Is it spring yet? We haven’t seen much of a dramatic change in the weather, but we’re optimistic that we just need to bide our time. And what better way to pass an hour or two than by baking a warm loaf of bread? Bring those satisfying and evocative aromas wafting out of your oven and through your home.
From sweet to savory, here are recipes for eight delicious breads. Even if the temperatures haven’t risen to perfect conditions, at least the yeast can.
1. Butternut Squash
When you think butternut squash, “light and airy” probably aren’t the first words that come to mind, as it’s such a hearty, satisfying ingredient. But you’ll have to totally reevaluate your idea of squash once you try this fluffy, yeasty Butternut Squash Bread.
The mellow sweetness of the carrot makes it an obvious choice for breads both sweet and savory, and because of its high water content, you won’t have to worry about the bread drying out in the oven. We recommend this recipe for Carrot Bread, studded with walnuts and raisins for texture. You don’t need the excuse of a birthday to eat a cake this good.
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And now for something a bit more savory! Monterey Jack cheese may be keeping this pull-apart Bloomin’ Onion Bread together, but the real star here is the onion, whose earthy, tangy taste unites all the flavors.
4. Sweet Potato
This Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread recipe makes a light and spicy loaf. It tastes perfect warmed up in the morning with a little bit of butter.
5. Sundried Tomato
When you can’t get to the sun, make the sun come to you. Tomatoes may not be in season right now, but the sundried tomatoes that dot this Pepperoni Pizza Quick Bread are always available. Combine those with nuggets of pepperoni and melty pockets of mozzarella oozing within, and you have yourself an irresistible savory bread that’s bound to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Perfect for sandwiches with melted cheese, or toasted and given a spread of butter, this dense, soft bread has only a very subtle flavor of beets. Its color, on the other hand, is pretty bold.
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The only aroma better than bread baking has got to be garlic bread baking. Especially when you get some rosemary involved, too. The garlic releases aromatic oils as it cooks, leaving trails of deliciousness through this Easy Artisan Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread. Yum!
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Why mess with a classic? The earthiness of pumpkin pairs perfectly with warming winter spices for a sweet, fragrant loaf of Spiced Pumpkin Bread. It’s a great option to bring to a potluck brunch, and if you’re craving something even sweeter, you can always add some cream cheese frosting to up the decadence factor.
No matter which recipe you decide to take on, you’ll find that winter’s last stand and fresh-baked breads are a match made in heaven. Happy baking!