With days growing shorter and the weather turning a bit colder each day, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to fill your home with the warmth of your oven and the aroma of freshly-baked bread. Baking is a time-honored way to show your friends and family that you love them by providing the most basic of human needs: sustenance. Plus, it’s the first step towards sharing a delicious meal and great conversation with the people you love.
Baking is also easier than you think, and the results are well worth the effort — homemade bread beats store-bought loaves any day of the week. You can also bake up healthier versions of your favorites and accommodate your gluten-free loved ones when you make your own. Once you master a few basic techniques, feel free to get creative with a whole array of quick breads, yeasted loaves and treats both savory and sweet.
Not sure where to start? Try one of these four delicious, not-too-complicated recipes to enter the wonderful world of homemade bread baking.