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13 Easy Homemade Bread Recipes – Never Buy Bread Again

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I've rounded up some of my favorite homemade bread recipes to help you bake a great bread for any meal.

Ditch all the nasty ingredients in store breads, save yourself some money and enjoy some really good bread!

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The first section has a number of yeast bread recipes using wheat flour. The second section has bread recipes for special diets, including gluten free breads.

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Homemade Yeast Bread Recipes

Note:  I use SAF-INSTANT yeast, which does not require proofing (activating the yeast in warm liquid). You can substitute bread machine yeast or active dry yeast.

To substitute active dry yeast:

Dissolve active in warm liquid before adding the rest of the ingredients, and use a little extra active dry yeast. For more on yeast substitutions, visit Yeast FAQ at The Fresh Loaf.

Use bread flour or hard wheat flour for yeast breads, unless otherwise indicated.

Our Favorite Bread Recipe – This easy homemade bread has eggs and butter for extra richness. It's a great recipe for sandwich bread, dinner rolls or buns for burgers, brats or sloppy joes.

Easy Sourdough Bread – This simple sourdough recipe uses only four ingredients – sourdough starter, flour, water and salt. The post also includes how to create a sourdough starter.

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Potato Bread using Leftover Mashed Potatoes – Give leftover mashed potatoes a second life with this light and tender sandwich bread.

If you don't have leftover potatoes, simply cook and mash a potato or two, as needed.

Crusty French Bread – This crusty French Bread recipe is great with soups and stews, as loaves, twists or bread bowls. It's best enjoyed fresh to preserve the crackly crust, but makes an excellent French toast if there are any leftovers.

Cheese Soup in Bread Bowls – Now we don't have to wait for the fair  or a restaurant visit to enjoy the crispy crust of a bread bowl filled with piping hot soup. It's warm and filling – plus, it's budget friendly.

Duncan’s Meat in a Loaf – This is one of my youngest's favorites, bread and meat all in one. Makes a great hot sandwich option for feeding a crowd.

Betty's Buttermilk Rye Bread This easy rye bread recipe makes a delicious loaf of bread with a tender crumb. The flavor is mild – great for sandwiches, toast, or butter and jam.

Challah Bread from Lady Lee's Homestead. Challah is the traditional Jewish Sabbath bread, rich with eggs and oil, and a bit sweet. While commonly served as an oblong braided loaf, on Rosh Hashanah, round challah is served to symbolize eternal life.

Whole Wheat Bread – Sprouted or Soaked – If you have trouble digesting wheat, you make want to try soaking or sprouting.

Still not getting the results you'd like with homemade bread?

Check out the post, “Troubleshooting Tips to Help You Bake the Perfect Loaf of Bread“.

Gluten Free Bread Recipes

Brazilian Cheese Bread – Makes a great gluten free hamburger or sandwich bun

From Adrienne at Whole New Mom:

Gluten Free Focaccia Flax Bread

Buckwheat Galettes (Gluten Free Wraps)

Starlene from GAPS Diet Journey has a new e-book with coconut flour sandwich bread called “Beyond Grain and Dairy“.

The book contains 113 recipes that are gluten and dairy free. This recipe is also featured in her e-book, “Baking with Coconut Flour“. “Baking with Coconut Flour” includes recipes – PLUS – a step by step formula to convert standard recipes to coconut flour recipes.

I hope these beautiful breads will encourage you to do more bread baking at home. Don't forget to Pin this post for later and share it. 🙂

If you need even more recipes, check out the Recipes page, which lists all the recipes on the website.

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Originally published in 2013, last updated in 2020.

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105 Comments

  1. LOVE THIS! Thanks so much for posting, I shared it with all my readers so they can enjoy it too:)

  2. I absolutely enjoyed this post. I can definitely save a lot by making my own french bread instead of going to Subway.

    1. Plus the ingredient list is a lot shorter. Have you seen what’s in Subway breads? http://www.subway.com/Nutrition/Files/usProdIngredients.pdf

      For instance:
      ITALIAN (WHITE) BREAD Enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, barley malt, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast, sugar, contains 2% or less of the following: soybean oil, wheat gluten, salt, dough conditioners (DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, potassium iodate, azodicarbonamide), yeast nutrients (calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate), wheat protein isolate, yeast extract, vitamin D2, natural flavor, enzymes.

