How To Make Homemade Bread

Learn how to make freshly baked bread in under an hour. These easy tips and fast recipes will show you how you can become an instant expert, homemade bread baker.
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Learn how to make freshly baked bread in under an hour. These easy tips and fast recipes will show you how you can become an instant expert, homemade bread baker.

Homemade Bread

Love homemade bread but never thought it would come out of your kitchen? Go from beginner to brag-worthy baker in 60 minutes.

Homemade Bread

Getting Started

To get beautiful bread in just 60 minutes, you've gotta bake smart. Here's 4 tips to pull it off:

1. Kick-start your dough: If you're using yeast, keeping the dough extra-warm and cozy can slash your rising time in half. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, turn it off, then stick in the dough. The heat encourages the yeast to gobble up the sugars in the dough and release carbon dioxide, which causes the dough to puff up.

2. Skip the yeast: Baking soda and baking powder can also give breads a boost -- and there's no waiting for the dough to rise. Baking soda needs something acidic (buttermilk, molasses) to create its loft. Baking powder is even easier -- it rises on its own.

Rule of Thumb: Baking is a science, which means accurate measurements are important. Embrace your measuring spoons!

Getting Started

Beat The Clock

3. Go steam-powered: Baked goods like popovers don't need any additional ingredients to reach their dramatic height. As they bake, the liquid in the batter turns to steam, causing them to pop up in the pan.

4. Cheat a little: Start with store-bought dough (it'll be our secret!), then shape and flavor it however you like. Find three ideas on page 10.

Rule of Thumb: Your mixer's dough hook kneads shaggy, sticky dough into smooth dough ready for baking -- no elbow grease required.

Beat The Clock

Puffy Dough

Even though you can make these breads in under and hour, be patient and let your dough rise completely. This is what you'll want to see as your dough rises: some nice bubbles and plenty of puff.

Puffy Dough

Yeasty Pull Apart Rolls

Make sure your dough is nice and puffy, this will ensure light and pillowy soft rolls.

Yeasty Pull-Apart Rolls

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Butter Brush

Brush your bread with a little melted butter before baking to give it a beautiful shiny, tasty top.

Butter Brush

Savory Cream Muffins

These savory muffins are perfect for BLD--breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looking for something sweet? Top the muffins with a fruit jam or butter.

Savory Cream Muffins

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Don't Do the Twist

Stamp, don't twist: Spinning the cutter seals the edges and prevents the biscuit from rising fully.

Stamp, don’t twist biscuits

Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sneak in some veggies with these hearty spiced biscuits. Try them alone or with a spread of butter, or get more creative and use them for your breakfast sandwich.

Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Cross Cut

Cutting a cross on the top of your loaf before baking lets the heat sneak in, cooking the bread perfectly all the way through and letting your bread bake taller.

Cross Cut

Cheddar Cheese Loaves

Who doesn't love cheese? These Cheddar Cheese Loaves are irresistible and a delicious accompaniment for any dish.

Cheddar Cheese Loaves

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Kitchen Substitute

Six-ounce custard cups or ramekins make a good stand-in for a popover pan. Just line 'em up on a baking sheet.

popover pan substitutes

Perfect Popovers

Serve your favorite jam or butter with these popovers light and crusty.

Perfect Popovers

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Creative Loafing

Turn store-bought dough into treats pretty enough for any breadbasket in the next 3 treats!

Creative Loafing

Red Onion Pinwheels

These rolls are the savory sister of the cinnamon bun and full of swirls of flavor.

Red Onion Pinwheels

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Salty Sticks

Try these salty pretzel-like sticks when you're tired of your normal breadstick!

Salty Sticks

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Grape Foccacia

Grapes add a bit of sweetness to this pillowy Italian bread.

Grape Focaccia

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