The Baker Upstairs: September 2019

9.29.2019

27 Delicious Bread Recipes

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27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

I know it's not super fashionable to proclaim a love of bread right now, but I am a bread girl for life! Who doesn't love a hot slice of bread with butter and honey, or a warm biscuit slathered with jam? It's comfort food at its best! I make some form of bread for my family several days a week, and it's one of my favorite things to bake. There are so many different varieties of bread, from quick breads to biscuits and muffins to artisan bread. I love them all! I'm sharing 27 of my favorite breads to bake below, and I've separated them into categories to make it easy to find what you need!

30 Minutes or Less

Sometimes you just need bread in a hurry! These quick bread recipes are totally delicious, and perfect for busy nights when you need to get dinner on the table fast.


These biscuits are so light and fluffy, and super easy to make! I make a batch at least once a week, and my family inhales them.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These homemade cheddar bay biscuits taste just as delicious as the Red Lobster version, but even better because you can make them at home. They're simple and quick to make, and the garlic butter brushed on top is to die for!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These tortillas are one of the recipes I make most frequently! We use them for tacos or burritos, and especially love them as a side for this chicken tortilla soup. They are so good!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These biscuits have such a delicious combination of flavors! Don't be turned off if you don't have any garlic scapes... you can easily substitute chives or green onions for the scapes.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These sweet corn muffins are tender and delicious. We like to use them as a side dish for chili, and they're great with barbecued chicken as well.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


It really doesn't get better than cheese scones! I like to use Dubliner cheese because it has such a nice sharp flavor, but you can use any sharp cheddar cheese that you like.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These honey buttermilk biscuits are another of my favorites! They're a little sweeter than the buttermilk biscuits above, but every bit as delicious.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

Quick Yeast Breads (under 2 hours)

Okay, say you've got a little time for baking, but don't want to spend all afternoon making your bread. These quick yeast breads are for you! If you're a little nervous about baking with yeast, these recipes are a great way to get started.


These breadsticks are the perfect side for pasta, pizza, or soup. They're simple and quick, and have the perfect combination of flavors!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These dinner rolls are just as soft and fluffy as traditional rolls, but take only 90 minutes to make!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and for good reason. These rolls can't be beat when they're hot out of the oven! I love the buttery, salty top, and the finished rolls are so light and tender. They're one of our favorites!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These homemade bread bowls are perfect for soup night! We love them with this Panera-copycat broccoli cheddar soup, but they'd also be great with tomato basil parmesan soup, or even as a serving bowl for spinach and artichoke dip or buffalo chicken dip.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These one hour crescent rolls are a fun variation on the one hour rolls above. They're quick and easy, but still taste great!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These stuffed cheese buns are over the top delicious! They're stuffed with a ton of gooey cheese, and have the perfect hint of garlic flavor. They are amazingly good!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


Who doesn't love a warm chewy soft pretzel? These ones are my favorite, and my kids love helping me bake them. Yum!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

Classic Rolls

When I have a little more time on hands, these roll recipes are the ones I turn to. Even though they take a little more time to make, you can easily whip them up in an afternoon before dinner time. Since they have longer rises, they're even more light and tender than the quick yeast bread recipes, and totally delicious!


These pull-apart rolls have the best texture, and they're so soft and fluffy! I don't make them as often as I should, but every time I do I'm reminded of just how fantastic they are!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


My husband and I held a luncheon for family and close friends at the Lion House in Salt Lake City, Utah, just after we were married, so it has a special place in my heart. Their rolls are AMAZING, and I love that they've shared their recipe so everyone can enjoy them at home!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These soft pretzel rolls are crisp and chewy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. I love using them for sliders and sandwiches!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These are the rolls I make most often for holidays, special occasions, and Sunday dinners. They are so light and fluffy, and just all around perfect!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

Full Loaves

Sometimes you really need a whole loaf, and not just a roll or two! These loaf recipes range from simple and quick to more complicated, but they're all completely delicious.


This is the bread I make most often, and I love that it only takes about two hours to have two light and fluffy loaves of french bread on the table. It makes delicious french toast or french bread pizza, and we love it as a side for soup.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This crusty artisan bread is a quicker version of the no-knead artisan breads below, but it still tastes like it came from a fancy bakery. It's super easy to mix the dough, and has very little hands on time.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This bread has an amazing cheesy flavor, and makes THE BEST grilled cheese sandwiches. It does need to sit overnight, but there's almost no hands-on time.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


These baguettes are probably the most complicated bread recipe on my site (19 hours to make!) but they are totally worth it! Crusty and chewy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside... they are so good!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This crusty bread is super simple to mix up the night before, then bake the next day in a dutch oven. It turns out so beautiful, too!

