by Texas Homesteader ~
With the buying frenzy going on in many of our grocery stores these days, more and more people are having difficulty finding fresh bread. The good news is – bread can be very easy to make, even for the novice baker!
There’s a traditional light & fluffy sandwich bread, or a simple recipe for a bread machine. Heck, there’s even mix-n-pour beer bread. I thought I’d share a list of our favorite bread recipes. The links are included in each title. And there’s something for every baking skill…
If you like making bread the traditional way, this recipe is for you. I struggled to find a light, fluffy result with the flavor RancherMan loves. I FINALLY discovered this one. Of all our bread recipes this one is our absolute favorite! This recipe makes 2 loaves.
This recipe is an adaptation of my traditional sandwich bread recipe above. But I’ve replaced the whole wheat flour portion with oat flour that I make myself simply by grinding whole oats in a coffee grinder. We love the hearty feel of this loaf. And c’mon – oats are healthy!
I’d been displeased with bread machines in the past. But when one was gifted to me I set out to amend RancherMan’s favorite bread into a 2-lb loaf to use in the bread machine. This one is delicious, and a true time saver too. I enjoy push button convenience during those busy days.
Another adaptation of my traditional sandwich bread recipe. Here I’ve taken jalapenos & cheese and rolled them into the dough before baking. A lightly-spicy treat!
I often want to make my own hamburger buns for our BBQ. So I whip up this jalapeno/cheese version that includes beer in the batter. This recipe makes a dozen hamburger buns, perfect for BBQ.
This bread recipe is easy enough for even the novice baker. It’s no knead! Simply mix it up, let it rise and bake it. I often make it with fresh herbs such as rosemary, but it’s a delicious bread left plain too. Very easy to make up for an impromptu dinner party to impress your guests!
This simple loaf is also no-knead, so it’s very easy to make. The biggest difference between this and the skillet bread above is the addition of steam inside your oven. Simply pour a cup of water into the flat pan in the rack below your bread pan to provide the steam.
This beer bread is by far the easiest bread to make! A bottle of beer provides the yeast needed in this recipe. Truly a mix-n-bake recipe. You’ll definitely want this one in your recipe list!
An easy yet flavorful adaptation to the traditional beer bread recipe above. I’ve added minced fresh rosemary & shredded cheddar cheese to this loaf. It was a hit when I brought it to a dinner party we attended!
Another adaptation to the traditional beer bread recipe. In this version I added pesto & sun-dried tomatoes. There are so many fun things you can do with beer bread.
When making this for RancherMan & myself, we ALWAYS add jalapenos! But even when we make it without for guests, this cornbread recipe always receives rave reviews. (blushes) awwww shucks, thanks y’all…
I’d heard of Corn Dodgers in those old John Wayne movies. I actually thought they were fictitious, made up for the movie. Apparently not! Similar to cornbread, but less fluffy & less crumby. My version of corn dodgers is so much simpler than others I’ve found online too.
I struggled with making edible biscuits for years. They were just never quite flavorful enough. But then I discovered the secret. RancherMan devours these biscuits every time I make them! And if you have leftover biscuit dough, be sure to make it into a few Cinnamon Rolls – a bonus treat baked up at the same time!
If you want to bump your homemade biscuits up a notch, try these jalapeno/cheese biscuits. It uses the same base recipe as my traditional buttermilk biscuits above, but with added shredded cheddar & spicy jalapenos. A homestead favorite for sure.
These mix-n-pour tortillas are super simple to make, even for the novice cook! They are made in minutes. And unlike the homemade flour tortillas of my past, these tortillas are soft & easy to bend and roll without cracking & tearing. Not quite the same as a traditional tortilla, more like a super thin tortilla-flavored pancake. These are made often here at the homestead.
Homemade corn tortillas really can be mixed up on the fly. Mix them up, press them flat, toss them on a hot griddle and BOOM! Homemade tortillas! Who knew it could really be this easy??!
Crackers Are Easy Too!
In addition to the bready options above, there are several easy cracker recipes on this site. Y’all know easy recipes are my wheelhouse, y’all! I’m a
lazy, errrr BUSY cook! I like quick & easy recipes. For instance I share a recipe for Savory 5-Minute Crackers. They’re delicious and infinitely adjustable to your tastes!
If you want a lower-fat cracker option I also share a Rosemary/Garlic Cracker recipe that uses olive oil instead of butter or bacon grease. I like to season our crackers with rosemary and garlic but again, whatever floats your boat here with seasonings
There are even my version of Pita Crackers. I make these often to go with my homemade Hummus. Making them is as easy as cutting up flour tortillas, adding some olive oil & seasonings & baking until crispy. Talk about QUICK!
And there’s even a cracker for your sweet tooth. Honey Graham Crackers! My version uses standard pantry ingredients and is sweetened with honey from our hives.
Dessert Bread Options
There are other favorite bread recipes we enjoy on the homestead such as sweet loaves. If you’re looking for a sweet treat you can try our Pumpkin Bread. It has a cake-mix shortcut that makes it even easier!
Or how about our Banana Nut Bread made healthier by substituting some of the oil with applesauce? And one of RancherMan’s biggest surprises – Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze. Who knew you could make a dessert bread with cantaloupe? It’s sort of the same premise as zucchini bread, and RancherMan loves it!
See what I mean? Something for everyone! So grab that apron and bake something delicious for your family today!
Our Favorite Breads
- Soft Sandwich Bread
- Oatmeal Sandwich Bread
- Making Pre-Mix Bread Ingredient Packets
- Bread Machine Recipe: Honey Oatmeal Bread
- Making My Own Oat Flour For CHEAP
- No-Knead Rosemary Skillet Bread
- No-Knead Boule Bread
- Jalapeno/cheese Yeast Bread
- Jalapeno/Cheese/Beer Hamburger Buns
- Basic Beer Bread
- Rosemary/Cheddar Beer Bread
- Pesto Beer Bread
- Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
- Leftover Biscuit Dough Cinnamon Rolls!
- Snappy Jalapeno/Cheese Biscuits
- Jalapeno Cornbread
- Corn Dodgers – A Delicious Accident
- Mix-n-Pour Tortillas
- Easy Corn Tortillas
- Sweet Pumpkin Bread
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- My Favorite Bread-Making Kitchen Feature
- Homemade Bread-Making Shortcuts, Tips & Tricks