      Bread doesn’t need to be so complicated.

  3. Thanks for the assortment of recipes. Could you perhaps help us find a good multi-grain recipe similar to the sprouted whole wheat recipe. I know it’s important to know the right amount of each type. For instance, too much soy can be really hard, barley does something else, etc. Thanks!

  4. Can you tell me how to best store breads? Can I refrigerate/freeze them? How long will they last, etc… Thank you so much for adding gluten free recipes!! Great post!

    1. Breads can be frozen. Make sure to wrap/seal them well to prevent moisture loss, or they will become dry and possibly freezer burned. I try to use frozen bread within a month or two (write the date on the package with a sharpie marker). When you want to eat the bread, allow it to come to room temperature while still wrapped, so moisture inside the packaging can be reabsorbed by the bread. (Unless, of course, there is so much moisture that the bread would become slimy. I occasionally have this happen with very moist quickbreads.)

      Storing bread in the refrigerator is not recommended. Fridges tend to be more moist, and the temperature range is not good for maintaining the flavor of the bread. Fridge storage often encourages mold and off flavors.

      Most of the time I store my bread in a plastic bag or container on the counter, but if you like a firm crust you can just keep it out with the cut side down on a cutting board, or wrapped in a towel. Bread boxes or bins are nice, too, but they will allow the bread to dry out more. This is good for maintaining air circulation and keeping the bread from molding, but it will get chewier. We use up fresh bread within a week or so. If I know we will not be able to finish a loaf in time, I freeze a portion of it. I often make several loaves at one time, keep one out and freeze the rest.

      Don’t slice bread fresh out of the oven. It should rest for 10-15 minutes before serving, just like meat. This traps the moisture inside the bread, and allows it to completely set up and finish baking. Of course, if you’ve got a group hovering by the oven and the whole loaf is going to disappear right away, this is a moot point. 🙂 Also, don’t slice bread until you’re ready to eat it. Unsliced bread will store much better.

      The Kitchn.com gives some more info on reheating and storage: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-store-reheat-bread-advice-from-a-baker-175014

      When storing breads in freezer, make sure the bread is well wrapped so it retains moisture. When you are ready to eat the frozen bread, it’s important to take the bread out and allow it to thaw completely before unwrapping. This will allow the loaf to reabsorb any of the moisture that’s migrated out to the wrapping. Let the bread come to room temperature, then pop in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees for a warm revitalized loaf.

      Avoid storing bread in the refrigerator, David cautions. Changes in the alignment of the starch molecules are what cause bread to go stale. These molecules change most rapidly at the temperature range of the refrigerator (just above freezing). When you reheat bread, it actually changes the starch molecules back, but this also means they can go stale more quickly afterward. So try to eat your reheated breads within an hour or two.

  5. I have found bread is like soup; very forgiving. With the basics of flour, liquid and leavening, you can play around. Im impatient and use more yeast to rise faster, dont rise twice, and if I use low/no gluten flours like buckwheat, rice, etc, I add gluten. I do knead it a lot though. I also like heavy breads so use teff, garbanzo, wheat and oat bran, buckwheat, rye, oat and others. This makes a heavier crust. I put them into a plastic bag while hot or warm making sure its right on the bread. Let it sit overnight to cool and the crust is still thick but not hard. I then freeze them for months depending on how many loaves I make. Heavy breads, cook slower. When bread sounds hollow when thumped, its done. Glass pans are different from metal. I line all my pans with parchment paper that I reuse over and over, and peel off while hot. Big sheet for the middle, two smaller ones for each end.

    1. My favorite bread pans are pyrex casserole dishes. I’m not sure you can get exactly what I have; but they’re rectanglish. I think they’re 2 or 2.5 quarts or liters? It makes about a 1 1/2 to 2 pound loaf, wide enough for a good size sandwich. I have modified my recipes to make the loaves a bit larger. I also use corning glass bread pans. I like the way they hold heat after they’re out of the oven. Personal preference perhaps.

