Bread is one of life’s greatest joys. The bakery favorite goes with everything—breakfast-worthy jams, delicious lunch deli meats, and hearty dinner soups. Given this, it’s little surprise that so many of us are tempted to make homemade versions of the stuff. The only issue? Bread can be really hard to make. Thankfully, a handful of enterprising food bloggers have blessed us with homemade bread recipes that are actually easy to throw together.
Looking for a quick bread recipe that calls for no yeast—and even better, no kneading? You’ve got it. But you can just as easily find a more advanced recipe, like an artisan take on sourdough. Since homemade bread recipes abound, it’s easy to find one that suits your skill level—and your palette. And we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a few of our favorite options, below.
The Recipe: Artisan Bread
Why We Love It: This Artisan Bread recipe is perfect for first-time bakers. Why? It takes less time and effort than sourdough, but still produces a stunning, impressive loaf. Whereas sourdough can take a full 2.5 days to make, this Artisan Bread recipe requires a mere 5 hours—and most of that time is hands off. Yes, you’ll still have to do some proofing and folding. But all things considered, this recipe is pretty easy—and its result is absolutely delicious.
Pro Tip: When proofing your bread, Sonja and Alex, the team behind A Couple Cooks, recommend using a banneton, or a bread-proofing basket. But if you don’t have one, they say you can just as easily use a large bowl with a tea towel. Just make sure your towel is relatively thin (a terry cloth dish towel will be too thick!).
The Hero Ingredient: Yeast is the thing that makes this recipe so easy to throw together. It’s lower-maintenance than a sourdough starter, so you won’t have to cultivate it for weeks before baking. It’s also less sensitive during proofs—and it’ll give your bread that fluffy rise you’re looking for.
Boston Brown Bread
The Recipe: Boston Brown Bread
Why We Love It: This Boston Brown Bread recipe is dense, moist, and hearty—making it a particularly cold weather-friendly option. And since the recipe demands no yeast and no kneading, it’s super easy to throw together. Simply mix your ingredients in a bowl, pour the batter in a baking dish, and pop your bread in the oven. After just 45 minutes of cooking, your bread should be ready to enjoy—though you might want to let it cool for 10 minutes before digging in.
Pro Tip: OK, your bread caved in while cooking—what now? Elizabeth of Bowl of Delicious says this is totally normal. Use a toothpick to determine whether your bread is fully cooked, and take it out of the oven when it is. And if you’re concerned about your loaf’s appearance, simply flip it over to hide the dent.
The Hero Ingredient: There are a lot of superstar ingredients in this hearty bread, like rye flour, cornmeal, and maple syrup. But molasses is the thing that holds it all together. The sweet viscous liquid will thicken up your bread batter, making your loaf seriously moist. Plus, its rich sweetness pairs well with everything from butter to baked beans.
Easy Focaccia Bread
The Recipe: Easy Focaccia Bread
Why We Love It: Focaccia is a fan favorite for a reason—it’s delicious. And this Creme de la Crumb recipe makes it easy to whip up at home. Mix up some flour, yeast, salt, and sugar, then throw in a little warm water and olive oil. Pour this batter into a baking dish, and voila—you’re already well on your way to a delicious loaf of focaccia. Partway through your bake, use a wooden spoon to poke holes in your batter, and sprinkle on some olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Give the loaf another 15 minutes in your oven, and you should be good to go.
Pro Tip: This recipe is so quick and easy because it relies on store-bought yeast. So don’t feel awkward about using the prepackaged stuff. Anything that gives you focaccia bread in 35 minutes is worth it.
The Hero Ingredient: Focaccia has an awesome texture, but the toppings are what make it really special. Tiffany of Creme de la Crumb recommends using an Italian seasoning blend—plus a little garlic and some shredded Parmesan cheese. But the beauty of at-home breadmaking is that you’re in control. So feel free to get creative.
No-Knead Sourdough Bread
The Recipe: No-Knead Sourdough Bread
Why We Love It: Sourdough bread is delicious, but making it can be an involved process. Sylvia of Feasting at Home gets this—and that’s exactly what makes this recipe so great. Follow 7 simple steps, and you’ll have a fresh sourdough loaf in no time. (Well, “no time” by sourdough standards.) Mix your dough the night before, proof it overnight, shape it in the morning, pop it into your oven, and wait. Once the loaf is done cooking, you’ll need a few extra minutes of patience to let it cool before digging in.
Pro Tip: Before you can bake a sourdough loaf, you’ll need a sourdough starter, which is basically a wild yeast you’ve fermented in your home. Your sourdough starter will help your bread rise—and it’ll also fill it with flavor. Feeling intimidated? Don’t be. Sylvia has a super easy sourdough starter recipe you can follow before tackling this one.
