Easy Bread Recipes for beginning bakers

Easy pita bread recipe

You don’t need a culinary degree to whip up a great homemade bread, you just need the desire (check) the time (check) and a few good recipes (triple check!) I’m a lazy baker at heart, so I specialize in easy bread recipes that taste amazing, but skip the annoying bits…

A loaf of homemade bread on a cutting board.

I’ve collected some of my best beginning baker bread recipes from the archives ~ some are yeast free, some are no knead, some are super quick and others are just stupid easy. Baking bread is satisfying, and a proven stress buster, so even if you’ve never torn open a packet of yeast in your life, now is a really great time to give it a try. (You could discover a new passion!)

Easy Dutch Oven Bread

Looking for an excuse to dip your toe into the wonderful world of homemade bread? This easy recipe walks you through the steps to a high rising yeasted bread with a fluffy crumb. It’s perfect for morning toast, sandwiches, or whatever else you’ve got on your menu.

A slice of homemade bread with butter and jam.

3 Ingredient Biscuits

3 simple ingredients are all that separate you from biscuit nirvana. These classics go with just about anything, but biscuits are also a great canvas for creativity and for using up odds and ends of ingredients you might have in your kitchen, from leftover bags of whole grain flours (hello buckwheat biscuits,) to veggies and cheese. For me it’s all about that fluffy texture!

A plate of biscuits with butter

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia

If you’ve never made focaccia, it’s one of the easiest and most rewarding yeasted breads to make. This one is Mediterranean inspired, but you can use all sorts of toppings. For a fall-inspired version, try my Apple, Cheddar, and Fig Focaccia.

rosemary olive and lemon no knead focaccia bread on a baking sheet

Honey & Jalapeño Cornbread

Simply stir up the batter, pour, and bake, and you’ve got something warm and satisfying that is amazing grilled up for breakfast, or to round out all sorts of meals. Like biscuits, cornbread lends itself to so many variations ~ if spicy jalapeños aren’t your thing, try my Fall Spiced Cornbread or my summery Blueberry Cornbread!

A stack of honey jalapeño cornbread squares with honey drizzle

Perfect Homemade Pita Bread

This foolproof recipe for homemade pita bread is so much fun to make! Flatbread is such a great accompaniment to so many dishes, and can make a fresh salad, some hummus, or grilled meat into a full meal in a flash. My Middle Eastern laffa bread is another favorite.

a stack of freshly baked homemade pita bread

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Soda bread isn’t just for St. Patrick’s day ~ it’s a simple, versatile, and delicious bread that I love for morning toast with butter and jam, or to enjoy with all kinds of soups and stews all year long. No yeast, no waiting, just delicious hearty bread in under an hour!

A loaf of homemade soda bread on a cooling rack.

Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread

Whether you follow a paleo diet or not, this delicious, dense bread is perfect for breakfast toast or an afternoon snack. Bonus ~ it’s also the perfect recipe for cleaning small amounts of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit from the pantry. For a more traditional variation on the heartybreakfast-toasting-bread theme, try my Muesli Toasting Bread.

A sliced loaf of paleo fruit and nut bread.

15 Minute No Yeast Pizza Dough!

Don’t think this is possible? Think again! This dough is so quick it will amaze your family and it’s so easy your kids can do it. I was skeptical too, until I tried it, and I’ve made it multiple times since. Also try my one hour yeasted pizza dough.

No yeast pizza with sausage

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    May 4, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Sue – You have some of the best recipes ever! Thank you for this awesome post -So excited to make all these!

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    May 4, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Sue, I just wanted to tell you that one of the first breads I ever made was your Muesli Toasting Bread from 2014. It was so delicious and I was very proud of myself..lol…So..for anyone out there that would like to try it, you will love it!

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    May 2, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    The last time I wrote on your site I commented on the appropriate timely recipes. It happened again! I just started a batch of bread and here you are with bread recipes! I don’t know if you are having trouble getting yeast but here is is elusive. It is on the same level as toilet paper. One of my old friends told me that you can freeze it so in the future that is what I am going to do so I don’t have to throw away that old stuff!! Love your site.

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      May 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Love the freezing tip Pat, I’m definitely going to do that this summer to stockpile in case there’s another Covid wave next fall!!

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      May 4, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Omg you are so right about the timely post & the lack of yeast in the store! I’ve been baking bread all weekend & was delighted to see Sue’s great bread post. Have to give her hats off on the easy Dutch oven bread recipe! I made a loaf for my 2 sisters & their families. This bread tastes better days after you baked it! This recipe is a keeper & I plan to make more bread in the future! Thanks again Sue for a great post & wonderful recipes! Now if I can only find more yeast, I’ll be all set! And I too read where you can freeze the yeast until you use it & you don’t have to defrost it!

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    May 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Wow! Every one of these look delicious and very doable. Thanks, Sue, for another great post!

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      Rachel Jameson
      May 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      I scrolled through all of the breads you posted and my favorite one wasn’t there: sourdough ?

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        May 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

        Lol, I’m on it Rachel!

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    Linda Behrens
    May 2, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I made your buttermilk lemon bread. It was DELICIOUS!!! I could have eaten half the loaf in one sitting! Of course, next time I just might double the glaze part because I love the “gooiness” of that on all parts of a slice! YUM! I think I printed out every lemon recipe you postd. Next one to try are your shortbread cookies! Even bought the butter you suggested. Thank you for sharing your recipes. There are so many I have put in a pile to try. Keep them coming!

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