Chocolate Cinnamon-Swirl Bread
End brunch on a sweet note by slicing into a loaf of this rich, babka-inspired swirl bread. Enriching the yeasted dough with eggs and milk produces a super tender crumb once baked, but not before becoming the canvas for a cinnamon-spiked chocolate filling. To make sure the filling is infused into every pillowy bite, the dough is braided together before being placed in the loaf pan to proof and then bake.
A Guide to Baking Bread: Your Starter Kit of Ideas and Must-Have Tools
All you need to bake bread is flour, water, and yeast but these expert tips and tools will make the elemental process even more enjoyable.
Sourdough Banana Bread
When you bake sourdough bread using a homemade starter, you'll eventually end up with so much of it that you'll need to discard some to keep the amount manageable. You can compost the discard, or use it up in a recipe like this banana bread. You won't notice much difference in flavor; what you will notice is a slightly denser texture and an almost savory flavor from the use of olive oil, plus delicate sweetness from maple syrup.
No-Knead Tomato Focaccia
Garlic and thyme are perfect partners for the juicy cherry tomatoes that top this easy focaccia. Minimal dough handling means the bread requires just 15 minutes of prep.
A starter, which is a mix of active wild yeasts and bacteria, is the key to leavening all kinds of sourdough-based delicacies. This recipe, adapted from Artisan Bryan, calls for a combination of flours; the rye flour helps speed up the process. Once the starter is established, you can continue to feed with a mix, or transition to entirely white flour. Note that you don't add any yeast yourself; instead, you allow the wild yeast present in the flour to develop over time.
Sweet-tart fresh blueberries are showcased in every bite of these light, fluffy scones accented with lemon zest.