Win the hearts—and appetites—of friends and family with fresh-baked biscuits, rolls, and loaves of bread. With flavors that are sure to be heartwarming, fresh, and completely delicious, these homemade breads rival those of even the best bakery. Your home will smell fantastic and your guests will certainly thank you.
Savory Sage and Thyme Brioche Loaves
With just enough black pepper to make it spicy and herbs and duck fat to add richness, this bread is the epitome of savory and delicious. Duck fat can be found at specialty stores, but you can substitute chicken or turkey fat as well. Make sure to purchase active dry yeast (as opposed to rapid rise) for this recipe. We love the idea of a slice or two smothered in gravy, using this bread for a upgraded turkey sandwich, or using it to make a grilled cheese that's out-of-this-world.
Golden Raisin and Honey Challah
This traditionally Jewish bread requires 2 rising times, but the rich anf fluffy result is definitely worth it. Toast it, top it with jam, or use leftovers in French toast. You can also use dark raisins, dried cranberries, or omit the raisins completely, if desired. Divide the dough into 3 pieces for easier braiding.
Rosemary-Asiago Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Rolls
Bake these light and tender whole-grain rolls ahead and freeze up to 1 month, or make the dough ahead and bake on the day: Punch down the risen dough to form a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours or overnight. Return to a bowl and let rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours before shaping.
Cloverleaf RollsFrom the Kitchen of Cheryl Slocum, Senior Food Editor. "The smell of freshly risen dough always takes me back to my mom's rolls."
Buttermilk Spoonbread with Spaghetti SquashInspired by her grandmother's cornbread dressing and her mother's resourcefulness, Christensen added spaghetti squash to cornbread to create this custardy side. Note: Do not use sweet cornbread with this recipe.
Angel BiscuitsNestle these yeast biscuits snug together in the pan and they'll rise even higher when baked. You don't have to use all the dough at once--refrigerate in an airtight container up to 5 days.
Buttered Sweet Potato Knot RollsAdd subtle sweetness to dinner rolls by stirring canned mashed sweet potato into the yeast mixture.
Fresh Thyme PopoversNo meal is complete without fresh-from-the-oven bread. From sweet rolls to savory biscuits, we have easy bread recipes to suit every menu.Fresh thyme is the key to this fragrant, savory bread, which pairs perfectly with beef tenderloin. To get the fluffiest popovers, be sure that your milk and eggs are room temperature and do not open the oven door while baking.
Orange Bubble BreadReminiscent of sweet orange rolls, this easy pull-apart bread won raves in our Test Kitchens and is a great choice for a holiday breakfast or brunch.
Potato RollsAdding potato to the dough creates light texture and makes these rolls ideal for serving with a holiday meal or to use for miniature sandwiches at a holiday open house.
Buttery Dinner RollsMake this your “go-to’ roll recipe whenever you’re having company. The dough is very easy to work with, and the recipe has a number of flavor variations.
Pecan Sticky BunsOoey-gooey sticky buns topped with pecan halves are a fun, festive treat during the holiday season. We've included instructions for "making it" (using frozen bread dough) or "faking it" (using brown-and-serve rolls).
Flaky Dinner RollsThese beautiful homemade dinner rolls are perfect for both first-time bakers and seasoned cooks. Reviewer Cookinnotwritin raves, "I've never made anything with yeast before in my life, but these made me feel like a pro! I made them for Thanksgiving last year, and I thought they looked so pretty."
Jalapeño BiscuitsThese 6-ingredient biscuits get a spicy kick from jalapeno pepper.
Orange-Pecan MuffinsThese muffins are a wonderful way to start the day. Orange juice and toasted pecans lend delicious flavor. Bake and freeze these muffins ahead of time to get a jumpstart on holiday meal preparations.
Nana's Rosemary Biscuits with CranberriesWhen punching out dough rounds, avoid twisting the biscuit cutter, which will seal the edges and interfere with rising.
