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
For a tender white loaf that's a bit moister and denser than other breads, try this simple recipe shared by Jeannine Norder of Eaton Rapids, Michigan. It's equally good whether you use beer of ginger ale.
Looking for an alternative to garlic bread? Try this golden focaccia bread that's a big hit at our house. The dough is easy to whip up in the bread machine, then season with rosemary, garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. I serve it warm whenever we're having spaghetti or another Italian dish.
-Kay King, Dyersville, Iowa
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
My husband loves whole wheat bread, so I have adapted most of my recipes to accommodate his taste buds. The creamy honey butter adds a little sweetness to these airy golden brown yeast rolls.
-Linda Gunn, Reynolds, Georgia
"Toasted slices of this moist banana bread are wonderful for breakfast," reports Jackie Kew of Grand Island, New York. "For a special treat, I sometimes substitute chocolate chips for half or all of the raisins," she adds.