Nothing compares to the heart-fluttering happiness of smelling fresh baked bread. Well, okay, there’s one thing: the scent of fresh-baked, from-scratch bread you’ve made.
There’s a reason baking bread is its own kind of ritual. Because homemade bread is a mix between science and magic, where simple flour, salt, and water transform into crusty-edged, fluffy-centered goodness. It’s empowering, a project that warms your home and satisfies deeply.
Whether you love pillowy focaccia, craggy soda bread, simple sweet banana loaves, or a tangy sourdough, there’s a bread recipe waiting for you. And to prove it (eh?), we’ve combed through Food52's near-decade-old recipe box for the most baked, most favorited bread recipes, ever. It wasn’t easy—we focused on actual loaves and rolls (so sorry, Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs! You are still loved!). But we narrowed it down to the upper crust, the breadwinners, if you will. Give them a look, below, then break out the flour and get kneading.