Bread

There's something essential about bread-especially, warm, spread with butter-that most of us are powerless to resist (carb cutters, how do you do it?). The variety of bread recipes is endless: dark, nutty rye, tangy sourdough, pillowy dinner rolls, crusty baguettes - you could sample a different type of bread every day for a month and still not make a dent in the options. Don't let a bread machine do all the work. There's something comforting about baking artisan homemade bread - the smell of yeast in the air, and the act of kneading dough to the smoothness of a baby's bottom feels like exactly what it is: a ritual that's been done for thousands of years.

Tuscan Polenta Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

Cornmeal is the basis for this Italian-inspired quick bread recipe that's best served warm with melted butter.

Cloverleaf Rolls

Midwest Living

Mom's Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

This healthy bread is loaded with whole grains and is delicious for sandwiches or toast.

Poinsettia-Shape Fruit Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

The sprinkling of dried fruits adds an extra touch of holiday magic to this yeast bread.

Peach of a Bread

Midwest Living

Peaches add moistness to this quick bread.

Spicy Salt Twists

Better Homes and Gardens

These breadsticks, made with puff pastry, are filled with cheese, sprinkled with more cheese and a few spices, then baked crisp to munch as appetizers or to serve with soups.

Cheddar-Herb Bread Mix

Midwest Living

Ideal for Christmas gifts, the Basic Mix recipe can be made ahead and stored up to 1 month. When you're ready to bake the bread, add fresh herbs and cheddar cheese for a flavor-packed option.

Holiday Stollen

Midwest Living

Rosemary Biscuits

Midwest Living

Cornmeal Biscuits

Midwest Living

Lemon Bread

Diabetic Living

Pistachio-Chive Crisps

Better Homes and Gardens

Savory nut-topped crackers are an impressive but easy appetizer served with a sour cream and caper mustard dip.

Dill and Cheese Beer Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

You don't have to be an experienced bread baker to make this savory loaf. It's as simple as stirring and baking!

Lemon Bread

Family Circle

This quick bread has a double dose of lemon flavor: grated rind in the batter and juice in the icing.

Banana-Walnut Bread

Family Circle

Extra-ripe fruit makes for an extra-moist loaf. Ripen bananas on the countertop for about four days before preparing this quick bread recipe.

Corn Bread Cactus

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this fun shaped cornbread with a big bowl of chili or soup for dinner.

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