20 Bakery-Worthy Bread Recipes You Can Make at Home
Don't be intimidated by the idea of baking bread from scratch! With our foolproof recipes (and yes, a little patience with the yeast), you'll get the hang of it in no time. Plus, once you taste a fresh loaf of delicious homemade bread, like the Pressure-Caramelized Oat Bread pictured here, you'll never look back. This is a weekend project that you'll want to repeat again and again.
If you want to start with basic sandwich bread, make our Classic White Bread—it's perfect for everything from morning toast to your mid-day PB&J or BLT. It only requires six basic ingredients and a few simple steps, so it's a great starter recipe for anyone who's never made their own bread before. Another easy recipe with an absolutely delicious result is our Pull-Apart Garlic Bread. Start by making regular bread dough, roll it out thin, spread on homemade garlic butter, cut into squares, fold, place in a loaf pan, and bake until golden. It's the perfect accompaniment to an Italian supper or roast chicken.
For something sweeter, make our babka-inspired Chocolate Cinnamon-Swirl Bread. The combination of cocoa powder and chopped chocolate—as well as a tablespoon of cinnamon—add so much flavor to the filling. If the braiding looks intimidating, follow our step-by-step guide to master each and every twist.
Another recipe that's sure to start your morning off on a sweet note is our Japanese Milk Bread. It begins with a starter made from all-purpose flour and whole milk, which is then incorporated into a mixture of dry ingredients (bread flour, nonfat milk powder, sugar, yeast, and salt), along with more whole milk and melted butter to create the dough. The result is a super soft, fluffy loaf that's unlike any bread you've tasted before.
From French baguettes to Irish soda bread, choose your favorite recipe then start mastering the art of bread making at home.
Chocolate Cinnamon-Swirl Bread
Martha's Soda Bread with Rye and Currants
Whether you make this Irish classic for St. Patrick's Day or just because you want a different kind of breakfast treat, it's guaranteed to be delicious (especially with a shmear of Irish butter). A combination of wheat bran, caraway seeds, and currants make it extra nutty and dense.
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread
If you can't get to the grocery store to buy garlic bread, try your hand at this homemade version (it's so much better than the store-bought kind anyway). The intricate folds look complex, but it's simply a matter of folding squares of dough and stacking them back to back in a loaf pan and baking.
Seeded Marble Rye Bread
Japanese Milk Bread (Shokupan)
Portuguese Cornmeal Bread
Treacle Brown Bread
Classic White Bread
We take the classic German rye bread to new heights using unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and ground caraway seeds.
Rye and whole-wheat flours, as well as toasted wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flaxseed give this traditional French bread tons of flavor and texture.
Making homemade pita is easier than you think. The secret is a very hot oven—it activates the yeast and creates steam, which makes the dough puff up and form the signature pocket.
Honey Whole-Wheat Bread
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Get over the sticker shock of store-bought gluten-free bread by making your own! Wheat eaters and abstainers will both love the earthy, whole-grain flavor.
Challah by Hand
Multigrain English Muffins
Homemade English muffins are a revelation, especially when they incorporate whole-wheat and white flours, rolled oats, wheat germ, and flaxseed and caraway seeds. Low-fat buttermilk gives the muffins a slight tang and a light texture.