Cranberry-Sweet Potato Quick BreadThis quick bread melds the seasonal flavors of cranberry and sweet potato into an irresistible treat. Just mix the batter, spoon into a loaf ban, and bake. It's a great way to use up leftover cranberries, orange juice, and canned sweet potato, too.
Mini Fruit and Sunflower LoavesThese mini-loaves make great Christmas gifts. Reviewer Cookingactivist raves, "This bread is outstanding. Sweet and mapley. More moist and sinful tasting than one would think from a light quick bread."
Seeded Multigrain BreadFor a weeknight loaf, mix up the flour and yeast in step 1 at night; make the dough the next morning, and proof it in the refrigerator all day. After work, shape and bake the bread as directed in steps 4 through 6.
Jalapeño Cornbread MuffinsFor a milder muffin, remove the seeds from the jalapeños before dicing.
Whole-Grain Corn BreadMedium to fine-ground cornmeal works well for this corn bread, but you can substitute a coarser grind if you prefer a heftier texture.
Easy Butter RollsThese tasty rolls are a great and easy make-ahead option for the holidays.
Sweet ChallahChallah is a traditional Jewish yeast bread served on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions. Its light and airy texture makes challah perfect for any holiday celebration table. "My family also made this for part of our Thanksgiving dinner," writes reviewer Kariobrion. "It was wonderful and actually looked just like the photo—that NEVER happens!"
Orange, Honey, and Thyme BiscuitsBake biscuits up to a day ahead, and keep in a sealed zip-top plastic bag.
Pumpkin-Date Loaf with Cream Cheese SwirlTry this top-rated twist on classic pumpkin bread. The dates add extra sweetness; if you prefer, substitute raisins or leave the dates out altogether. Reviewer Meussen was so enamored with this bread, she and her husband ate the whole loaf in less than 12 hours. She writes, "If you haven't tried this bread, you haven't lived."
Two-Seed Bread KnotsGo for delicious and beautiful with these tasty yeast rolls. The dough requires just 20 minutes to rise and doesn't have to be kneaded by hand. As reviewer Vdunigan1 points out, the short prep time makes these rolls "a great recipe for any night of the week." Serve these little darlings with honey butter.
Sweet Potato BiscuitsThis biscuit recipe incorporates leftover sweet potatoes, so you can—and should—keep making it after the holidays wind down. Reviewer GEMDOCTOR says that these are "much more flavorful than regular biscuits" and recommends making enough for second and third helpings. Plus, you'll get the extra nutritional benefits from the sweet potatoes, like vitamins A and C.
Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese IcingThese homemade cinnamon rolls with a thick, sweet cream cheese frosting will make you a superstar when you serve them to friends and family during the holidays.
Mini Banana-Cranberry Nut Bread LoavesMake banana bread special for the holidays by adding pecans and fresh cranberries and topping the loaf with an orange glaze. These mini loaves make great gifts, but you’ll want to keep at least one for yourself.
Herb-and-Cream BiscuitsThe crème fraîche and herbs make these a perfect choice for Thanksgiving dinner. They are so rich you won't even need to butter them before eating.
Graham Cracker Rolls"This roll recipe was discovered by my wonderful mother, who was an amazing cook and loved to try new recipes. It's still a favorite with my family because of the flavor that the graham cracker crumbs give the rolls." --SL reader Allison Fogle
Spoon Bread Corn MuffinsWe adapted these custard-like muffins from a recipe in The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock and tested with J.T. Pollard Extra-Fine White Corn Meal because our friend Scott Peacock swears by it. To order a bag, call the company at 33 4/588-3391.
Hazelnut Rye RollsRye flour and hazelnuts have a distinct rich flavor that makes these rolls anything but an afterthought. Make ahead, and freeze up to 1 month.
Pecan-Pumpkin DropsTake canned pumpkin out of the pie shell realm and stir into tender drop biscuits. Making turkey soup tomorrow? You can serve these alongside, spread with a little honey butter.