If you want to liven up your bread basket, you're going to need a new homemade yeast recipe or two. From pumpkin shaped rolls to light-as-air bread with a rich butter flavor to even some reindeer-themed mini breads, this is a collection bound to inspire some serious carb-o-loading.
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Once you're equipped with the know-how, these creative yeast bread recipes will keep you inspired for future bread making projects.
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Mini rustic bread rolls:
Do you love the flavor of rustic bread but crave something cuter? Here's a simple solution: simply divide the dough into smaller elongated shapes. You'll get the artisan experience with a sweet mini loaf look.
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Guess what? You can take a classic soft pretzel recipe and make it into bread. Simply skip the shaping, and instead, form the pretzels into small rolls. You'll have a flavorful yeast bread that's a little different but will certainly please eaters of all ages. Recipe here.
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This classic Italian roll is "astonishingly easy" to make, and yields a fine, well flavored result. It certainly doesn't hurt that they're a pretty addition to any bread basket. Get the Semelle Rolls Recipe here.
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Pumpkin shaped rolls:
Making rolls? A few strategic slices in the sides of the dough will yield simply adorable results, as proven by this mini pumpkin roll tutorial. These would be a hit at Thanksgiving, sure, but would be well received all autumn long. Recipe here.
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This leaf-shaped bread is easy to serve -- it can be pulled apart or sliced along the seams. The shape is very pretty, so it's practically centerpiece-worthy on its own, making it an impressive as well as delicious bread. Craftsy member Aria Dawn learned to make this while enrolled in Artisan Bread Making.
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Turkey shaped loaf:
Here's an idea -- shape your loaf like a Thanksgiving turkey! Guests may or may not be fighting over the drumsticks. This could also be repurposed as a Christmas goose shaped bread, too. Recipe here.
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This braided bread, which is actually composed of croissant dough, is bound to impress dinner guests with its beauty. Its indulgent, buttery flavor certainly won't hurt. This braid was made using Colette Christian's croissant dough recipe from her Craftsy class Classic Croissants at Home.
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Overnight reindeer rolls:
Once you've made the dough, all you need is a pair of scissors; a few clever snips result in a reindeer shape once these rolls are baked. Even better? You can prepare them the night before and fill your house with the scent of fresh bread in the morning. Recipe here.
Tomorrow on the Craftsy blog, we'll share a tutorial on how to make cranberry sauce from scratch. Perfect for Thanksgiving!