The Hero Ingredient: The hero ingredient of any sourdough recipe is the sourdough starter. It gives the loaf its flavor and texture, and your starter will be unique to your environment. The thing that’s fun about sourdough is how much control it gives the baker. You get to manipulate the flavors until they suit your preferences perfectly—and that process begins with your sourdough starter.
Easy Beer Bread
The Recipe: Easy Beer Bread
Why We Love It: The best thing about this Easy Beer Bread recipe? You only need 3 ingredients to make it. (Of course, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can always tackle the enhanced version—which demands 8 ingredients and a little more work.) Simply mix beer with self-rising flour and granulated sugar, pour the batter into a pan, and pop the pan in your oven. After just 45 minutes, you’ll have a delicious loaf of bread worth slathering with jelly, dipping in soups, or using for sandwiches.
Pro Tip: If you want to maintain the crunchy crust on your beer bread, Toni of Boulder Locavore recommends keeping it out of the fridge. And if you really want to keep it crispy, you can always toast it before serving.
The Hero Ingredient: Self-rising flour and beer are obvious MVPs in this recipe—considering they’re the only ingredients you need to whip up this bread. But the one-fourth cup of granulated sugar goes a long way in balancing out the flavor. So while you may feel tempted to skip it, be sure not to.
Rosemary French Bread
The Recipe: Rosemary French Bread
Why We Love It: This The Butter Half recipe delivers a delicious rosemary baguette in just 2 hours, complete with a crunchy crust and a moist interior. The recipe itself is a little demanding—you’ll have to do some kneading, proofing, and rolling. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, if you’re hoping to learn more about breadmaking, this is a great recipe to start with.
Pro Tip: Kneading can get exhausting, but it’ll make or break the texture of your bread. Abbey of The Butter Half recommends taking your time with this step. Keep kneading until your dough feels soft and elastic. “Don't be lazy by only kneading for 3 minutes,” she says. “Been there, done that—crap bread!”
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh rosemary fills this baguette with flavor, making it taste like the kind of thing you’d find at a market in France. Once you’ve mastered this recipe, feel free to experiment with other herbs and toppings. Creativity is one of the joys of at-home baking, after all.
Whole Wheat Honey Brown Bread
The Recipe: Whole Wheat Honey Brown Bread
Why We Love It: Whole wheat bread is a classic pantry staple. And this Eating Bird Food recipe makes it easy to whip up your own. Use whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt to make your base, and add flavor with cinnamon, honey, and orange zest. Since the recipe doesn’t require any kneading, you’ll be able to throw it together in a pinch.
Pro Tip: If you want a slightly more indulgent loaf, you can swap out the Greek yogurt and use buttermilk, instead. You can also sub molasses in for honey to get a richer, darker flavor.
The Hero Ingredient: Orange zest makes this recipe feel a little bit fancy, adding a citrusy bitterness that balances out the other ingredients. The best part, of course, is that zesting an orange isn’t very hard. So you’ll feel like you’re whipping up a gourmet dish—without exerting too much effort.
No-Knead Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Bread
The Recipe: No-Knead Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Bread
Why We Love It: Rosemary, garlic, and Parmesan are three of our favorite things. And this easy recipe combines all of them to produce some seriously delicious bread. Simply mix up your ingredients, do a little proofing, roll your dough into balls, and pop those balls in the oven. After 10–15 minutes of cooking, top your bread with shredded Parmesan—and chow down.
Pro Tip: This bread tastes better when served with herb butter, so while you’re waiting for your bread to proof (or cook), whip some up. Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest includes an easy herb butter recipe that gets its flavor from basil, oregano, chives, and red pepper flakes—yum.
The Hero Ingredient: Garlic makes a delicious addition to any recipe, but it tastes particularly great in bread. This recipe calls for 1–2 cloves of grated garlic. But since Tieghan recommends seasoning to taste, you could definitely throw a couple more in if you’re feeling tempted to.
Gluten-Free Potato Bread
The Recipe: Gluten-Free Potato Bread
Why We Love It: Gluten-free bread may seem like a tough pastry to tackle, but this Cotter Crunch recipe makes it surprisingly easy. With just 30 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of cook time, you’ll end up with a soft, delicious loaf—no kneading required. And since the only out-of-the-ordinary ingredients you’ll need are almond flour and tapioca flour, this recipe should be pretty easy to pull off.
Pro Tip: If you want to tackle a more challenging gluten-free bread and get a more intense rise, Lindsay Cotter of Cotter Crunch recommends using gluten-free all-purpose flour and active yeast. She says this recipe is particularly great in a bread machine. But if you don’t have one, no worries—you can simply add these ingredients to the mix and follow the instructions in her original recipe.
The Hero Ingredient: Seasoning gives this bread a welcome dose of flavor. Lindsay Cotter recommends basil, oregano, rosemary, or dill—but the choice is ultimately yours.