A beautiful, fresh-baked loaf of bread is perfect for every occasion. I’ve spent a lot of time working on bread recipes over the years, and I love creating simple, delicious and gorgeous recipes that range in flavors. From biscuits as part of a large feast to sweet breads with brunch to simple loaves for a sandwich or snack, there are so many ways to enjoy a loaf or slice.
As my beautiful pears ripened, the texture was as soft as an overly ripe banana, so I got the idea of making my banana bread recipe with chunks of the ripe pears. I added a bit of homemade granola, instead of the toasted coconut I usually put in banana bread.
I've spread Nutella on just about everything, but one of my favorites is freshly baked banana bread. In an "aha! moment" I decided to swirl the nutella right into the batter and bake them together. I'm not claiming to have discovered this combo, but I believe this may be the tastiest pairing ever there was.
Bread pudding is one of the those desserts that also doubles as breakfast, like pie and cake! No, really, it is full of eggs and toasty bread and this one just happens to have bits of chocolate and chunks of chestnuts.
Cinnamon rolls are a classic breakfast treat for any special occasion. You'll be surprised how easy this recipe is to make, and the resulting cinnamon rolls are pillowy and delicious, with the perfect amount of cinnamon and sweetness.
A shatteringly thin crust and a super light and stretchy interior is the bread most beloved by my family. This loaf delivers on all of it. The simple ingredients mixed with a short autolyze (just a fancy word for making a slurry of flour and water, then a quick rest), gives the bread the beautiful interior texture.
This is a no-knead challah bread adapted from my book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. You can bake one for yourself and gift the other to a friend or loved one. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.