Our 37 Best Breads, Rolls and Biscuits for the Ultimate Carb Overload

Bread is life

There’s a reason in Europe they eat bread with every meal. Whether it’s a buttered roll, a biscuit with jam, or a flavorful quick bread you’d eat plain, the possibilities are endless. Your can even turn your leftover rye fall bread into porridge the next morning. With recipes like danish seeded pastry twists, lasagna bread and chocolate raspberry babka, our best bread, rolls, and biscuits will have you covered no matter the season or the time of day.

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Danish Rye Bread

Vada Pav (Indian Veggie Burgers)

Vada Pav (Indian Veggie Burgers)

Cheddar Cheese Kulcha

Cheddar Cheese Kulcha

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

This honey butter-topped biscuit recipe, from Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef at Blue Smoke in New York City, earned first prize in the 2017 Charleston Food & Wine Festival’s Battle of the Biscuits. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »

Buffalo chicken khachapuri

Buffalo chicken khachapuri
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An ethereally fluffy, generously buttery, and delightfully squishable loaf.

Lasagna Bread (Scaccia)

Lasagna Bread (Scaccia)
Powdery fine “00” flour makes for a supremely fluffy biscuit in this simple, four-ingredient recipe. Get the recipe for Ruth Reichl’s Easy, 4-Ingredient Cream Biscuits

Chocolate-Raspberry Babka

Chocolate-Raspberry Babka

Shahi Tukra (Royal Toast)

This syrup-soaked toast is slathered in a sweetened reduction of milk flavored with saffron.

Abruzzo-Style Grape Focaccia

Abruzzo-Style Grape Focaccia

Indian Leavened Flatbread (Naan)

Rice is production assistant Nissan Haque’s go-to staple for Ramadan, but he can’t help himself with this naan, especially slathered with garlic and ghee. Best served with potato curry. Get the recipe for Indian Leavened Flatbread (Naan)

Crazy Bread

Add a little kick to this homemade version of Little Caesar’s “Crazy Bread” by sprinkling on a little chile flake before dunking in hot marinara.

Egyptian Flatbread (Aish Baladi)

Similar to pita, but made with whole wheat flour, this Egyptian flatbread is traditionally baked in scorching-hot ovens in Cairo’s bustling markets. Home cooks can achieve similar results with a baking stone and an oven cranked to high.

Challah

Sweet, braided challah, traditionally eaten on Sabbath and holidays in Jewish households, is perfect for the dinner table—and leftovers make great french toast.

Provençal Bread with Olives and Herbs (Fougasse)

Uniquely shaped yeast breads are sold as a market specialty in the south of France.

Seeded Rye Loaf

Dark and deeply flavored from a rye sourdough starter that’s made 10 days in advance, the earthy loaf is easily customizable depending on what seeds and grains you have on hand and want to add to the dough.

Rolls with Cracklings and Prune Jam

Rolls with Cracklings and Prune Jam

Gruyere, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread

Savory and sweet marry perfectly in this combination of salty cheese, fragrant herbs, yeasty bread, and rich honey-butter sauce. Get the recipe for Gruyere, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread »
In this recipe from Daniel Leader of Bread Alone, an airy loaf with a nice crust is produced similar to a ciabatta. It’s made with a lightly fermented traditional Italian starter, called a biga, that’s started nine hours before baking.

Pão de Queijo

If you can’t find sour tapioca starch to make this Brazilian cheese bread, sweet tapioca starch will yield equally delicious results. Get the recipe for Pão de Queijo »

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

Butterhorn Rolls

These rolls, from How America Eats (Scribner’s, 1960) by Clementine Paddleford, one of America’s most influential food writers, were originally made for the guests of a Kansas ranching family. Get the recipe for Butterhorn Rolls »

Roti with Black Truffle-Sunchoke Ranch

This recipe comes from The Progress, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s San Francisco restaurant where family style is the only style, and every dish comes out with the same number of portions as diners in your group. It’s a brilliant concept, and so are these roti: flaky and charred, all the best qualities of pizza dough without the heft. The Progress serves them with a tangy buttermilk ranch infused with grated truffle and sunchoke oil, but even if you can’t spring for truffles, you should still make them.

Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread

Fika means “to drink coffee” in Swedish. But it’s more than just that. It’s a moment to take a break, chat with friends, and enjoy a pastry—a tradition worth emulating. And one that’s charmingly detailed in Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall’s upcoming book Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break (Ten Speed Press, April 2015). Get a fikasugen (a fika craving) for proper Swedish coffee snacks like this cinnamon-cardamom bread. The yeasty cardamom-spiced dough is cut into a decorative pattern before baking. Get the recipe for Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread »

Popovers

No matter how tempting the aroma coming from your kitchen, don’t open the oven to check popovers until about 5 minutes before they’re finished baking, or they will deflate.

American Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheesemaker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a three-year-old extra-sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for American Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »

Quinoa-Whole Wheat Bread with Raisins

Flax seeds and red quinoa add texture and a nutty flavor, while honey and raisins add sweetness, to this hearty bread from master baker Eric Kayser.
Using instant yeast and a bread cloche helps simplify this rustic bread recipe from baker Priscilla Martel. If you don’t have a bread cloche, bake this bread on a pizza stone.

Roasted Garlic Focaccia

When garlic cloves are chopped, the sulfur compounds and an enzyme called allinase, usually held separate within the clove, come into contact with one another. The collision generates the compound allicin, which gives garlic its pungency, and pyruvic acid, which is responsible for its spicy heat. But left intact, so that its volatile compounds don’t interact, garlic offers an entirely different character; roasting the cloves whole draws out their sweetness, yielding the sumptuous confit that adorns this pretty focaccia. Cook the focaccia on a pizza stone, which will give the bottom crust a delicious crunch.

Indian Layered Flatbread (Paratha)

The foundation for this common Indian flatbread is the same dough that is used for chapatiatta, or durum wheat flour, mixed with water. The key difference, which creates the paratha’s signature layers, is rolling and folding the dough in a triangle. The chewy flatbread is then dry-cooked in a skillet until puffy and golden.

Deep-Fried Indian Bread (Puri)

Like chapati, puri is made from a simple durum wheat flour dough. But this flatbread incorporates ajwain seeds, which lend a lightly herbal, floral flavor, and is deep-fried in hot oil. It’s often eaten at breakfast or as a snack. Get the recipe for Deep-Fried Indian Bread (Puri) »

Seeded Buttermilk Bread (Filmjölkslimpa)

This rustic whole wheat brown bread is sweetened with molasses and loaded with almonds and diverse seeds. Dense and nutty, it’s delicious smeared with sweet butter or as the basis for an open-face sandwich topped with sharp cheese, cucumber, and a juicy slice of tomato.

Mango Bread with Walnuts

The tropical flavors of mango and coconut enliven classic fall spices and chopped walnuts, lending complex flavor to an otherwise simple recipe.
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