Breadmaking is an art form that has made a comeback recently. With more time at home, people are experimenting with the delicious, and gorgeous, creations that are our daily bread.
Here are 9 bread recipes that don’t require a bread machine
Kneading the dough is a sensual, relaxing experience, shaping it is an art, and pulling it out of the oven and being enveloped with the heavenly scent of fresh-baked bread is a delight. Not to mention sitting down for a warm slice with a bit of butter.
Check out this roundup of recipes for some delicious inspiration.
Roasted Herb and Garlic No-Knead Bread
For some people kneading bread can make it seem intimidating, or take too long, or simply be too much work. But whoever said that all bread must be kneaded? Enjoy this roasted herb and garlic no-knead bread without all the fuss.
This Italian delight with its olive oil and sea salt is so versatile. Choose different toppings to make a new type of bread every time. This recipe uses fragrant rosemary and flaked salt to give the bread its simple yet divine flavor.
Sourdough is bread with a bite and its tanginess is a nice twist on the typical flavor of bread. Check out this simple recipe that combines both sourdough starter and a bit of yeast to accelerate the rising process.
No-Knead Bread in No Time
Seasoned bakers might be skeptical of this one. After all, the rising time is what gives bread it’s complex and delicious flavors. Yeast needs time to grow and slightly ferment. However, this recipe offers tips to accelerate the rising process and create a loaf of bread in far less time. The flavor will be a little different, but it’s hard to say that it actually suffers as this bread is also quite delicious.
Jewish Rye Bread
For something a bit heartier, bakers might like to try their hand at this deeply flavorful loaf. Don’t feel intimidated about making and feeding the starter, the hardest part is remembering to feed it on time and that’s what smartphone reminders are for.
Cornbread is a quick, delicious addition to a hearty soup or casserole. With no yeast or kneading this traditional Southern bread comes together in just a few minutes and can be ready in less than an hour.
Japanese Milk Bread Rolls
For tender, fluffy rolls every time, try this unique traditional Japanese bread. It uses a starter as well but is simpler than the Jewish rye or sourdough. It can be made in a few minutes on the stove and doesn’t require several days to grow.
This easy-to-make recipe has a presentation and flavor that will amaze even the most discerning guest. Rich flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and cheese make this bread a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Cinnamon Star Bread
This incredibly gorgeous, cinnamony bread is perfect for beginning bakers. The presentation looks complicated but is actually so easy that anyone can do it! It’s perfect as a breakfast bread or as a complement to a favorite holiday dish.
More inspiration for your bread recipes
If you’re looking to take your bread-making beyond just an occasional loaf, you might tune into Bread School from King Arthur Baking Company. This three-part series of videos from Martin Philip breaks down the nitty-gritty of bread-making using baguettes as an example. In part two next week, Martin and his son Arlo will brainstorm a brand new bread to create, and then in part three, they’ll make it for the very first time.
Whatever your level of making bread, we encourage you to try out a few new recipes and enjoy.