15 Easy Bread Recipes

Intimidated by yeast-risen bread? Worried you won’t get the measuring, mixing and kneading just right? Don’t be. These simple recipes make everything from freshly baked loaves to lighter-than-air rolls a cinch.

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Brioche

This rich, eggy bread is perfect for thick-sliced French toast, ultra-rich bread pudding or the ultimate grilled cheese. Plus, the smell of it baking will bring everyone to the kitchen. Luckily, this recipe makes two loaves, so there will be plenty for sharing.

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Slow Cooker Bread

This bread is light and airy, like the soft inside of a loaf of French bread — and, there's no need to let it rise. You can go directly from making the dough to baking with no waiting around. Magic.

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Brown Bread

Ree’s easy brown bread gets a subtle sweetness form honey and brown sugar and its gorgeous color from a mix of whole wheat flour, coffee and molasses.

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Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls

Surprise your family with freshly baked dinner rolls anytime. Just prepare and pre-bake the rolls 75 percent of the way through, and then freeze them. Pop the rolls in the oven and brush them with butter right before serving.

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Microwave Bread

Although it has no crust or color, this loaf of bread is light and airy, with surprisingly great texture reminiscent of Chinese steamed buns. Equally amazing — it takes only about 4 minutes to bake.

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Almost-Famous Breadsticks

When you can’t go out to dinner, make these copycat breadsticks instead. Brushed with warm garlic butter and topped with a sprinkle of salt, they’re loaded with the all savory flavors you’re craving.

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Focaccia Bread

There's nothing more satisfying than making bread from scratch and this easy recipe is just the thing to keep little ones busy for a bit. Your kids will have fun helping you measure, stir and knead. And, we're pretty sure they'll be glad to taste test the finished bread, too!

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No-Mess Cinnamon Bread

Homemade cinnamon-swirl bread that’s easy to make, comes together quick and leaves virtually no dirty dishes? What’s not to love about that?!

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Toaster Oven Bread

A fun use for your countertop toaster oven — freshly baked bread. This loaf gets perfectly golden all over and is suprisingly simple to make.

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Naan: Indian Oven-Baked Flat Bread

Aarti says, "If there's anything that will make you fall in love with Indian food, it's naan. This flatbread from the North of India is pillowy and elastic, with dark charred bubbles and a crispy bottom. It's usually made in a tandoor oven, a clay oven that can reach up to 900 degrees F! That's hard to replicate at home, but this stovetop version comes pretty darned close."

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No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

The beauty of this big-batch recipe is that the dough can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. That makes it easy to have freshly-baked rolls a few nights in a row without measuring and mixing each time.

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White Sandwich Bread

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Ree turns 5 basic ingredients (yeast, butter, sugar, salt and flour) into fluffy loaves of homemade bread in just a few simple steps.

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Mushroom Buns

We concentrated the mushroom flavor in these savory buns by cooking the vegetables down with shallots and herbs into a paste known in French as duxelles. These buns require a bit of extra work but are still easy to make, perfect for a special brunch or dinner.

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Homemade Flat Bread

You only need a handful of ingredients to make these grilled flat breads. Thyme leaves make the bread fragrant and extra-delicious, but you can skip them if you don’t have fresh herbs on hand. Best of all, once the dough is ready these flat breads bake up fast just a couple minutes per side in a preheated grill pan.

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Stovetop Bread

Baking bread doesn't mean the house has to bake too. This recipe lets you bake a loaf on top of the stove instead of in it, keeping your kitchen cool.

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