Yogurt Bread

A very pretty and slightly sweet bread – wonderful for toasting. This recipe makes a 2-pound loaf, so use a 6 x 9-inch meatloaf pan. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 8 oz. (1 cup) plain yogurt (I use fat-free) 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon salt 4 cups white bread flour 2 Tablespoons sugar […]

Whole Wheat Walnut Bread

If your machine has a “add nuts now” cycle – use it. My machine tends to pulverize any nuts, seeds or raisins I add, so I like to knead them into the dough before the last rise. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1 cup water 3 Tablespoons walnut oil 1½ cups white bread […]

Whole Wheat Pecan Bread

Nearly any bread recipe can be improved by making an over-night sponge. The finished flavors will be deeper, and the bread will have an over-all better texture with a sponge. Preparing a sponge takes one minute – but you must remember to make it ahead. Six to eight hours later, the sponge will be bubbly […]

Whole Wheat Molasses Bread

Adding a bit of molasses gives this bread wonderful color, flavor and aroma. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1¼ cups non-chlorinated water 1 Tablespoon molasses 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup stone-ground whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 to 2¼ cups white bread flour 2½ teaspoons yeast Use […]

Buttermilk Whole Wheat Bread

Reformulated to include even more stone-ground whole wheat flour, this bread is very pretty and moist. Perfect bread for a tuna salad sandwich or toasted. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup water 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups stone-ground whole wheat flour 1 cup white […]

Whole Wheat Bread

ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 3/4 cup water ½ cup milk 1 tablespoon oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup white bread flour 1 Tablespoon sugar (or 2 Tablespoons honey) 2½ teaspoons yeast CYCLE: whole wheat, dough, large. After dough rises and punches down, knead a bit while shaping […]

Wheat Germ Bread

Wheat Germ Bread is very flavorful and has a nice color – great for toast – fabulous as sandwich bread. Press an additional Tablespoon of Wheat Germ into the top of the loaf before baking for a rustic-looking loaf. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1¼ cups water 3 Tablespoons honey ¼ cup wheat […]

Rye Bread

Wanting a nice loaf of rye bread for sandwiches, I created this recipe. I used stone-ground dark rye flour. If you use a different grind, you may have to adjust the amount of white flour. I don’t care for the taste of caraway, but if you insist, add 2-3 teaspoons of caraway seeds. ADD TO […]

RV Focaccia

This recipe is unlikely to win a James Beard Award. It is unconventional. It requires no kneading. No bread machine. It simply makes a yummy slab of fluffy focaccia without much effort. Not only is it easy, it basically prepares itself – with basic ingredients – while you are out enjoying your day. The only […]

Rustic Italian Bread

The addition of a little semolina flour gives this loaf a dense texture and a lovely color. Semolina flour is made from the coarsely ground endosperm of durum wheat. Semolina flour is used mainly for making pasta and is available at most supermarkets. This is a pretty loaf of bread for the table and slices […]

Oatmeal Bread

It is nice to roll this dough in extra oats before placing in the loaf pan – embedding the oats in the crust makes for a pretty finished loaf. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1 1/3 cups milk 2 Tablespoons melted butter 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup old-fashioned or rolled oats 3 cups […]

Kalamata Olive Bread

Your family & friends will love this savory bread! Save your fingers and buy pitted olives. Recipe makes two small loaves (or you can make one large loaf, as in photo above). Add to bread machine in this order: 1 cup water 2 Tablespoons liquid from olive jar 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon […]

Italian Sun-dried Tomato Focaccia

Your bread machine will mash the sun-dried tomatoes just enough to turn the dough a brilliant color, yet still leave bits of dried tomatoes to decorate and flavor the loaf. Use plain dried tomatoes – sold in a plastic bag. No need to re-hydrate in this recipe – just snip the dried tomatoes with scissors. […]

