk, which gives this loaf a tangy flavor that will make it a family favorite.

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    Sweet Potato Bread

    Sweet Potato Bread

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    This hands-off sweet potato yeast bread is mixed and baked in the bread machine. Spices, dark brown sugar, and a little vanilla add warming flavors to the perfect-for-fall loaf.

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    Petits Pains (French Rolls)

    French Rolls (Petits Pains)

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    Petits pains are little baguettes with the same crunchy exterior and soft, chewy insides as their larger cousins. They make fantastic dinner rolls and are useful for soaking up the last bits of sauce or gravy from dinner plates and bowls.

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    Oregano and Romano Cheese Bread

    Oregano and Romano Cheese Bread

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    You might want to bake this Italian herb and cheese bread just for the aroma alone. It's a snap to prepare with dried oregano and romano cheese (swap for basil and Parmesan if you prefer) and goes perfectly with pasta mains.

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    French Baguette

    French Baguette

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    The French baguette is a quintessential symbol of French culture. Now you can try your hand at making your own with a traditional recipe that produces baguettes with the crusty exterior and soft, slightly chewy inside that everyone loves.

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    German Farmer's Bread

    German Farmer's Bread

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    German farmer's bread is a rustic, crusty loaf that can be made with a stand mixer and your oven. This nutritious bread uses half white and half whole wheat flour, plus healthful rolled oats and caraway seeds for added crunch.

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    Honey-Molasses Oatmeal Bread

    Honey-Molasses Oatmeal Bread

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    Bread machine oatmeal bread flavored with honey and molasses tastes great toasted and spread with fruit jam or topped with a scoop of baked beans as part of a traditional English breakfast.

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    Chopped Onion Bread

    Chopped Onion Bread

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    You don't need a bread machine to bake up an onion loaf at home just like the one served at fancy steakhouses. This recipe requires only one rise, some hand-kneading, and an hour for baking. It freezes well for enjoying later, too.

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    Country White Bread

    Country White Bread

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    This simple bread machine recipe results in a white bread with a pleasant, chewy texture. It's excellent as toast for breakfast or use it to make sandwiches. Make this bread on rapid or quick cycle, or it can be made on the regular cycle with a little less yeast (about 2 teaspoons).

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    Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

    Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

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    Old-fashioned sourdough bread is a favorite sandwich option that begins with a sourdough starter and an overnight rise. It takes some time, but the nuanced flavor is worth the effort.

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    Wheat Cornmeal Bread

    Wheat Cornmeal Bread

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    This easy bread can be made with or without a machine. The cornmeal and whole wheat flour add just enough texture to the loaf and a small amount of brown sugar sweetens it perfectly.

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    Gluten-Free Breakfast Bread

    Gluten-Free Breakfast Bread

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    Eating gluten free doesn't have to mean skipping your morning toast. Bake up a wheatless bread with this homemade recipe that only requires a single rise. The finished loaf is high in protein and entirely dairy-free.

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    Easy Potato Bread

    Easy Potato Bread

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    Freshly-baked potato bread might just be the best-ever use for leftover mashed potatoes. This recipe is easy to knead by hand and produces two tasty loaves which are great for serving with saucy meat dishes or making Italian-style sandwiches with cheeses and cured meats.

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    Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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    Making your own delicious cinnamon swirl bread is easier than it seems and is a great alternative to store-bought pastries. The sweet bread is nicely spiced throughout with a ribbon of sugary cinnamon swirl running through the center.

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    Easy White Bread Rolls

    Easy White Bread Rolls

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    Consider this your go-to recipe for white bread rolls for family dinners or school lunchboxes. They can also be frozen and heated up whenever company visits. This baking sheet recipe makes about 15 rolls.

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    German Whole Rye Bread

    German Whole Rye Bread

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    Recreate the authentic experience of German whole rye bread with this recipe. Start the bread the day before you plan to bake to allow time for rising. You will end up with a seeded loaf that tastes great sliced thin, toasted, and topped with cream cheese.

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    Braided White Bread

    Braided White Bread

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    If you can braid a ponytail, then you can fashion this impressive-looking braided white bread. Only six ingredients and your oven are needed to make the recipe. Serve the browned braided loaves when company joins you for brunch or dinner.

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    Sour Cream White Bread

    Sour Cream White Bread

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    White bread is an all-American household favorite for everything from buttered toast to lunchtime sandwiches. This simple recipe adds sour cream to the dough for an extra moist loaf.

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    Jalapeno Cheese Bread

    Jalapeno Cheese Bread

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    Serve homemade jalapeno cheese bread at your next Mexican-themed dinner. The bread machine does all the hard work, producing a hearty cheesy bread with a nice kick from fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers.

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    Rustic Spanish Bread (Pan Rustico)

    Rustic Spanish Bread (Pan Rustico)

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    You need only five ingredients to bake up three round and rustic loaves that would be right at home in a Spanish kitchen. This is an entirely handmade bread with no special equipment needed. Bonus: it freezes well.

