10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread

By Ashley Marcin on 12 February 2015 0 comments

Have you ever noticed that healthier bread is way more expensive than its white, fluffy counterparts? It makes sense, as quality ingredients come at a premium. However, you can enjoy better health and delicious breads for less by making them from scratch at home. You can even make one of these tasty recipes from start to finish in just one hour! (See also: 10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Time and Money)

1. Everyday Whole Wheat Bread

This whole wheat bread recipe makes three loaves, so you can eat one now and freeze the rest for later. The mix of bread flour and whole wheat creates a hearty texture that's perfect for toast and sandwiches alike. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully, as you'll mix in similar ingredients in a specific order.

2. White Sandwich Bread

If you love white sandwich bread, make it better for you by baking it at home. Store bought breads contain chemicals and weird additives, but what you'll find in this dough is simple flour, water, yeast, milk, sugar, and salt.

3. Rye Bread

Or try Emeril Lagasse's rye bread recipe. You can find rye flour right along with all the usual suspects in the baking aisle at your grocery store. The caraway seeds are key for getting that classic flavor, so don't leave them out.

4. Pumpernickel Bread

Classic pumpernickel bread is wonderful to have on hand for canapés or standard sandwiches. This particular recipe gets its dark color from a hint of unsweetened cocoa powder and molasses. If you want to try this recipe in a bread machine, you'll need to occasionally scrape the sides of your pan since this dough is quite thick.

5. Sourdough Bread

More experienced bread bakers might like to take their skills to the next level by creating sourdough bread at home. You'll first need to inherit or mix together a starter, which is (at its most basic) just water and flour mixed together and left to sit for five days. The process sounds involved, but once you get the hang of it, you'll want to make this round every week.

6. No-Knead Bread

One of the simplest, most satisfying recipes you can try is for no-knead bread. The trick here is combining all the ingredients (by stirring, not kneading) and then letting it sit overnight or longer. From there, you'll shape into a loose round and let rise again before baking in a heavy covered pot.

7. Multigrain Boule

This multigrain boule looks impressive and tastes great. It's also high in fiber and features a blend of delicious seeds for a distinct nutty flavor. You'll grind brown rice in your food processor before mixing together the rest of the ingredients and letting rise 15-30 hours. And baking it inside a Dutch oven is key for that bakery crisp crust.

8. Ezekiel Bread

I'm addicted to those frozen whole grain breads you'll find in the health food section at your grocery store. But here's a recipe for Ezekiel bread you can make at home. Combine dry lentils, beans, wheat berries, spelt, millet, and more in a flour mill before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Then divide into two loaf pans and bake.

9. Naan

Most stores I frequent now sell naan along with the pitas and wraps. It's so gratifying to make naan bread at home, so why not give it a try? The coolest thing of all is that after 25 minutes of prep and a one-hour rise, you "bake" the naan on your stovetop. It takes a mere two minutes to brown up this way.

10. One Hour Sandwich Bread

When you don't have time for all the waiting, this one hour sandwich bread will come to the rescue. Versus the active dry yeast called for in most recipes, you'll use instant yeast, which has a much faster rise time. What intrigues me most about this recipe is how you start baking the loaves in a cold oven.

What's your favorite homemade bread recipe? Please share a slice in comments!

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