Italian Bread

Italian is basically French bread with a little olive oil. This recipe makes a nice, small loaf. Perfect for a small family dinner. 6 oz water (3/4 cup) 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast Add ingredients to bread machine pan in order given. Use french/dough cycle. After […]

Herbed Focaccia Bread

This recipe makes one nice loaf. Serve it for dinner or use the bread for Italian Panini sandwiches. Use your favorite dried herb – basil, rosemary, oregano – or use ‘Herbes de Provence’. Experiment: try a few cloves of chopped garlic! Add to bread machine: 1 cup water ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt […]

Hazelnut Honey Bread

When I was a girl growing up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, hazelnuts were called filberts. A marketing genius decided “hazelnuts” sounded better and that is how they are now known around the rest of the world. (The joke is: “In Oregon, hazelnuts grow on filbert trees”.) I live surrounded by acres and acres of filbert […]

French Bread

My favorite method for making a perfect, crusty and shiny loaf: after shaping, let the baguette rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Slash top and brush with an egg wash. Let baguette rise for approximately 20 minutes longer, or until doubled, then bake. Place a metal (or disposable aluminum) pan on the bottom […]


A simpler version of my Herbed Focaccia Bread, this is a basic recipe. Semolina flour is used for making pasta – it is readily available in supermarkets. Change the toppings to compliment your menu. Add to bread machine in this order: 1 cup water ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups white bread […]

Corfu Restaurant Bread

The Liston on Corfu Island We spent a week on Corfu, dining each evening at the quaintest restaurants – a few right on the beach. Every restaurant served a basket of this warm bread. It is a very, very plain and simple bread with few ingredients – yet it is perfect with highly spiced foods. […]

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Very popular with our French foreign exchange students! Great toasted, avec beurre. Sunmaid Baking Raisins work well in this recipe. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1 cup milk 1 egg, slightly beaten 4 Tablespoons melted butter (1/2 stick) 1 teaspoon salt 2 3/4 cups white bread flour 3 Tablespoons brown sugar 2½ teaspoons […]

Chippy Challah

Okay, a little play on words… pronounced Hippy Hallah, this is my earthier version of the traditional sweet, white, braided loaf served on the Jewish Sabbath – and the version mostly baked/enjoyed at our house. (See my traditional recipe, and learn more about the history of challah.) I make the dough in a bread machine, […]


The traditional bread of the Jewish Sabbath, Challah (pronounced HALL-ah) is also enjoyed in many cultures throughout Europe. Challah comes from the Hebrew word for “portion”, as it refers to the portion of dough reserved for the high priests of the Temple of Jerusalem. When white flour first became available, it was quite expensive and […]

Buttermilk Bread

Lisa’s favorite bread. Lovely soft texture, slices beautifully, smells like Momma made it. ADD TO BREAD MACHINE IN THIS ORDER: 1 cup buttermilk ¼ cup water 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups white bread flour 1 Tablespoon sugar 2½ teaspoons yeast Use white/dough cycle. After cycle is finished, put dough on floured board, let rest 10 […]

Burger Buns

Why buy hamburger buns? This recipe will make 6 lovely rolls for your burger or favorite sandwich. The buns can be baked on a cookie sheet or order a pan from King Arthur. 1 egg, slightly beaten ¾ cup milk 2 Tablespoons melted butter ½ teaspoon salt 2 1/3 cups white bread flour ½ teaspoon […]

Beer & Oat Bread

A very hearty loaf. Perfect with soup and stews. And beer. 12 oz. dark beer (I use a porter) 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 cups white bread flour (or all-purpose flour) 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 2¼ teaspoons dry yeast 1 […]

Easy Bagels

After reading through this recipe, you can see it is possible to have hot bagels on the table in less than 2 hours. 1½ cups slightly warmed, non-chlorinated water 1 Tablespoon yeast 1 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 4¼ cups white bread flour 2 teaspoons salt Cornmeal, for dusting the baking sheet 1 egg, […]