10 Best Homemade Bread Recipes

Want to make bread at home? Here are all the best homemade bread recipes, from sourdough to crusty artisan bread to cornbread.

Homemade bread recipes

Making homemade bread sounds complicated and time consuming, right? But with the right recipes and skills, you can be making bread in no time! Baking homemade bread is one of Alex and my favorite things to do in the world. There’s truly nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. Homemade bread can also be better for you, cheaper, and tastier than the loaves from you local grocery store. But the best part? You’ll have that satisfying feeling that you made it all with your own two hands.

Here are a few of our favorite bread recipes, with varying skill levels! The most advanced is our sourdough bread: while it’s not hard, it’s a multi-day process that requires some special equipment. But it’s absolutely worth the effort, and we have lots of resources to guide you through the process! The easiest are our quick breads like cornbread and zucchini bread: just mix them together, pop them in a pan and bake! Whatever recipe you choose, we guarantee: you’ll want to make it again and again.

And now…our top bread recipes!

Are you looking for an artisan bread recipe that’s easy to make and has that perfect crusty bread texture? Meet our homemade artisan bread recipe! It’s got a beautiful crust and artisan bread appearance, but it takes only about 30 minutes of active time. It’s baked in a Dutch oven to get that crispy crunchy exterior.

And the flavor? It’s got a very light tang from some Greek yogurt, and it’s the perfect texture for making sandwiches. I like to call it “cheater’s sourdough” because it’s way less work than sourdough and just as delicious. It's got a video tutorial to show you exactly how it's done. Bring on the bread!

Skill level: Medium

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This homemade sourdough bread recipe is the best resource on the internet! Easy to follow instructions, a printable checklist, and a step-by-step video help you master that tangy flavor, chewy crust, and perfect texture.

In our Sourdough Bread Recipe video, Alex shows you exactly what it looks like on the steps for each day. Since it's a multi-day process, we also created a printable checklist so you can remember which step you’re on. Here are all our resources to help you master sourdough bread:

Best Sourdough Bread Recipe
Sourdough Bread for Beginners
How to Make Sourdough Starter
How to Feed Sourdough Starter
Sourdough Bread FAQ

Skill level: Advanced

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What if we told you you could make a fresh, artisan bread recipe at home, with minimal active time and a fraction of the cost of store-bought bread? Most bread recipes require many hours of labor. But there’s a type of bread making called no knead bread, where you can mix up a batch and throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours or for up to 2 weeks! Then you shape and bake it the day you want to eat it.

It’s truly easy compared to other bread recipes! This multigrain bread is made with some rye flour and has tasty mix-ins like oatmeal, sunflower seeds, and quinoa.

Skill level: Easy

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Meet your new go-to bread recipe. This one's a quick bread: and it takes just 40 minutes total to make! This new homemade cornbread recipe is truly stellar, and deceptively easy to make. It reminds me of the Jiffy box mix that I grew up with, but way tastier. Alex and I have already served it with chili, in Caesar salad, with lentil soup, and with salmon. There’s long list of meals made more perfect with a square of cornbread! (See also Easy Vegan Cornbread.)

Skill level: Very Easy

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This garlic herb focaccia bread recipe is seriously tasty! Focaccia bread requires about 3 hours to make, but that time is absolutely worth it. Make it on a weekend when you have time to spare. Waiting for the dough to rise helps it form that traditional fluffy texture. The key to good focaccia bread is the olive oil! This focaccia bread is drizzled with olive oil before baking, which brings in that signature crunch.

Skill level: Medium

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Here's a stunning bread recipe perfect for brunch, holidays, or book club: braided bread! This braided bread recipe has a filling of raspberry jam and cream cheese. It takes a bit of time to put together, but it’s doable even if you don’t have a background in baking! The nice thing is that the dough is a no knead recipe. The night before you want to make the braided bread, simply combine the dough ingredients and let them sit at room temp for 2 hours, then refrigerate overnight.

Skill level: Medium

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A little confident over here, but we think this is the best vegan zucchini bread recipe you’ll find. Yep, we said it! This zucchini bread is moist, cinnamon-scented, and the perfect sweetness. It’s got just the right texture: it’s not too oily or dense. And, it’s really easy to put together! This vegan zucchini bread has stolen our hearts! (See also Best Vegan Zucchini Bread or Easy Zucchini Bread.)