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    Crusty French Bread

    Crusty French Bread

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    A pie plate full of hot water is the secret to this recipe for French country-style bread. It begins in the bread machine, where ingredients are mixed and kneaded, and finishes in the oven where it is baked to crusty perfection.

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    Pumpkin Yeast Bread

    Pumpkin Yeast Bread

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    Colorful pumpkin bread makes a delicious autumnal alternative to ordinary white loaves. It's made easily in the bread machine for enjoying alongside a bowl of warming chili or topped with apple butter.

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    Gluten-Free Rosemary Walnut Bread

    Gluten-Free Rosemary Walnut Bread

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    Bake up a gluten-free loaf to impress guests with this savory country-style recipe for rosemary walnut bread. A stand mixer is helpful for forming the dough for this crusty bread. It smells fantastic baking and looks pretty sliced with its herb-flecked interior.

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    Cocoa Bread

    Cocoa Bread

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    Bread machine cocoa bread has a bit of chocolate goodness, but is not overly sweet, making it a great choice for special breakfasts. Use it for making Nutella French toast and watch kids' eyes light up!

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    Orange Sage Bread

    Orange Sage Bread

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    Orange sage bread is a lovely light bread that's elegant enough to serve at fancy brunches. This recipe is simple enough for novice bakers to make with no bread machine needed and produces one fruity, sage-studded loaf.

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    Multigrain Bread

    Multigrain Bread

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    Multigrain cereal is the star ingredient in this healthy recipe that makes a great, additive-free alternative to store-bought loaves. The flavorful bread machine-produced loaf has great texture and makes an excellent sandwich bread.

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    Easy Turmeric-Basil Rye Bread

    Easy Turmeric-Basil Rye Bread

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    Turmeric and basil elevate this simple rye loaf to create a special herbed sandwich bread the family will love to eat. A mix of white and rye flours give the bread flavor and texture without the need for a sourdough starter.

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    Homemade Fresh Parsley Bread

    Homemade Fresh Parsley Bread

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    The parsley sings in this herbaceous bread that's a wonderful way to use up a bounty of fresh leaves from your garden. The bread is suitable for all baking levels with no bread machine required.

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    Traditional Italian Bread

    Traditional Italian Bread

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    Freshly-baked Italian bread is one of life's great pleasures. This recipe yields two long loaves that are perfect for serving with Italian dishes or topping with meat and cheese for appetizers.

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    Herb and Garlic Bread

    Herb and Garlic Bread

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    Herb and garlic soup mix is the secret ingredient in this savory bread that's great for family dinners and special occasions alike. The dough is hand-shaped into a round loaf that bakes in your oven on a cookie sheet until golden.

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    Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

    Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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    Wow your family with this homemade cinnamon raisin bread that bakes effortlessly in the bread machine. It will make your kitchen smell heavenly and is especially good topped with melted butter or used in French toast casseroles.

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    One-Loaf Oatmeal Bread

    One-Loaf Oatmeal Bread

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    Homemade oatmeal bread is more nutritious than packaged, store-bought loaves. Try this one-loaf recipe toasted and buttered or use for making peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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    German Seed Bread

    German Seed Bread

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    This dense, chewy German-style bread makes use of overnight fermentation for maximum flavor. The seed-crusted exterior looks beautiful as part of a rustic lunch or dinner party table. Serve alongside roasted chicken.

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    German Hard Rolls

    German Hard Rolls

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    If you've visited a German restaurant, there's a good chance you've enjoyed these bread rolls. They are simple to make, requiring an overnight soak and some hand kneading. Top with poppyseeds for extra crunch.

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    Buckwheat Molasses Bread

    Buckwheat Molasses Bread

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    Dark and dense buckwheat molasses bread has a flavor and texture similar to many Eastern European breads. This easy recipe produces one heavy loaf that can be sliced and topped with fruit preserves or cheese.

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    Milk and Honey Bread

    Milk and Honey Bread

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    The bread machine makes preparing this milk and honey bread an almost hands-free task. The resulting loaf has a moist, fluffy texture with a light sweetness that complements a variety of sandwich ingredients.

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    Kalamata Olive Bread

    Kalamata Olive Bread

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    This Greek-style olive bread recipe makes a large loaf that's great for sharing. Basil and kalamata olives plus some of the olive brine make this bread an olive-lovers dream. Serve with olive oil for dipping.

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    Cajun Bread

    Cajun Bread

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    Chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic, and a generous amount of Cajun seasoning make this bread machine loaf extra flavorful. Use it to make spiced chicken sandwiches or a classic muffuletta.

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    Homemade Slider Buns

    Homemade Slider Buns

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    Use a stand mixer or your bread machine to make fluffy slider buns for sandwiching mini burgers, seafood salad, or party-ready pulled pork. They'll take your game day snack spread up a notch.

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    Cinnamon Rolls in the Bread Machine

    Cinnamon Rolls in the Bread Machine

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    Is there any smell more enticing than warm cinnamon rolls baking? Use the bread machine to make these crowd-pleasing yeasty pastry treats that are drizzled with sugary frosting while still warm.