This is authentic ciambellotto, a sweet loaf my great-grandmother used to bake in Italy. I still use her traditional recipe—the only update I made was for modern appliances.—Denise Perrin, Vancouver, Washington
In Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Tom Hilliker uses refrigerated pizza dough to create these savory squares with Italian flair. Serve them with a salad or soup, or try them as a snack with spaghetti sauce for dipping.
"I adapted a recipe for herb bread to come up with this flavorful version that's become one of our favorites," writes LeAne Swanson Chab of Palmdale, California. "My bread machine makes a smaller size loaf, which is perfect for my husband and me."
"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"
This yeast bread is so pretty, with a swirl of herbs in each slice! It's great with soups or stews or toasted and served with reduced-fat margarine. Try it with whatever herbs are growing in your garden.
—Laura Dennison of Pensacola, Florida
Rosemary, garlic salt and Parmesan cheese give incredible flavor to this round loaf from Patty Lashbrook. "Crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, it's great with Italian food," writes the San Jose, California reader. "I serve warm slices along with peppered olive oil."
"These crisp buttery croutons are so good," comments Ellen Benninger of Greenville, Pennsylvania. "I don't know where I got the recipe, but I've been using it for more than 10 years." Toss the croutons in a salad, garnish a bowl of soup with them or sprinkle them on top of a creamy casserole.