From perfect sourdough to zesty cornbread to drool-worthy banana bread, these recipes will have you firing up your oven in 3...2...1...

So you tried sourdough and it didn’t work out for you. Or maybe it did, but you’re looking for a new glutinous challenge. We’ve got some ideas, from classic to sweet to a little out there. (Tomato bread—it’s a thing.)

We do have a sourdough recipe if you’re ready to get back on that horse. It’s a pretty easy one with directions included for a nearly foolproof starter, so we think you’ll be set up to succeed. Other classic loaves in the list include ryean Irish soda bread, and maybe the most tender and delicious whole-wheat loaf ever.

For something a little different, try a flatbread, that staple of the Middle East and North Africa that is at least as versatile as pizza crust—and which actually does make a good pizza crust, come to think of it. Top it with veggies, make it a platform for minted lamb, or use it to scoop up your dinner Ethiopian style.

Bread isn’t just for the evening meal, of course. We’ve got several biscuit recipes, including the most buttery, flaky treats imaginable, courtesy of Northern California’s Manresa bakery. These biscuits were a favorite of Sunset staff, and flew off the test kitchen cooling racks when the recipe was being scaled down and adapted for home chefs.

We’ve got rolls and cornbread perfect as a side to just about any dish. And we’ve included a few sweet loaves as well, some of which just about double as dessert—like cranberry-orange bread with Grand Marnier glaze—and some of which are simply classic, like banana bread. Happy baking!

Favorite Bread Recipes

Classic Loaves

Flatbreads

Cornbreads

Rolls, Breads, and Biscuits

Sweet Breads

Classic Loaves

Flatbreads

Cornbreads

Rolls, Breads, and Biscuits

Sweet Breads


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