Yeast Breads

Rustic Dutch Oven Bread

June 9, 2015
Rustic Dutch Oven Bread - a hearty, everyday bread with a thick, crunchy crust and tender crumb. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

A couple years ago I bought Tartine Bread, and I had all these big dreams of making perfect, thick-crusted, hole-ridden sourdough bread – the kind that makes you wonder how run-of-the-mill grocery-store sourdough can even pass as edible. It quickly became obvious that the book is worth it’s salt because just adapting a few techniques from it completely transformed my […]

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Everything Bagel Bread

April 15, 2015
Everything Bagel Bread - Just like a perfectly soft and fluffy Everything Bagel, but in loaf form! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Tell me you’re prepared for something mind-blowing right now. Because this bread?? Mind-BLOWING. I swear I’m not a huge exaggerator, but when your whole perspective on bagels gets flipped upside-down by a single loaf of bread, you’ve gotta know that you’ve just stumbled upon something pretty dang special. My original feeling about bagels?… not bad, but definitley […]

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Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns

April 3, 2015
Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns - a classic bread turned into super-soft sweet rolls, loaded with gooey swirls of cinnamon-sugar and juicy raisins.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Every year when Easter rolls around I remember that hot cross buns exist and that I’ve been meaning to try making them for a while now, but every year I also realize this way too late, and I promise myself that next year I’ll get on it. Granted, it’s not like I’m restricted from making them for any […]

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Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

March 28, 2015
Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls -  soft, tender, and fluffy bread rolls with a hint of honeyed sweetness. | brighteyedbaker.com

Is it just me, or is there something about honey whole wheat rolls that seems so inherently perfect for springtime? I know I decided to call these “dinner rolls” and therefore I’m already contradicting myself right now, but I can’t help but think of weekend brunches complete with these rolls, honey butter, and lots of mimosas (plus […]

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Pesto Swirl Bread

January 15, 2015
Pesto Swirl Bread - A fluffy loaf swirled with basil pesto and sprinkled with sea salt. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Whoever came up with the idea of swirl bread deserves a medal. When you take something that’s already fantastic (homemade bread) and swirl it with something else that’s pretty fantastic itself, you just KNOW that the results are going to blow your mind. (Or your tastes buds? BOTH.) So I’ve done the cinnamon-swirl thing and a chocolate […]

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Sweet Potato Rolls + a ThermoWorks DOT Giveaway!

November 16, 2014
Super-soft and pillowy bread rolls that are easy to make and perfect for serving a crowd.

SO. If you keep up with my constant stream of food-obsessing on Instagram – (hi and you’re awesome!) – you probably saw these rolls make an appearance the other day. It was a total case of spur-of-the-moment baking that turned into something I had to share ASAP. So once again, my bread-loving self is going to […]

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Garlic Naan

November 13, 2014
Garlic Naan - There's nothing better than this soft, pillowy naan served warm with a bit of butter or a hot meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I have a love affair with bread. I wish I could convince everyone to bake their own – at least once. There’s really not much better than homemade bread, warm and fresh from the oven (or in this case the stove), slathered with butter or just enjoyed on its own. If you haven’t experienced that, […]

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Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread {dairy-free}

October 15, 2014
Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread  - use all your favorite seeds to make this hearty whole wheat loaf. | brighteyedbaker.com

We’re finally having a cool, cloudy day here in California which makes it seem like the perfect time to share a recipe for hearty homemade bread. This loaf seems especially appropriate – whole wheat, flecked with a mix of healthy seeds, and packed with flavor. It’s days like this that make me want to throw on […]

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Sourdough English Muffins

July 18, 2014
Sourdough English Muffins - soft and puffy English Muffins made at home with a simple fry pan. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s becoming ridiculous when I realize how many recipes I have in the lineup to share, considering the fact that many of them date from last summer, if not earlier. If that happens once, like with these gorgeously perfect strawberry muffins, then okay, I can deal with that. But when there are so many that […]

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Sally Lunn Bread

July 7, 2014
Sally Lunn Bread - a simple, no-knead recipe for an incredibly light, fluffy, and airy bread. | brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something about a holiday weekend that makes Mondays seem extra-dull. Even though I spent the first part of Friday food-prepping (as in making the best burger buns I’ve ever had EVER, plus my favorite corn salsa and cookies), a good chunk of the weekend was all about doing whatever the heck seemed fun. That mostly included: a) […]

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