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This braided sweet bread is so light and tender, and has the best sweet flavor! We love it served warm with butter and jam, and it's excellent when used for french toast.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


Years ago, I baked all of my family's bread, and this honey wheat sandwich bread was one of the two recipes I made most often. It's perfect for sandwiches, and is sturdy while still being light and fluffy.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This Irish soda bread is too good to save just for St. Patrick's Day! The orange zest and raisins add so much flavor to the bread, and it's delicious with a warm drink on the side. We really like to enjoy it as a simple breakfast with fresh fruit and scrambled eggs.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!


This is my other favorite sandwich bread recipe, in addition to the honey wheat bread above. It's light and fluffy, and stays together perfectly for sandwiches. I've tried a lot of bread recipes that are crumbly or thick and dense, and this sandwich bread is head and shoulders above the rest.

27 delicious bread recipes - from quick biscuits to artisan breads, there's a delicious bread recipe for every occasion!

Happy bread-making!

9.26.2019

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

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This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!

This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!

When my husband and I were first married, we spent almost every Saturday morning watching cooking shows on PBS. We were both busy students with full time jobs, and I looked forward to those lazy Saturday mornings all week! One of my favorite shows was Daisy Cooks, and I remember learning about so many new foods I had never tried before. Chipotles in adobo, chilaquiles, culantro - all things I and never heard of before, and suddenly couldn't wait to try. I remember watching one episode in particular in which Daisy made alfajores with dulce de leche, and I couldn't get those sweet little sandwich cookies out of my head! It was several years later that I made alfajores and dulce de leche for myself for the first time, and they were every bit as delicious as I imagined they would be.

If you haven't tried dulce de leche before, it's a sweet caramel-like sauce made from milk and sugar. You can use it anywhere you would use caramel sauce - as an ice cream topping, over waffles or pancakes, or poured over brownies or cakes. It's completely delicious as a dipping sauce or filling for churros, and is totally amazing drizzled over crepes. We also like it as a dip for fruit, especially apples. The best part is that it's surprisingly easy to make your own dulce de leche at home! My recipe has just one ingredient - sweetened condensed milk. I shared a slow cooker recipe for dulce de leche several years ago, but since my slow cooker mostly just sits on the shelf gathering dust these days, I decided it was high time to figure out an instant pot version. It's just as simple and easy as the slow cooker method, but takes way less time. And the dulce de leche turns out just as delicious!

This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!

You'll start by pouring your sweetened condensed milk into half-pint mason jars. (Technically, you can leave the sweetened condensed milk in the unopened can and make it that way, but it feels a little too risky for me. I'm still not quite convinced that my Instant Pot isn't going to explode at any moment, so having an unopened can full of boiling caramel inside of it makes me incredibly nervous.) I had a little less than half a can leftover from another recipe, and added a full can to make two full half-pint jars. If you're starting with two full cans of sweetened condensed milk, you should be able to divide them between three half-pint jars evenly. After 35 minutes at high pressure, the milk will be a pretty caramel color, and changed from regular sweetened condensed milk to dulce de leche deliciousness! Let it cool completely, then store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. This dulce de leche is so tasty, and so easy to make!

This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!
Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

2 14 ounce jars sweetened condensed milk
3 (1/2 pint size) canning jars with lids and bands
water

Open the cans of sweetened condensed milk, and divide evenly between the canning jars. Place the lids and bands on the jars. Place the jars on the trivet in the bottom of the instant pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches about an inch below the top of the jars. Place the lid on the instant pot (make sure it is turned to seal) and cook on manual at high pressure for 35 minutes. Quick release the steam, then carefully remove the jars from the pot using tongs. Let cool completely, then store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!

9.24.2019

Thai Peanut Noodles

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These thai peanut noodles are a savory and flavorful 30 minute meal that the whole family will love!

These thai peanut noodles are a savory and flavorful 30 minute meal that the whole family will love!

