French bread, crispy on the outside, warm and soft inside, is one of life's greatest treats, and it's easy to make with our recipes. We've also got plenty of great ways to combine French bread with other ingredients for memorable appetizers and sandwiches.See Popular French Bread Recipes
F&W's Grace Parisi reinvents the classic grilled cheese.
This yeast bread recipe, also called a brioche, has a lightly sweet and rich flavor. Braided and shaped, it encircles fruit or a container of spread when served.
There are few smells better than that of freshly baked bread, and knowing how to make French bread will cause your kitchen to smell just like the bakery down the street.
Learn how to make french bread and your kitchen will smell like a lovely corner bakery. There are few things better than breaking warm, fresh bread at dinner time.
When this fat-free loaf is pulled from the oven, bread lovers will appreciate the effort.
Awaken taste buds with creamy Brie, crunchy apples, and savory prosciutto served on lightly toasted baguette slices.
Eggplant, zucchini, and squash are all high in nutrients that fill you up, but are low in calories, making them ideal for a lunch recipe.
Sometimes the simple things can seem the most indulgent. Such is the case with French toast--delectably battered and lightly fried slices of bread, dripping in maple syrup, served with a side of fresh fruit and a warm mug of coffee. It's the kind of meal that could just as well come from a fancy restaurant brunch, but can seem like even more of a treat when enjoyed in your own fuzzy slippers. Lucky for you, it's easy to learn how to make French toast.
You don't often say "France" and "superheroes" in the same breath (or maybe you do!), but French toast really does come to the rescue -- of otherwise-useless stale bread. It has evolved into a Sunday-morning staple, yet making your homemade version as good as your local brunch emporium's is not as easy as it should be.
We can thank Native Americans for helping make pumpkin bread a fall classic. Native Americans commonly used pumpkins for food and pumpkin vines as a material to make woven mats, and they were the ones who introduced European settlers to pumpkin. The settlers combined Old World cooking ideas with the new ingredients they encountered in the New World, leading to a variety of new dishes, pumpkin bread among them.
I remember my first pumpkin pie. I was at the supermarket near my newly minted first apartment, reveling in the amazing feeling of filling my very own actual shopping cart with whatever I thought necessary (generally this was Tab, smoked Gouda, and a French bread, which would last me most of a week) when I noticed cans of pumpkin pie filling stacked in a pyramid, next to the graham cracker crusts. "Oh my god," I breathed. "
Hot enough for you? Wouldn't it be nice on these blazing summer nights if you could simply whip up a fresh, homemade pizza--a quick, easy pie that didn't involve a lot of oven time? Can't do that, but you could make a classic Swiss fondue -- in just half an hour -- with lots of rich and gooey melted cheese, slices of crusty French bread, hard salami, and a bunch of pickles on the side.
Anything Goes with The Anything Frittata. Okay, it's true that a lot of things do go with this amazingly satisfying, super-easy skillet of an egg dish -- a simple green salad, a nice loaf of French or Italian bread, maybe even a side of toast or some blueberry muffins. But that isn't really the point; I just couldn't resist pairing the famous Cole Porter song with the name of the recipe.
iStockToday, the range of breads at stores can be daunting. Not only has there been a resurgence of interest in traditional bread-baking methods (giving us everything from French baguettes and Italian focaccia to Swedish rye and German pumpernickel), but more stores are reintroducing in-store bakeries and baking fresh bread on-site, and manufacturers are developing breads to appeal to special diets. Here are a few of the most common labels and what they mean (either from a legal perspective or just plain marketing).