If your oven and jar of yeast have been on summer vacation, it can feel intimidating to jump back into bread baking. But it doesn’t have to be an all-day affair — with the busyness of back-to-school, you can still fit quick, easy sandwich breads into your schedule. Start here, with these bread recipes that take less than three hours, to ease yourself into bread-baking season.
1) Quick and Easy Flatbreads
True to their name, these flatbreads require minimal resting time (30 minutes) thanks to the combined rising power of baking powder and yeast. In just about an hour, you’ll have enough flatbreads for dinner tonight and leftovers tomorrow.
Get the recipe: Quick and Easy Flatbreads
2) English Muffin Toasting Bread
Like English muffins, this pan bread is slightly tangy and has plenty of nooks and crannies. But it’s far easier to make, requiring only one rise, so you’ll be slathering some butter and jam for your weekday breakfast in no time.
Get the recipe: English Muffin Toasting Bread
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3) No-Fuss FocacciaMany focaccia recipes call for the no-knead method and extended rest times overnight, but this recipe takes a few shortcuts and is ready in less than two hours. This super-simple focaccia dough is mixed in a stand mixer, rises in the pan, and has a plush texture and wonderful flavor thanks to the generous quantity of olive oil in the dough. Use it to make a next-level muffaletta, or really any combination of your favorite cold cuts.
Get the recipe: No-Fuss Focaccia
4) The Easiest Loaf of Bread You’ll Ever Bake
This crusty bread deserves a spot in your regular bread-baking routine. Its failproof shaping and dough-slashing methods have converted the most novice of bread bakers, and its crusty exterior and soft crumb has made it a go-to for more advanced bakers. Watch Martin make it in the video above to guide you to success.Get the recipe: The Easiest Loaf of Bread You’ll Ever Bake
5) Soft Wrap BreadPotato flour is an unexpected addition to this flatbread, giving it a soft, pliable texture but enough structure to handle a mountain of fillings. While the dough rests, use that time to prepare fillings — reviewers particularly enjoyed it with shawarma, fried eggs, and all types of sandwiches.
Get the recipe: Soft Wrap Bread
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6) Bread Machine Bread
This soft, high-rising loaf may just be the perfect sandwich bread recipe for busy schedules. A bread machine practically does all the work for you here — it’s merely a matter of weighing a handful of basic ingredients and pressing start.
Get the recipe: Bread Machine Bread
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7) Rosemary Potato Rolls
Perfumed with fragrant rosemary, these classic potato rolls are soft and tender. Use them for slider sandwiches or serve as a sidekick to a bowl of soup.
Get the recipe: Rosemary Potato Rolls
8) Soft Sandwich Bread with FlaxLooking to change up your sandwich bread? Add some flax meal for a hint of chew and a boost of nutrition. A few hours (mostly hands-off) on a Sunday evening will pay off with bread for the coming week!
Get the recipe: Soft Sandwich Bread with Flax
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9) Pane Bianco
Cheesy, herby filling? Check. Impressive-yet-easy shape? Check. Ready in under three hours? Check. Basically, this tomato and garlic-studded bread will never disappoint.
Get the recipe: Pane Bianco
10) Beautiful Burger Buns
We’re still hanging onto the last few weeks of grilling season, but burger buns are forever. Use these plush, slightly sweet buns for fried chicken sandwiches or tofu sliders long after the cookouts have moved indoors. (And let the 1,200+ five-star reviews speak for themselves.)
Get the recipe: Beautiful Burger Buns
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11) Peasant Bread
One reviewer’s experience with this recipe says it all. They shared, “I decided at 4:00 p.m. to bake bread for dinner.” (We’ve all been there, right?) “This is my go-to fast bread. Always comes out perfect!” This hands-off, no-knead bread is a weeknight winner.
Get the recipe: Peasant Bread
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12) Classic Sandwich Bread
For an everyday sandwich bread like this, ease and speed are the priority. A handful of kitchen staples like flour, butter, milk, and yeast are all you need for a better-than-storebought loaf.Get the recipe: Classic Sandwich Bread
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13) Yeasted Banana Bread Sandwich Bread
For a banana bread that’s actually bread, just add yeast. Think of this as a classic white bread but sweetened with honey and chopped bananas. It’s less dense than its traditional quick bread counterpart, so you can use two slices for a sublime PB&J or French toast with a twist.
Get the recipe: Yeasted Banana Bread Sandwich Bread
14) Back-of-the-Bag Oatmeal BreadEverything you need to make this loaf is likely already in your pantry, which can sometimes be the biggest hurdle to bread baking. After a few short rests and straightforward shaping, you’ll be rewarded with this hearty, oat-topped loaf. Once you’ve graduated from the original recipe, take it to the next level and shape the dough into dinner rolls or add fruit mix-ins.Get the recipe: Back-of-the-Bag Oatmeal Bread
15) Sour Cream & Chive Potato Rolls
Sour cream and chives are great on baked potatoes, but even better in these potato rolls. Whether you make them as tear-and-share dinner rolls or lunchbox-friendly sandwich buns, these rolls are packed with comforting flavor.
Get the recipe: Sour Cream & Chive Potato Bread or Rolls
16) Cinnamon Bread RecipeSlicing into this loaf reveals a lovely, swirled cinnamon sugar surprise. This loaf is like an everyday version of cinnamon rolls. For maximum deliciousness, toast and butter the slices. Get the recipe: Cinnamon Bread
17) Rustic Sourdough Bread
If your sourdough starter is not perfectly ripe, add some instant yeast to the mix to give it a boost. (It’s not cheating, we promise!) The result is a failproof, rustic loaf with the familiar tang of sourdough and a wonderful, crispy crust.
Get the recipe: Rustic Sourdough Bread
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Cover photo (Cinnamon Bread) by Liz Neily.