Summer 2020 has been a weird one. We’ve socially-distanced, we’ve decried social injustice, we’ve struggled to figure out new ways to find joy despite the weight of everything, and we’re probably all a little tired. After what seems like either thirty seconds or thirty years (depending on the day) it’s almost time to wave goodbye to summer.

The sun may still be shining and the pumpkin spice latte may have appeared suspiciously early this year, but we’re already thinking about all the ways we’re going to heighten the hygge in our homes. What better way to usher in the season of cozy than with freshly baked bread?

Ahead, 10 recipes that are as easy-to-make as they are delicious (and no banana bread in sight).

Photo: James Ransom

Oaty Brown Sugar Soda Bread

With just six ingredients, two bowls, and four steps, this hearty, slightly sweet bread might be the easiest recipe you’ll ever make.

Photo: Chelsie Craig

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter

Nothing says fall like pumpkin. This classic autumnal treat is elevated with salted maple butter and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds for a little textural pop.

No-Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread

While the dough-rising time for this flaky, aromatic bread is high (at least 14 hours altogether), prep is a piece of cake, and it’s completely worth the wait. 

The Best Homemade Bread Recipe

This basic bread is perfect for staple foods like sandwiches or breakfast toast. It’s so deliciously flaky and easy to make, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought.

Vegan Vanilla and Lemon Challah

Challah is a traditional Jewish bread, packed with deeply meaningful symbolism. This iteration is completely critter-friendly and bursting with flavor.

Homemade Pizza Dough

We love a good interactive food experience and have found build-your-own-pizza nights to be one of the most satisfying cozy-season activities. This pizza dough (which includes instructions for making dough with a mixer or by hand) can be frozen, so make a couple of batches and keep them on deck for whenever the pizza mood strikes.


Pumpernickel Bread

This is undoubtedly the wildcard of our bread roundup. Espresso, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and caraway seeds bring a sumptuous depth of flavor. Plus, it has the seal of approval from homemaking maven, Martha Stewart.


Parmesan Breadsticks

Does this really even need commentary? Probably not. Whip these up in 40 minutes flat, then pair with soups, pasta, salads, breakfast cereal…you can never have too many cheesy breadsticks.

Soft Pretzels

These easy-to-make pretzels are a perfect mid-afternoon (or midnight) snack. There’s even a bonus recipe for a spicy, figgy mustard dipping sauce. Just in time for Oktoberfest! 


This simple recipe makes for a chewy, supremely versatile flatbread that pairs well with literally anything.

xx, The FabFitFun Team