There’s nothing more satisfying than the smell of bread baking in the oven—other than slicing into that freshly made loaf. While making bread from scratch can seem daunting, it’s quite easy once you get the hang of basic bread-making techniques. Follow along with our complete guide to baking breads of all kinds, from yeasted loaves to easy quick breads.
Classic Bread Recipes
If you’re new to bread making, it’s best to start with the basics. Our recipe for Basic Homemade White Bread is a great place to start to get you familiar with yeast bread procedure. Be sure to check out our favorite recipes for next-step breads like crusty artisan loaves, quick bread, rolls and more.
- Homemade bread of all kinds: Check out 100 of our most-loved bread recipes.
- Braided bread: These recipes are works of art (and delicious too!).
- Homemade rolls: Make rolls and buns from scratch.
- Bread machine recipes: Dust off your bread maker for these recipes.
- Quick breads: Skip the proofing and go for simple, never-fail quick breads.
Mastered the classics? Here are our editor’s picks for what to make next:
Bread Baking Tips
Baking bread is a technical process and often fussy. Learn how to master these basics—like choosing the right yeast—and you’ll be set for successful baking.
The Gear You Need to Start Baking Bread
A few basic tools will have you ready to make all kinds of homemade bread. Start with a couple of loaf pans and these other must-haves and you’ll be on your way to all our favorite bread recipes.
- Invest in a bread box: The rumors are true. This old-school storage method really does keep your bread fresher for longer. Learn how.
- Know your temps: It’s essential to proof yeast in water that’s between 105 and 115 degrees. An instant-read thermometer, like this Test Kitchen-favorite from ThermoWorks ($99), will get rid of any guesswork.
- Stock up on general baking essentials: Check out all the tools you need for every day baking with our complete baking supply guide.
Be sure to check out these answers to some of the most common bread baking questions.
Q: What are the different types of bread?
A: Breads fall into two main categories: yeasted and quick breads. Yeasted bread—which includes everything from sandwich bread to sourdough to cinnamon rolls—require yeast to rise. These breads are kneaded and left to rise before baking.
Q: How do you keep bread fresh?
A: Bread is almost never as good as it was the day it was first made. However, you can keep your bread tasting as fresh as possible by keeping it wrapped in the plastic bag it came in or by using an old fashioned bread box. They really do work!
If your bread does get stale, though, you can revive it with this method—or use it to make croutons or French toast!
Q: How do you freeze bread?
A: Freezing bread is a great way to keep your homemade loaves from going to waste, as bread freezes incredibly well. To freeze bread: Let the loaf cool completely and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. To guard against freezer burn, wrap it again in freezer paper. Always date your frozen bread and try to use it up within six months. To learn more, read up on these bread freezing best practices.
Bake These Next
Some of our favorite bread recipes go way beyond basic. Check out some of our readers’ favorite ways to make banana bread, monkey bread (psst: there are sweet and savory versions) and brunch-ready cinnamon rolls.