There’s something irresistible about freshly baked bread, whether it’s chocolate chip banana bread or focaccia studded with vegetables. If you’ve got a free afternoon and a few cups of flour, head into the kitchen to make a loaf or two with your kiddos. Below, we’ve rounded up all our favorite bread recipes, everything from yeast-free quick bread to Challah bread and more. There’s even a garlic bread recipe you’ll want to make again and again. Read on to see them all.
You can’t go wrong with this classic, especially if you’ve got some overripe bananas hanging around. Our Editorial Director swears by this banana bread recipe, which has plain yogurt to make it extra moist. Click here to check it out.
Get some extra veggies into your kids with our favorite zucchini bread. It’s not too sweet, making it the perfect light breakfast or afternoon snack. To get the recipe, click here.
Pumpkin bread isn’t just for fall! With warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, it’s delicious enough to be added to your year-round rotation. Click here to get the recipe.
Pull-Apart Pizza Bread
Switch up pizza night with this awesome idea from FoodNetwork.com. Using store-bought pizza dough and your favorite toppings, this is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Honey Bread
If you’ve got a gluten intolerance in your family, this pumpkin honey bread is a must. Flax seeds keep it moist and give an omega-3 boost, and you can add walnuts or chocolate chips for some extra flair. Click here to get the recipe.
Pizza Dough without Yeast
Need a pizza fix ASAP? Go for this instant pizza dough from Inside the Rustic Kitchen! It skips the rising time of your standard homemade pizza dough and can be whipped up in just about five minutes. Get the kids to help, and you'll be all set! Snag the recipe here.
Color us impressed by this uber-creative idea from A Taste of Madness. Not only is it a bread recipe with no yeast, but it also gets a sneaky dose of flavor from salsa! Pair it with your fave soup or chili for a big dose of comfort food. Get the recipe here.
No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls
Want to make your whole house smell like a bakery? Turn to these cinnamon rolls from The View From Great Island. It's a no-knead and no-rise recipe, so these rolls are ready to eat in under an hour. Don't forget the icing! Get the recipe here.
Ready for some fun flatbread? The kiddos will love using this chapati (courtesy of Kitchen Sanctuary) to mop up soup, curries and stew. It only calls for a little bit of kneading and just five ingredients! Find the recipe here.
Irish Soda Bread
There's no need (and no knead) to wait for St. Patrick's Day to enjoy this Irish Soda Bread from Dinner at the Zoo. It's perfect for raisin bread lovers and a great option when you can't decide between sweet and savory. Score the recipe here.
Easy Drop Biscuits
Ready for a batch of biscuits that's no-frills, flaky and fluffy? Trust us, it's way easier to make than to say. This dreamy recipe from Well Plated is delish as-is, but you can also add extras like cheese and herbs. Get the recipe here.
Gluten-Free Spring Lemon-Herb Popovers
Forget your standard batter pancakes—these are actually a type of savory flatbread made from dough. They're super popular in China and Taiwan and a tasty way to bring something new to your dinner table. Get the recipe from Rasa Malaysia.
There's a lot to love about this cornbread from Kristine's Kitchen. One of our favorite things is that the ingredients include unsweetened applesauce for a healthy kick. Try it for yourself with this recipe.
If you’ve never made yeasted bread before, focaccia is a great place to start. It’s a breeze to make with this recipe from Laughing Spatula, and you can easily make it by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer. Click here to get the recipe.
Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic Hamburger Buns
Make your next barbecue extra special by making your own hamburger buns. This recipe from Gathered at My Table is simple but has great flavor thanks to the addition of roasted garlic. To get the recipe, click here.
Texas Toast Garlic Bread
There’s nothing better than fresh garlic bread, especially when it’s served up Texas toast style. This version from Amanda Cooks & Styles is a winner, with a buttery mix of garlic and spices on top. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread
For a twist on classic sandwich bread, try this recipe from Foods I Like. The banana helps keep the bread tender and adds a subtle fruity taste—perfect for that PB&J sandwich. To get the recipe, click here.
Cinnamon Raisin Dutch Oven Bread
Fluffy French Bread
Everyone needs a basic French bread recipe and this one from Eat. Dessert. Snack. is a great pick. It's delicious fresh out of the oven or toasted for breakfast. To get the recipe, along with tips on how to make your loaf tall and fluffy, click here.
Try your hand at homemade Challah with this great recipe from Scotch & Scones. The braiding process is easier than it looks, and it makes for a gorgeous finished product. Get all the details on how it’s done by clicking here.
Nutella Challah Braid
Focaccia Bread Art
Bread can be a work of art, like this pretty focaccia loaf from Ruchi’s Kitchen. The kids can help make designs on the bread using veggies like bell peppers, red onions and olives. Click here to get all the details.
Soft Dinner Rolls
These fluffy dinner rolls from The Subversive Table are just the thing to make your Sunday dinner special. The dough comes together mostly in the food processor with a little kneading by hand. To get the recipe, click here.
For a slightly more ambitious (but still doable!) cooking project, you’ve got to try this chocolate babka from Smitten Kitchen. The braided bread is gorgeous once it’s baked, and it tastes even better than it looks. Click here to get the recipe.
Soft Pretzel Bites
Soft pretzel lovers, take note! These bites from The Tailgate Foodie make the perfect appetizer for game day or any day. Paired with your favorite dipping sauce (ketchup, ranch, cheese—the possibilities are endless), these will disappear in no time. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Japanese Milk Bread
If you’ve never tried Japanese milk bread, now is the time! This recipe from Simmer + Sauce creates a springy, soft loaf with a hint of sweetness. It’s made through a unique process involving a roux. Click here to grab the recipe.
Cheddar Chive Biscuits
These buttery biscuits from Fixed on Fresh are delicious and super easy to make. The dough can be made in the food processor in minutes, and adding cheddar cheese and chives gives it an extra flavor boost. To get the recipe, click here.
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