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Bake Your Own: Homemade Bread Recipes

10 easy-to-make rolls and loaves to add to your breakfast or dinner table

Focaccia, Cookstr recipes for delicious homemade bread (the food passionates/Corbis)

You can make this classic southern Italian focaccia bread with salt and thyme right in your own kitchen. — the food passionates/Corbis

From challah to naan, homemade bread plays a central role at the dinner table in so many cultures. Using a bread machine or kneading with your own two hands, you can make loaves and rolls that are at least as memorable as the main course.

See also: Cook with ancient grains

1. Focaccia From Bari

by Viktorija Todorovska

This authentic and easy recipe from southern Italy makes a large focaccia topped with tomatoes, oregano, capers and olives (though you can add your own favorite topping, of course). Slice it into pieces, and enjoy.

Per serving: 285 calories, 2g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 2g fiber, 1,180mg sodium

2. 10-Grain Bread

by Bernice Hunt

This is a hearty whole-grain bread made with whole-wheat flour and a 10-grain cereal mix that you can find at many health stores. It's a healthy blend that includes rye, oats, millet, barley and flaxseed.

Per serving: 93 calories, 0g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 422mg sodium

3. Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

by Pat Sinclair

This sweet and tender loaf is on the decadent side — stuffed with raisins and laced with butter, sugar and cinnamon. It's delicious for breakfast, especially when topped with some high-protein peanut butter.

Per serving: 392 calories, 3g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 2g fiber, 275mg sodium

4. Buckwheat Seed Bread

by Jennifer Katzinger

The method for making this savory gluten-free bread is the same as for a standard quickbread: Mix the ingredients in a standing mixer, divide the batter into pans and bake. Pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds provide protein and healthy fat.

Per serving: 126 calories, 1g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 171mg sodium

5. Lazy Loaf

by Nigella Lawson

The dough for this simple recipe doesn't require kneading or a bread machine, only time. Hearty and moist, it's a good mate for butter and marmalade or a hot vegetable soup.

Per serving: 105 calories, 0g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber, 143mg sodium

Next page: Learn how to make homemade chapatis, baguettes and sunflower bread. »

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BREAD RECIPES: AARP food expert Pam Anderson demonstrates several different shapes of bread that can be made from the same basic recipe.

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