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7 Cozy Artisan Breads to Bake This Fall

A table full of artisan breads.
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There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-baked bread wafting through your living room. And, if you have flour, a fridge, and an oven, you’re already halfway there! Start your fall baking with any of these cozy artisan loaves.

Freshly baked bread is a favorite of many people, and you don’t have to go to a professional bakery to enjoy it. While baking it at home takes some forethought, the actual process is anything but hard. As long as you have time to let it rise, fresh-baked bread is the perfect thing to make on a chilly autumn weekend.

But don’t settle for a basic sandwich loaf. Give an artisan creation a try. If you’re craving cloud-like challah, a crusty slice of cheese bread, or an apple-infused sweet loaf, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got your new favorite fall-inspired bread recipe right here, and we can’t wait for you to try it.

Pumpkin Challah

Pumpkin Challah Bread on a wooden tray surrounded by small pumpkins and pine cones.
Tori Avey

Challah bread is known for its gorgeous braided configurations. If you add a pumpkin puree, you can turn these intricate loaves to a stunning orange and give them a blast of fall flavor. It makes a perfect centerpiece, and, trust us, it tastes even better than it looks!

Get the Recipe: Tori Avey’s Pumpkin Challah

Classic Crusty French Bread

A fresh loaf of French bread might be one of the finest foods on earth. If you think this crusty white loaf is boring, you’re just not seeing the possibilities. French bread can perfectly accompany your favorite fall soups and stews. Its soft and chewy insides soak up all the flavor of warm, comforting broths, and its crispy crust gives you that oh-so-satisfying crunch.

Get the Recipe: Taste of Home’s French Bread

Herb-Filled Foccacia

Foccacia is undeniably fun to make. There’s something about studding dough with finger marks that takes you back to your childhood—when playing with your food, though frowned upon, was ultimately forgiven.

Fill the loaf with fall-friendly flavors, like rosemary, sage, and garlic. Serve it alongside smoked, sliced meats for a drool-worthy take on a charcuterie board.

Get the Recipe: Gimme Some Oven’s Foccacia Bread

Hearth Bread

A loaf of hearth bread, with two slices and a saucer of butter next to it.
King Arthur Flour

Something about the word “hearth” evokes images of cozy fires and mom’s home cooking. This bread is as nourishing as it is comforting. It works perfectly as a sandwich, especially with autumn-appropriate toppings, like turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce.

When it’s freshly baked, we think hearth bread tastes fantastic toasted with a little butter.

Get the Recipe: King Arthur Flour’s Hearth Bread

Multi-Seed Bread

For all the health-conscious bakers out there, a multi-seed bread is the way to go. To make it seasonal, replace the poppy and sesame seeds in this recipe with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Get the Recipe: Epicurious’ Multi-Grain Bread with Seeds

Crusty Cheese Bread

This one’s a great choice for entertaining because everyone loves cheese bread, and no one wants to indulge in it alone. One of the ultimate guilty pleasures, this carb-loaded cheese vessel is also fantastic alongside Oktoberfest-inspired beers and brats.

If too much spice isn’t your bread and butter (so to speak), skip the jalapeno in this recipe.

Get the Recipe: Michelle and Erin’s Easy Crusty Jalapeño Cheese Bread

Artisan Apple Bread

Artisan apple bread on a cutting board, sitting on a kitchen counter next to a toaster, and a glass canister full of flour.
NestingWithGrace.com

When you infuse a traditional loaf with sweet apples, it takes a savory bread into sweeter territory. Whether you enjoy a slice for breakfast or as an after-dinner treat, we can promise one thing: this loaf won’t last long!

Get the Recipe: Nesting with Grace’s Apple Artisan Bread

So, preheat that oven, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to knead, because nothing goes better with a cozy fall meal than a slice of homemade artisan bread.

Lauren Sakiyama Lauren Sakiyama
Lauren Sakiyama is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. She has managed restaurants, country clubs, and large-scale event operations, but her passion has always been about the food. Read Full Bio »

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