Want to Bake Bread at Home? Start with These 7 Beginner Bread Recipes

updated Jun 29, 2023
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So, I hear you want to bake bread! That’s music to my bread-loving ears and I can’t wait to help you get started. Bread baking isn’t hard per se, but it can be intimidating. We’ve all been there, and I can tell you from experience that it’s easier than it seems. Even if you’ve never opened a package of yeast or taken your KitchenAid’s dough hook out of the box, don’t worry about a thing, you’ve got this.

Starting with the most simple bread recipes is the key to learning the basics and gaining confidence. These seven recipes, including no-knead bread, are far from complicated but are sure to result in seriously good loaves that might just rival your local bakery.

Helpful Bread-Making Tips & Advice

But before we get the recipes, let’s start with some helpful tips that will hopefully answer some of the common questions that are likely swirling around your mind. Because even if you’re working with basic loaves, there are sure to be questions that arise in the process. Am I using the right yeast? Is it rising properly? Did I knead the loaf too much? Did I knead it enough? Luckily, we’re here to help answer all of these and more.

7 Beginner Bread Recipes to Start Baking at Home

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How To Make No-Knead Bread
This loaf is the simplest bread we know how to bake at home and it requires no stand mixer, no starter, no special knowledge, and no kneading.
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How To Make No-Time Bread
If you have time, make a slow-rise dough. If you don't have time, don't forgo bread — try no-time bread.
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Roasted Garlic and Herb No-Knead Bread
This garlic and herb no-knead bread tastes far better than basic garlic bread — especially when you slather the still-warm slices with a little butter.
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Basic White Sandwich Bread
If you've been thinking of trying your hand at homemade sandwich bread, here's a great recipe to make first.
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How To Make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

A loaf of whole wheat bread is a wonderful thing. Slices have a chewy texture with a deep nutty flavor, perfect for a tuna fish sandwich or an afternoon snack spread with peanut butter. Here is my favorite recipe to make at home.

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No-Knead Skillet Focaccia
A simple no-knead rosemary focaccia recipe that's a perfect bread to serve at the dinner table.
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How To Make Easy Rosemary Focaccia

You can use this recipe as a base for all your favorite focaccia toppings. But just for today, try it plain and simple with a glass of deep red wine and maybe a wedge of cheese on the side. It’s really quite delicious.

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When You’re Ready for More

Once you feel confident with the basic breads above, feel free to try experimenting with more. These roundups and recipes are sure to take you to the next level in your bread baking routine.