Our 30 Best Homemade Bread Recipes

Start your ovens, it's time to roll up your sleeves and bake delicious homemade bread.

June  6, 2023
Photo by Bobbi Lin

The only thing more satisfying than smelling freshly baked bread is smelling freshly baked bread in your own kitchen. There’s a reason baking bread is its own kind of ritual. A from-scratch loaf is a mix between science and magic, where simple flour, salt, and water transform into crusty-edged, fluffy-centered (and hopefully butter-slathered) goodness. It’s delicious, yes, but it's also empowering—a project that warms your home and satisfies deeply.

Whether you love pillowy focaccia, craggy soda bread, or a tangy sourdough, there’s a bread recipe waiting for you. And to prove it (eh?), we’ve combed through Food52's recipe box for our 30 favorite bread recipes, ever.

It wasn’t easy—we focused on savory 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.

Our Best Bread Recipes

1. Ima's Challah

We promise that with Rivka's instructions, you’re up for the challenge of challah braiding. The first time our test kitchen made it in 2010, it emerged from the oven grand and poofed with an airy crumb, begging to be buttered and devoured.

2. Homemade Naan

This naan is not only simple to bake, but adaptable—make it in the oven, on a pizza stone (or baking steel), in a cast iron skillet, or your stovetop. No matter what, it still cooks up beautifully. Try serving with Archana Mundhe's Instant Pot Butter Chicken, or Meera Sodha's New Potato & Chickpea Chaat.

3. Easy Seeded Flatbread

If yeast intimidates you, look no further than this blistered flatbread that's just as good on a weeknight as it is on a holiday. Baking soda and powder provide oomph, while lots of seeds (recipe developer Sarah Jampel likes a mix of toasted sunflower seeds, nigella seeds, sesame seeds, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds) add crunch.

4. Four-Hour Baguette

If you’re looking for a starter bread (sans starter), here’s your loaf. “This recipe is the aggressive, no-more-excuses shove that you need to start baking your own bread,” says Resident Genius Kristen Miglore. “It will only take you four hours of intermittent attention, and won't require a starter nor any equipment you don't already own—and it will rival your favorite bakery's.”

5. Kindred's Milk Bread

Lauded as the most delicious bread you’ll ever eat, Kindred’s Milk Bread can do it all. “It can be used as sandwich bread, French toast, burger buns, doughnuts, and more,” writes Catherine Margaret O’Donnell. “This is a bread that merges utility and taste, seamlessly.” Once you master the dough, you can play around with the form—say, dinner rolls or a free-form loaf.

6. Yogurt Bread With Molasses

Hearty and moist, with just a touch of sweetness, this loaf was inspired by a recipe in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. One very important note from recipe author Marian Bull: “Let the bread cool before you slice it. Yes, I'm serious.” (For what it's worth: Just about any bread recipe benefits from the same advice! Once your bread comes out of the oven, it's still "baking" in its own way; give it at least an hour to get its bearings and become its best self.)

7. Saltie's Focaccia

If you're a baking novice, let us introduce to your new best friend: focaccia. It’s baking-sheet friendly, needs no kneading, and goes from oven to table like a star. We love tearing it into hunks with our hands instead of using a knife. It's also perfect for a party-ready, large-format sandwich (like, say, this slab muffuletta).

8. Potato Peel Focaccia

Another focaccia, this time with a smart, scrappy ingredient: potato peels. These not only add heartiness, but a delightful chewiness we can't get enough of. Plus, if you're already peeling spuds for something like mashed potatoes (hi, hello, Sunday night supper), this is a much better fate than the compost bin.

9. Alexandra Stafford's No-Knead Peasant Bread

So you want a homemade loaf with a deeply golden crust and wide-open interior crumb, but you aren't that familiar with bread recipes. Start here. This loaf uses instant yeast, which means you don't have to wait days for your reward, and once you get a hang of the method, you can adapt it to no end.

10. Life-Changing Loaf of Bread

Did we mention it's gluten-free? It is. This dense, seedy, wholesome loaf is full of good stuff like rolled oats, flax seeds, and hazelnuts (or almonds or walnuts or insert your favorite nut here). We love it with lots of butter and flaky salt, or turned into an open-faced sandwich with cream cheese and smoked fish.

11. Oaty Brown Sugar Soda Bread

This crusty, whole-grain loaf doesn't need yeast to be a showstopper (thanks, baking soda!). A Dutch oven ensures an extra-crusty crust, oats add chewiness, and a smidgen of brown sugar adds just enough sweetness. You could serve it with butter and jam for breakfast, but it's just as great alongside whatever you're serving for dinner tonight.