  6. I was wondering if you could substitute vital wheat gluten for the dough enhancer? And if not, does the ginger taste come through in the bread? I was looking at your homemade version. I’ve never used dough enhancer, just VWG, so am just curious. I’d love to give your recipe a try! Looks yummy!! FYI the sprouted wheat flour we buy is by One Degree and they have a very nice line of products. We get ours through our co-op for just about $1/pound so it’s very reasonable. Thanks so much for your help!!

    1. Judy – are you talking about the 100% whole wheat recipe? That one’s from a friend of mine, so you would need to swing by her site and ask directly, as I haven’t yet tried her recipe.

  7. Thanks for posting, these breads do look delicious. Cant wait trying my next batch gf batch 🙂 ThanksAgain!!

  8. My favorite recipe is Oatmeal Bread. I use the old (1950’s) Better Homes & Garden recipe, and add a bit of mashed potatoes to make it stay fresh longer. The recipe has molasses and is sooo good.

    I am looking for a good Squaw Bread recipe. I saw one once, and misplaced it or threw it away. Never was able to make it. I believe it had some rye, cornmeal, and some molasses in it. If any of your readers makes a good Squaw Bread, I’d be so happy if they’d share their recipe!

    1. I’m sorry, but nut flours and coconut flour will not ferment (they are too high in protein and not high enough in the sugars that feed the yeast). To the best of my knowledge, a coconut flour only sourdough bread recipe does not exist.

  9. Any pretzel bread recipes? Chris LOVES pretzel bread! I would LOVE to try the Sour Dough recipe…I love sour dough! Thanks for being on Google now Laurie! Miss you guys, your boys look soo big!!!

  10. Would love to try .But when I leave this page want be able to retrieve.If posible would like more information sent to my e-mail address.

    1. I’m not sure I understand the question. You can use the Print Friendly button at the bottom of the posts to print out the recipes on my site, or if you are on Pinterest you can Pin them for later.

    1. Yes, I mix most of these via machine, and then just shape and bake in the oven. If one of the recipes matches the capacity of your machine, you should be able to finish the whole thing in the machine.

  11. You really missed one .. Mesquite Bread. Mesquite flour has the unique quality of having no gluten, and being naturally sweet and the sweet being a sweet that diabetics can have. The flour is actually made from the pods as the seeds are inedible. The flour is similar to graham in texture and smell and taste. The pods can also make a naturally sweet lemonade by steeping them in hot water. While the flour has no gluten it won’t rise but by mixing it with half white flour or whole wheat you can get a half raised product. Naturally the Indians ate a bread similar to pita in nature. It has a wonderful taste and recipes can be found on line. http://www.desertusa.com/lil/mesquite.html I believe it also has links to purchasing mesquite flour.

  12. Wow a great link! Thanks! I need to make bread for the week because I forgot to buy some from Whole Foods. Cheaper to make anyway!

    1. I use the same recipe for making buns for sloppy joes and making sandwich bread. Just form it into loaves, let rise and bake for around 25-30 minutes. I have no sandwich beards available at this time.

  13. I make a lot of bread. I also make my own bagels. About the bread, if you like wheat bread make it yourself. The flavor is so different and so much better than the wheat bread sold in grocery stores.

  14. Thank you so much for all these bread recipes. My family really enjoys fresh bread and I use my Kitchen Aid mixer as I have hand issues. They are going to love these. I am 67 yrs old and would love to try so many of your ideas but my health prevents this. I do what I can. Thanks again for these and all your ideas. Sincerely, Linda Mattei

  15. Thank you for the bread recipes. Do you freeze your bread. I would like to start making bread but I don’t have time to make bread every day.

    1. Yes, I regularly freeze bread, because I don’t have time to bake every day, either. Most of the time I just pop a cooled loaf in a gallon ziplock bag, squeeze the air out and pop it in the freezer. Never put them in the freezer warm. You’ll get condensation when you thaw and soggy bread.

