Crackling homemade bread makes an average day extraordinary. Enjoy this beautiful loaf as is, or stir in a few favorites like cheese, garlic, herbs and dried fruits. —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This recipe came form my mom, who is an excellent cook. It always gets rave reviews. Although fairly simple to make, when you finish you'll feel a sense of accomplishment because it tastes delicious and looks so impressive.
This recipe has been passed down through my family from my Swedish great-grandmother. Last Christmas, my 78-year-old mom made and distributed 25 of these loaves. The slightly sweet bread receives high praise, even from my children, who are picky eaters.
-Patricia Finch Kelly, Rindge, New Hampshire
Crunchy, green hulled pumpkin seeds (better known as pepitas)add a slightly nutty taste to this rich and moist bread. Because of their high oil content, pepitas can spoil quickly. Make sure you store them in the freezer to keep them fresh. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
"Delight family and friends with these soft tender yeast rolls that are done in a jiffy, thanks to quick-rise yeast," suggests Debbie Graber of Eureka, Nevada. "My family especially likes them with sausage gravy," she says.
For a fun sweet treat that's certain to satisfy, try this recipe. Drizzled with icing, each finger-licking piece has a yummy surprise filling of apples and pecans. It's well worth the bit of extra effort.
-Carolyn Gregory, Hendersonville, Tennessee
Any time we take this savory, satisfying bread to a potluck, it goes over very well. We never bring any home. My husband generally makes this bread and prides himself on the beautiful golden loaves.
-Shirley Caldwell, Northwood, Ohio