12. Brown Butter Butternut Rolls

Have you ever seen a more autumnal bread recipe in your life? The answer is: of course not! These butternut rolls won our Best Recipe With Brown Butter recipe contest—and you'll only need to try one to see why. Okay, go on and have another. We will, too.

13. Aunt Mariah's Rolls

These rolls are sugary and milky and buttery, yes, but that won't stop us from serving them with a super-savory spread (think roast chicken, turkey, or beef, and lots of gravy). "The recipe serves a crowd," Emily Nunn writes. "Because that's what Aunt Mariah would do with them." Do as Aunt Mariah would do.

14. Heavenly Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls

Monkeymom's supple, rich rolls have just a hint of sweetness to them—they're chewy and tender and full of deep flavor from the molasses, but versatile enough to complement (rather than overwhelm) a variety of main dishes.

15. Touch-of-Grace Biscuits

Repeat after us: No more dry biscuits. The trick here is to make a biscuit dough that seems waaay too wet. As food scientist Shirley Corriher discovered, that's actually just right. Using a low-protein, self-rising flour like White Lily makes these utterly foolproof. If you're serving them with dinner, you could stir a little black pepper into the dough and sprinkle flaky salt on top before baking.

16. Never-Fail Biscuits

And by never-fail we mean: never fail. These recipe has—wait for it—two ingredients: self-rising flour (leavening agents included) and heavy cream (which both enriches and moistens the dough). Of course, you can off-road this template to no end. Fresh herbs, like chopped dill or chives. Crispy, meaty bits, like bacon or pancetta. Or cheese. Lots of cheese.

17. Best Cornbread

Meet our test kitchen's best cornbread. It's got a crackly brown butter-scented crust and a never dry, cheerfully tangy center (thanks to both buttermilk and melted butter). If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, consider this a convenient excuse to buy one (once you start using it, we have a feeling you won't be able to stop). Like all cornbread, this is best the day it's made. Feel free to re-warm it in the oven before serving and don't skip the butter alongside.

18. Popcorn Bread

What happens when you grind popped popcorn into a pseudo-cornmeal? Chef Edward Lee wanted to find out. "It makes a crumbly bread that feels like cornbread but it is lighter and fluffier on the inside," he writes in his book Buttermilk Graffiti. Serve with lots of salty butter (but you knew that already).

19. Mediterranean Olive Bread

Our co-founder Merrill Stubbs swore by this foolproof loaf when she was in college. While most quick breads are sweet (think banana bread or pumpkin bread or zucchini bread), this one is savory. It has olives, olive oil, and rosemary, plus some whole-wheat flour for nuttiness. Wrap well and keep at room temperature for a few days—as Merrill notes, "it makes excellent toast."

20. 5-Minute Artisan Bread by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë François

This recipe for artisan bread, complete with a crisp crust and tender interior, is pretty much foolproof. Don't believe us? Just ask the dozens of glowing reviews in the comments sections, in which the words "easy," "delicious," and "perfect" can be found in abundance.

21. Homemade Pizza Dough

Any baker's arsenal of recipes wouldn't be complete without a reliable homemade pizza dough, and this one from cookbook author Amber Wilson is as reliable as it gets. Even better, it's totally un-fussy—you just want to make sure you start off with water that's warm to the touch (it shouldn't be too hot or too cold).

23. No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Put that bubbling sourdough starter to good use in this no-knead recipe that our community cannot seem to get enough of. Pro tip: If you've got a Dutch oven handy, use that; it'll give your bread a magical crust with audible crunch.

24. Maple Oat Breakfast Bread

This breakfast-ready bread toes the line between sweet and savory, which makes it ideal for morning toast slathered in butter and jam, topping with eggs and bacon, or munching on fresh out of the oven.

25. English Muffins

Our Resident Baking BFF Erin McDowell was a self-proclaimed English muffin hater—until she tried a warm batch straight out of the oven. This is her go-to recipe now, and it's excellent, if we do say so ourselves.

26. Flax Seed Potato Bread

Fluffy, savory flax seed and potato bread relies on mashed potato for its texture, enhanced with a secret ingredient: starch-rich potato cooking liquid. Flax seeds add crunch, and honey and olive oil infuse the dough with mild sweetness and welcome moisture. Serve it with a hearty vegetable soup, or enjoy a slice alongside an afternoon cup of tea.