  16. I would also like healthy recipes to make my own flatbread, Pita, Pizza crust, Flour tortilla, and Ciabotta (misspelled, but I hope you know which I am speaking of) any other new bread available

  17. Great recipes Laurie! I, too, bake my own bread and have been doing so for two years now. Nothing smells better than fresh baked bread in the house. I’ve made basic white and wheat bread, buckwheat bread, Irish Soda Bread and my favorite dutch oven bread that you don’t have to knead; just mix up, cover with plastic wrap and let rise overnight and the next morning flour your board, roll the dough from the bowl onto the board, shape and set inside the hot dutch oven and bake with lid on for 20 min. and then take lid off and bake for another 10 minutes. Great bread and so easy!

  18. Thanks for all the delicious sounding bread recipes. I’ve started baking my own bread again and will certainly give these a try. I do read your blog for all the useful tips and recipes. I recently started a homesteading blog at
    southernurbanhomesteader.wordpress.com
    and really hope that you will give it a view and perhaps comment or follow it.
    Thank you,
    Brenda at Southern Urban Homesteader

  19. I really love your blog. I learn so much and I am greatful. This bread post is awesome. Thank you very much. I am just starting to bake breads and this helps so much.

  20. I’ve heard that white flour and whole wheat are very detrimental to health. Do you have any bread recipes that don’t use white and whole wheat flour?

  21. Hi

    How come the photos of “potato bread made with leftover patatoes” and “Betty’s buttermilk rye bread” are the same, on the same countertop and with the same knife beside? They seem to be the same bread even!

    I’d like to share a tip for baking bread as well. I bake my bread (750 g bread flour (called nbr 55 in Europe), 450g tepid water, 23g fresh yeast, pinch of sugar, 2 coffee spoons of salt, start in a cold oven-bake 1 hour) in a heavy iron cast cooking pot . To me, after a lot of experimenting, this is the best way to cook bread. The moisture stays inside the crockpot, the crust is nice and crispy and it is well cooked.

    Lizzie

    1. The photos of the bread look similar because I take all my own photos in my house on my counter tops and cutting boards, and I have one good bread knife that I use all the time. Whole wheat flour and rye flour are very similar in color, thus the breads are similar in color. If you look closely at the rye bread, you will see small dark flecks in the loaf. These are caraway seeds. The rye bread is not a pumpernickel rye, would would have coffee or cocoa powder added for extra color.

      If you are looking for a website will all photos professionally styled and different props for every photo, this is probably not the right website for you.

  22. Would love to bake breads. It sounds wonderful to whip up a loaf in ever so many ways. Thank you so much for the enthusiasm. Sincerely, Naomi

  23. Hi Laurie, thanks for putting the pin of this post in the Pinterest Game. Good Luck and we hope to see more of your pins on Friday.
    Kathleen

  24. Without having to read all of the recipes entirely, are any of these sugar free? I have to buy sugar free bread and it is expensive. Would be so nice to make my own. Thanx in advance for your reply.

    1. What, specifically, are you looking for in a “sugar free” bread? If you eliminate sugar but still use white flour, that bread’s going to have a high glycemic index. If you’re looking for a bread with a lower glycemic index, try some of the gluten free options (but not the Brazilian cheese bread, as that uses tapioca flour).

  25. Does anyone make Salt Rising Bread anymore ?
    I used to be able to buy it 40 plus yes ago when I lived in California.

  26. we almost never buy white bread. we buy breads with all kinds of seeds and grains. Seems it is too hard to have healthy breads made at home.

    1. You could use whole wheat flour in any of these recipes. (I use an organic white wheat, so the color of the loaves is fairly light.) If you like seeds or oatmeal in your bread, you can mix in a handful along with the flour. Not tough at all. Homemade bread has a short ingredient list with no artificial anything.

  27. Thanks for the recipes. I am trying to make as many new recipes as possible while quarantined. Can’t wait to try these.

  28. Thank you for the wonderful bread recipes. I will be trying several. I do want to tell you that I really enjoy your newsletter. I love reading about your family life, the animals and gardens of you and your neighbors. Thanks you so much. Looking forward to more of the same. Have a blessed day!

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