My Favorite Bread Recipes

My wife and I have been baking all our own bread for the last ten years or so, and along the way we’ve found quite a few of our favorite recipes. Since current events have given people all around the world reason to stay at home and try new things, perhaps it’s a good time to try your hand at bread baking. So with that in mind I thought I would share some of my favorite bread recipes here.

dough rising

dough rising

Many of these recipes feature a healthy portion of whole grain flour in them. I have been milling all our whole grains using a Nutrimill. I have nothing but good things to say about this appliance, and it has served our needs well. It does a great job of milling whole grains into flour suitable for breads and other baked goods. It isn’t the best choice for coarse grinds like cornmeal though, which I purchase instead of milling myself. The whole grains keep much better than the flours, so I wait until right before using to grind them up.

Nutrimill grain mill

Nutrimill grain mill

I have a couple of sandwich breads I make over and over again. I developed both these recipes myself, and since I prefer my sandwich bread to be sturdy they each have 2/3’s whole grain flour in them. A bit of olive oil helps soften the crumb. The Rye and Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf makes a good base for a reuben sandwich, and we make ours without meat and with homemade sauerkraut. I also recently used it to make a grilled cheese and sprouts sandwich. I add caraway seeds to mine, but you can omit them if you don’t like that flavor. Dill or fennel seed would also make a tasty addition in place of the caraway.

Rye and Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf

Rye and Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf

My other favorite sandwich bread is an offshoot of the Rye version. My Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread has honey to add a bit of sweetness and help keep the bread moist. I use either red or white whole wheat in this bread, or sometimes a mix of both. I have also successfully used a bit of emmer flour in place of the whole wheat flour, and I hope to have a recipe posted for that one soon. All breads freeze well, either in loaf form or after they’ve been sliced. The two of us rarely use a whole loaf quickly, so I generally slice it up and freeze.

slice of Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

I also like a good crusty sourdough bread, and my go-to recipe these days is one from Breadtopia. No-Knead Sourdough Bread is about as easy a recipe as one could ask for, and I find myself making it over and over again. I baked a loaf this week, and it turned out as tasty as always. I bake it in one of the Breadtopia clay bakers, though other brands would work too, as well as Dutch ovens. You would need to adjust the oven temperature and cooking times for other baking vessels. Because it is a fairly wet and slack dough, it tends to spread out if baked free-form on a baking stone or sheet pan.

no-knead sourdough bread

no-knead sourdough bread crumb shot

No-Knead Sourdough Bread

No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Buns and rolls are also a staple here, and I try and always have some in the freezer whenever we need them. My version of the King Arthur Flour recipe for Moomie’s Famous Burger Buns is something I bake quite often, and it is my go-to recipe for buns. My other go-to recipe for buns is my Dark Rye Potato Rolls and Buns. The dark color comes from a bit of cocoa powder added to the dough, as well as a bit of molasses. I’ve been using my USA Pan Mini Cake and Hamburger Bun pans to get perfectly round buns every time.

Moomies Burger Buns

Moomies Burger Buns

Dark Rye Buns

Dark Rye Buns

For rolls, my wife and I both love my Multi-Grain Seeded Dinner Rolls. It’s an original recipe I developed several years ago, based on seeded baguettes we used to get at Panera Bread. I also make this into a baguette shape, but I make the rolls more often. These are sturdy whole grain rolls with a mix of millet, sunflower and sesame seeds both inside and out along with whole wheat flour and oats.

Multi-Grain Seeded Dinner Rolls

For a softer dinner roll, I love the Dark & Soft Dinner Restaurant Rolls from King Arthur Flour. These rolls remind me of the individual loaves of dark bread some restaurants serve with a meal, especially when you bake them into a mini loaf shape. They are soft and tender, mildly sweet, and you’d never know they contain 40% whole wheat flour. I use cocoa to give them the dark flavor.

Dark and Soft Restaurant Dinner Rolls

Dark and Soft Restaurant Dinner Rolls

crumb shot of rolls

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my favorite homemade breads, and perhaps it will inspire you to either try your hand at making bread, or perhaps revive and old skill. And I hope you can find flour for your baking since locally it is in short supply at the moment!

For more bread recipes:

  1. King Arthur Flour
  2. Breadtopia
  3. The Fresh Loaf
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5 Responses to My Favorite Bread Recipes

  1. alittlebitofsunshine says:

    Thank you Dave. Good to have so many tried and tested bread recipes all in one place. Much appreciated indeed and they will be well used here

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      Once I find a recipe that works, I tend to make it over and over. I’ve baked a lot of bread in the last ten years or so, and not all were my favorite but they all were edible!

  2. F. George Dunham, III says:

    Yummy recipe and great advice. For years I suffered from constant daily diarrhea, so bad that I even soiled my own pants during business meetings. Totally mortifying. I looked for solutions all over, but the two things that helped me the most were actually two things you mention in your post: baking my own bread and eating homemade sauerkraut. The diarrhea is under control, my skin is less scaly and I swear I have more energy. I think both homemade bread and fermented vegetables give you good bacteria that help in so many ways. I’m trying to spread the word everywhere I go. My colleagues used to make fun of me by giving me the nickname Diarrhea-man, but I’m turning that into a calling to let people know about good probiotic food. I’m proud to be called Diarrhea-man now as I’m spreading the word everywhere I go. If you a suffering pain and humiliation like I did for years, try this recipe and make some sauerkraut. You will thank me in a month.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      Thanks for sharing your story! I had digestive issues for years when I ate dairy. I tried lactase supplements, but they didn’t help. About the time I started eating a lot of fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, my problems went away. I can now eat dairy again like I used to! I am convinced the probiotics made the difference. Recently I have seen evidence that shows some of the probiotics in sourdough bread survive the heat of baking and make it to our gut.

  3. KM says:

    Thanks for this Dave! I appreciate you sharing your favorite tried-and-true bread recipes all in one place. Your bread, kimchi, and sauerkraut recipes have always been great.

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