The most important step to your best “Bakes-giving”? The bread basket, of course! From warm rolls to blissful browned butter biscuits and everything in between, these nine breads will take center stage at your holiday table!
1. Sage Browned Butter Biscuits
These aren’t your average buttermilk biscuits. This Sage Browned Butter Biscuits recipe is the ultimate savory bake. Using browned butter infused with sage to create flaky, fluffy layers and cold buttermilk for a tangy richness, these biscuits are a perfect side for any meal. Top the golden-brown rounds with flaked sea salt and slather with softened butter for a beautiful, tasty finish.
2. Cranberry-Sage Fantails
Elegant and deliciously buttery, these golden-layered Cranberry-Sage Fantails will elevate any fall feast. Their shape resembles a flower in bloom, with each petal forming a perfect pull-apart bite flecked with tart, rubied cranberries, and the earthy aroma of sage.
3. Beer-Cheddar Muffins
We don’t need to tell you that beer and cheese work well together. But you won’t realize how divine this pairing is until you taste these lager-and cheddar-laden muffins. Based on a classic family recipe from editor-in-chief Brian Hart Hoffman’s mother, you’ll understand why these Beer-Cheddar Muffins have been adored for generations
4. Brioche Loaf
This sweet and simple Brioche loaf gets its gorgeous bubbly top from a simple braid. With braided breads, it’s important that the ends are sealed and not tucked or folded under the loaf; otherwise it may rise and bake slightly misshapen.
5. Parker House Rolls
Legend has it that rolls were created by accident as a disgruntled baker slammed a tray of rolls in the oven. The jolted rolls emerged with their signature folded appearance, and the guests raved about them. It’s that pocket-like fold that creates a crispy golden exterior with a steaming hot and tender interior.
6. Pull-Apart Milk Bread Wreath
Our savory Pull-Apart Milk Bread W features the most versatile of doughs, Japanese —a tender enriched dough that receives a moist boost from tangzhong, or Roux. Packed with dill, butter, and garlic powder, the dough is mixed, proofed, shaped, and assembled the day before. The day of, only a final proof and short bake remains!
7. Genius (Quick) Croissants
The improved way to croissant! Made with the same ingredients as the traditional but with a less-fussy, beginner-friendly method, these Genius (Quick) Croissants are the gateway baked good to the world of lamination.
8. Dill-Sour Cream-Potato Scones
Falling somewhere between scone and biscuit, these Dill-Sour Cream-Potato Scones boast an irresistibly fluffy texture thanks to the addition of mashed potatoes. Sour lends a subtle tang and richness, and fresh dill brightens the dough with a sweet, anise-like flavor. These scones are everything you love about mashed potatoes but in quick bread form.
9. Cranberry-Orange Crescent Rolls
Buttery and rich, these Cranberry-Orange Crescent Rolls are studded with dried sweetened cranberries, orange zest, and a touch of vanilla and baked to golden perfection. Whether you serve them alongside something sweet or savory, this recipe makes a batch big enough to share all the holiday cheer.