With all due respect to the gluten-free crowd, it’s time to talk about the best bread recipes out there. The weather is getting warmer, and that means picnic season is right around the corner. What better picnic item to pack than a delicious sandwich made with homemade bread? Breadmakers are a fantastic addition to the kitchen, and we have five homemade bread recipes here that we think are the greatestthing since sliced…well, you know.
Honey Wheat Bread
The sisters behind the blog Favorite Family Recipes boldly call this “The Best Homemade Bread in the World.” And they present a pretty convincing argument: It’s moist, it holds its shape like no other, and—oh yeah, you’ll want to eat the entire loaf in one sitting. Full recipe here.
Grandma’s Famous Banana Bread
Not only is this banana bread recipe essentially foolproof—it’s also a great way to use up any bruised, brown, or mushy bananas that you would otherwise throw out. (Pristine bananas work just as well, of course.) Full recipe here.
The Best Monkey Bread
For the best possible version of this gooey, decadent treat, Mel of Mel’s Kitchen Café pleads her readers to use homemade dough over canned biscuits or dry pudding mix. The payoff, she promises, will be deliciously worth the extra time and effort. Full recipe here.
The Best Zucchini Bread
Don’t worry—thanks to a healthy dose of cinnamon and orange, this bread doesn’t actually taste like zucchini. Chopped walnuts add to its texture; just 15 minutes of prep time adds to its overall appeal. Full recipe here.
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