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10 Ways to Have Home-Baked Bread On Your Table Tonight

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There’s something about a freshly baked loaf of bread that turns a meal into a comforting hug. But bread-baking is not always easy to fit into the schedule. These recipes illustrate some of the strategies for making homemade bread doable on a weeknight: they skip the yeast for quicker baking-soda leavening, they rely on store-bought pizza dough, they use a no-knead technique, or they are portioned into smaller pieces to cook quickly.

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    Weeknight Garlic Knots

    Turn store-bought pizza dough into a quick replica of those tasty, garlicky Italian-restaurant rolls.

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    Irish Soda Bread

    Soda bread has been an Irish household staple since baking soda became commercially available in the early 19th century. It uses just four ingredients that most people kept on hand: flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk (raisins and caraway seeds are an American addition). A real soda bread is a simple loaf with a beautifully browned, craggy crust and a nice chew, best eaten liberally smeared with salty Irish butter.

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    Buttermilk Biscuits

    This is the ultimate no-fuss biscuit: the dough comes together quickly, is patted out into a square, and cut into square biscuits.

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    No-Knead Honey Whole-Wheat Boule

    This hearty whole wheat boule is perfectly timed to match our busy lives. Take 3 minutes first thing in the morning to stir the dough together. Let it rise very slowly, timing it according to your work day, and then quickly shape it into a ball when you get home. Bake it in a Dutch oven, and by the time you’ve made dinner, the bread is out of the oven.

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    Classic Buttermilk Cornbread

    This recipe take style cues from both Southern cornbread (baking in a hot, greased skillet), and Northern-style recipes (added flour and sugar). Since traditional cornbread can be dry, making a cornmeal mush and adding a little sour cream to the buttermilk go a long way toward a moist, tender crumb.

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    Grilled Flatbreads

    You can roll these breads out using a rolling pin, but shaping by hand is less fussy. And I like how it creates an appealing rustic appearance with variations in thickness.

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    Focaccia

    Fluffy and salty with aromas of olive oil and fresh herbs, focaccia is a true all-purpose bread. Great by itself as a snack, it can stand in for dinner rolls, or be used as a base for a variety of casual appetizers. Split horizontally, it makes wonderful sandwich bread.

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    Gruyère Popovers

    Light, airy, and cheesy, these popovers achieve the impossible: They’re simultaneously rich and decadent, yet light as a feather. Serve them fresh from the oven at peak puffiness.

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    Grilled Naan Filled with Herbs and Cheese

    Don't let these intimidate you: though they're fabulous with the cheese and herb filling, if you're pressed on time, the simple yogurt-and-egg-enriched dough is also delicious rolled out into rounds and grilled plain.

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    Yuca Bread with Queso Fresco (Pan de Yuca)

    Granted, this bread relies on some ingredients you may not already have in your pantry. But it is so delicious and easy, it's worth sourcing them.

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