Skill level: Very Easy

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Banana bread is usually just an excuse to eat cake, right? Most banana bread recipes are full of oil, refined flour, and refined sugar, very much like a cake. Here’s a healthy spin, made with no refined flour and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. And it tastes great! It's lightly sweet and fluffy, made with oats and bananas in a blender.

Now, if you want an unhealthy version: try our Easy Chocolate Banana Bread instead! It's rich and chocolatey (but still not too sweet).

Skill level: Very Easy

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Here's a stunning version of cornbread: that's upside down! This upside down cornbread is baked with sliced tomatoes on the bottom. It’s then inverted after baking to show a lovely tomato design. There's fresh sage leaves for some color, and at the end, you'll broil the top with grated Parmesan cheese until it's crispy. The colors are stunning, and it always gets rave reviews!

Skill level: Easy

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Fuzzy blankets, wool sweaters and hot cider can’t hold a candle to this one. Yes, this vegan pumpkin bread is the ultimate in cozy. It’s perfectly moist and intensely pumpkin spiced. Even better, it’s light and fluffy: so you get your pumpkin spice fix without it being overly heavy or rich. Yes, it’s a seriously good pumpkin bread that happens to be vegan too!

Dress it up: top with 1-Minute Powdered Sugar or Icing Vegan Chocolate Ganache.

Skill level: Very Easy

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Dutch oven bread | Artisan bread Dutch oven

Easy Homemade Artisan Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x

Description

The best bread recipe? Here’s an easy homemade artisan bread with a crispy crust and tender inside. Baked in a Dutch oven, it’s perfect for sandwiches or to serve with soup or pasta!


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Ingredients

  • 200 grams all purpose flour (1 1/3 cups)
  • 200 grams bread flour (1 1/3 cups)
  • 80 grams whole wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • 11 gramkosher salt (1/2 tablespoon)
  • 6 grams instant or active dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
  • 325 grams purified water, room temperature (1 1/3 cups)
  • 50 grams Greek yogurt (1/4 cup) or substitute plain vegan yogurt*

Instructions

  1. Mix the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the flours, kosher salt, and yeast. Stir lightly with the dough hook to combine. Add the water and Greek yogurt and stir again until just combined. (Note: You need a stand mixer for this recipe as kneading by hand would be too sticky.)
  2. Proof the dough: Place bowl and dough hook on stand mixer and knead for 8 minutes on low speed. After mixing, transfer the dough to a small bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place (we use an 80° proofing oven) until doubled in size — 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
  3. Preheat the Dutch oven: When the dough has risen, place a Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 475°F. Prepare a piece of parchment paper about 8 inches wide by 12 inches long.
  4. Shape the dough (watch the video instructions!): Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured counter; the dough should be formed into a gently rounded shape. Rub just enough flour onto the top of the dough so that it isn’t tacky. Use the bench scraper to flip the dough so that the floured side is down. Gently stretch the dough into a rectangle. Moving quickly, fold the top third of the dough down, and the bottom third up to create a packet. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and gently roll it into a log shape. Be careful to not press the dough or deflate it. Use your hands to gently pull the dough tight and pinch off the seams at the end of the dough. Carefully transfer the dough to the parchment paper and allow to rest uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Bake the bread: After the dough has rested, use a lame or sharp knife to cut a shallow slit at angle across the top of the dough. As quickly as possible, using a hot pad remove the lid from the Dutch oven and carefully place the parchment paper with dough into the Dutch oven. Cover it and set the timer for 17 minutes.
  6. Reduce the oven temp and continue baking: After 17 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. With a hot pad remove the Dutch oven, carefully take out the bread. and set the bread directly onto the oven rack. Bake for an additional 23 minutes.
  7. Cool the bread: Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool on a cooling rack for at least 45 minutes. After cooling, the bread is ready to eat. Store the bread wrapped in cloth or in a bread bag on the counter for up to 2 days, or freeze it wrapped in foil in a plastic bag for several months.

Notes

*This Dutch oven bread has been successfully tested using plain coconut yogurt as a vegan variation.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Bread Recipes, Homemade Bread Recipe,

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If you’ve made one of these bread recipes: what happens if you don’t eat it all? Never fear, there are lots of creative ways to use up a loaf of stale bread! Here are some of our favorite ways to use stale bread: 

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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