27. Hokkaido Milk Bread

These lofty loaves hail from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, where bakers use tangzhong (a type of roux) to give their bread a signature soft, fluffy texture. That fluffiness makes it very absorbent and perfect for milk toast—a simple dish of toasted bread slathered with butter and topped with warm whole milk or sweetened condensed milk.

28. No-Knead Sandwich Bread

This labor of love relies on patience rather than elbow grease to build up an elastic dough that bakes into a satisfying sandwich loaf. Feel free to experiment with bread flour, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour to customize the flavor and texture to your liking. Best of all, once the proofing is complete, you can stick the dough in the fridge for up to two weeks and bake at your convenience.

29. Oat Porridge Bread

Direct from bread master Chad Robertson of San Francisco's renowned Tartine Bakery & Cafe, this toothsome oat porridge bread is packed with flavor and boasts a hearty texture, toasty nuttiness, and a crackly texture. Fans of dutch oven bread baking will find a new favorite recipe in this rustic gem that easily swings sweet or savory any time of day.

30. Farmhouse Whole Wheat Bread

Make a standard or braided loaf with this tender, pliable buttermilk-infused dough and sprinkle with poppy seeds for an alternative to standard rolls. A touch of honey lightly sweetens a mix of white and whole wheat flours for the perfect bread to serve with dinner.

What are your best homemade bread tips our readers need to know? Share them in the comments below!

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Krassin January 1, 2024
Where is #22?
TheSarcasticWit December 31, 2023
Not a single GF recipe...
Karen T. January 3, 2024
No. 10 - Life-Changing Loaf of Bread is GF.
TheSarcasticWit January 3, 2024
I guess I missed it since it didn't have GF or Gluten Free in the title
Karen T. January 4, 2024
It was sneaky - first line of the headnote is "Did we mention it's GF?" No. No, you did not - LOL. BTW, I made it, and it was good.
TheSarcasticWit January 4, 2024
If you want to try a really good GF bread, try "The Ultimate Gluten Free Bread Recipe" at the loopy won't be disappointed...the first GF bread I made that was actually really good...
Karen T. January 4, 2024
Thanks - I'll check it out.
Ruth December 31, 2023
Super disappointed not to see more recipes that incorporate whole wheat and rye flours. Sure, you have a couple of notes that suggest adding a limited amount of whole wheat substitution, but given that whole grain bread is healthier overall, I'd like to think that your readers could handle at least some recipes that feature these more flavorful flours. I do understand gearing at least some of the recipes to beginning bakers, but if you're presenting 30 recipes in one go, it's really sad not to see more that presume a bit more experience and curiosity about other flours.
Susan K. June 6, 2023
Would love to see these 30 bread recipes published as a cookbook.
roger.sperrling September 10, 2021
My favorite bread among a hundred other ones like Chapatis, Naans and Focaccia's - is my whole-wheat mix flour with a bit of Rye and other flours in it - tea-cakes that are flat so that they barely can be cut in halfs.... And spiced differently every morning with Cardamom, cinnamon or bread-cumin, Anis and/or Rosemary and of course enough salt, butter and/or oil, yeast....and of course well baked!
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Joyce M. September 1, 2020
a question on the maple oat reads "11/2 cup oatmeal". Is this a typo for 1/2? or 1 1/2 cups oatmeal? Wanted to make sure before I tried it. Thanks.
mudd September 1, 2020
I’m not Food 52, but it looks like 1 and a half, 1 1/2 cups based on comparing that to the amount of flour.
Miller59 April 9, 2020
Sourdough baguette. My starter is over 30 years old now and I often turn the discard into this beautiful bread.
Mandii November 18, 2019
Great Great website!!!

Love it
Maven53 April 4, 2019
Sitting down and eating a warm slice of Ima’s challah bread. The only thing that would make it more perfect is if my Mother was here to share it with me.
Fran E. February 10, 2019
I love making Greek Easter Breads- Tsourekia.
swimmeret February 2, 2019
While the site does have English Muffins, it does not have English Muffin Toasting Bread (see King Arthur Flour) and THAT is now my favorite just in sheer terms of how often I eat it. And it's so dead easy, with a stand mixer. Fantastic peanut butter toast, and avocado toast too. Oddly enough, with a fried egg sandwich, I don't like it, I still prefer an English muffin.
HalfPint February 1, 2019
Not a fair question. It's like asking which is your favorite child ;)
Gammy January 31, 2019
Kindred’s Milk Bread.... BEST...BREAD...RECIPE...EVER!!!