Xueci Cheng

Editor at Kitchen Stories

When I first started to draft this article, I began with the sentence, “Bread itself is nothing special, but truly good bread—is really something.” After the madness of sold-out flour and yeast (I hope it’s back on shelves), and seemingly everyone on my Instagram making sourdough bread—I’m adjusting that statement to: “All bread is special.”

There’s no better time to make bread than now. It is a feel-good project to throw yourself into over the weekend—or any spare pocket of time you have. It’s also a tactile meditation process—which I can personally confirm, after watching my no-knead bread growing from just water, flour and yeast to crusty, airy, and fragrant bread in 24 hours.

No luck with yeast? Start making your own sourdough starter according to Ruby’s all-encompassing guide. Watching your sourdough baby grow is the real world version of Animal Crossing.

Bread-making is a sort of science, too. Pay attention to the measurements and temperature. Equip yourself with an electric scale, measuring spoon or cup, and some patience as well. Before you dive into this magical bread world, we have some troubleshooting articles:
5 Most Common Bread Making Mistakes
What’s the Difference Between Fresh, Active, and Instant Yeast?
Guide to flour types

Here, I divided our precious homemade bread recipes—from easy to advanced—for you to navigate.

Level 1

You only need an oven and a dutch oven at this point.

No-knead Dutch bread

No-knead Dutch bread

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Level 2

You’ll need some kneading, so a stand mixer or a hand mixer could be a good helper.

Homemade flatbread

Homemade flatbread

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Homemade baguette

Homemade baguette

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Basic naan

Basic naan

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Rustic German bread

Rustic German bread

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Homemade white bread

Homemade white bread

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Level 3

You’ll need a sourdough starter. See how to make it here.

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread

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Homemade potato bread

Homemade potato bread

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Level 4

Finally, some more advanced bread recipes, which require different cooking techniques and longer proofing time.

Homemade bagels

Homemade bagels

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Homemade brioche

Homemade brioche

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Have you encountered any problems on your bread baking journey? Let us know in the comments!

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