The intoxicating scent, the “pop” and “crackle” of the crust … is there anything better than pulling a freshly baked loaf of bread from your oven? Bread recipes range from fairly simple to time-consuming and complex, so if you’re new to the hobby, start with one of the following beginner-level options. And whatever you do, don’t forget the butter!
This base recipe from The Kitchn lends itself to endless variations. The eight-hour slow rise gives this bread great flavor, and the baking method of trapping the steam inside the pot gives this bread an awesomely crispy crust.
Pizza dough is a great beginner baking project that can be used for dozens of different meals. We like to split the dough in half and save one portion for later in the week. Try making a Spring Salad Pizza, Skillet Monkey Bread with Garlic Butter, Baked Chicken-Artichoke Dip with Pull-Apart Bread, or Monster Breakfast Sandwich with Bacon, Greens, and Jammy Tomatoes.
Not only is this whole grain loaf healthy and filling, but it’s also a breeze to make! The active time for this Minimalist Baker recipe clocks in under 45 minutes, meaning you can prep the rest of your meal while the dough is rising.
These iconic buttery rolls come with a side of nostalgia. This easy method uses rapid-rise yeast to create pillowy layers. Brands like Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Instant Yeast and Saf-Instant Yeast are readily available at most grocery stores and from major online retailers, so you can whip these up in time for dinner!
These bread bowls from Alexandra’s Kitchen are very versatile, and their size can be adjusted depending on your level of hunger. We recommend pairing creamy soups with your bread bowl, like broccoli cheddar or cream of mushroom, so your bowl stays sturdy for longer.
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