You know those nights when nothing sounds good, you're short on groceries, and you can't think what to make for dinner? These thai peanut noodles are your answer! They're ready in less than thirty minutes, deliciously flavorful, and kid-friendly. They are one of the most frequently cooked meals at my house, and my twelve year old can even make them herself. We always have the ingredients on hand in the pantry and fridge, so they're perfect for nights when I don't feel like cooking.

The peanut sauce for these noodles is so simple and flavorful, and throwing in some rotisserie chicken adds some protein and balances it out into a full meal.  We like to serve it with sautéed fresh vegetables on the side for an easy and delicious dinner. My kids call these "peanut butter noodles" and gobble them up whenever I serve them. If you like things spicy, you can add a little more (or a lot more) sriracha, but my kids are wimps about spicy foods so we usually stick with about half a teaspoon. These noodles make great leftovers, so I often double the recipe and portion them out for lunches during the week. They are so good!

Thai Peanut Noodles

for the noodles:
8 ounces linguine noodles
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

for topping:
chopped green onions
chopped peanuts
fresh limes (optional)

Cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, in a small sauce pan, whisk together the chicken broth, peanut butter, sriracha, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Heat until warm and slightly thickened, then stir in the rotisserie chicken and set aside. Toss the sauce with cooked pasta. Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts, and a squeeze of lime juice.

adapted slightly from Our Best Bites

These thai peanut noodles are a savory and flavorful 30 minute meal that the whole family will love!

9.22.2019

20 Cozy Soups to Make This Fall

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20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!

Are you a soup lover like me? I would choose soup for dinner over almost every other food. I can't get enough of it! There are so many different varieties and flavors, from light and healthy to thick and hearty. I love that a warm bowl of soup can cozy up a cold night, in the best way. Pair it with some delicious hot bread, and I am sold! We eat soup at least once a week, year round, but during the colder months we increase it to several times a week. I'm sharing 20 of our favorite soup recipes with you, to give you some inspiration for planning your menus this fall. They're all unique, but each is totally delicious!


This taco soup is so easy to make, and my kids love it! It mostly uses cans from the pantry, so it's a great meal for when you're low on groceries. We love it with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips on top. Yum!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


I make this Guinness beef stew almost every year for St. Patrick's Day, and it is always a hit. It's the perfect hearty stew for a cold winter day! I love that it's so rich and flavorful, and it tastes even better with a dollop of sour cream on top.

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This tomato basil parmesan soup is one of the soups I make most frequently. I like to double the recipe and freeze the leftovers for another day. It's great with crusty bread on the side and/or grilled cheese. I make this every year for Halloween night, and it's the perfect warm and cozy soup to enjoy after trick or treating!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This cauliflower soup is so flavorful and tasty! Don't be turned off if you're not the hugest cauliflower fan. It really tastes more like a creamy potato soup, and the cauliflower flavor is very mild. My husband hates cauliflower, but he loves this soup!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This bacon and corn chowder is simple and delicious! I like to make it with fresh corn from the farmers market (although you can easily use frozen or canned corn instead), and it's so flavorful and hearty. 

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This zuppa toscana is just as delicious as the Olive Garden version, but even better because you can make it at home! It's pretty rich, but it's incredibly flavorful and has such a delicious combination of ingredients. 

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


Like the zuppa toscana above, this sausage and tortellini soup has so many complementary flavors that work well together to make a delicious soup. My kids love it!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


I got this cheesy vegetable chowder recipe from my best friend Cort, and it is a total winner! It's meatless, but still hearty and filling. The recipe makes a lot, so it's perfect for dinner with friends!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


I'm not always a big fan of curry, but I loooooooove this coconut curry soup. It has so much rich flavor, and it's delicious served over rice. My picky kids love this too!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


Living near the coast as we do, we eat a LOT of clam chowder, and this homemade bacon clam chowder is one of our favorites! It's so rich and creamy, and I love the flavor that the bacon and clams add. We love to eat it with these cheddar biscuits!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This is definitely the soup I make most frequently, and I am addicted to it! It tastes a lot like the chicken tortilla soup from Cafe Rio or Costa Vida, and I love it topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips. 

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This corn chowder is rich and creamy, and the bacon makes it extra delicious! I stock up on sweet corn from a local farm every fall, and freeze it to make batches of this soup all winter. 

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This chicken enchilada soup tastes just like the Chili's version! I don't usually cook with processed cheese, but I cannot resist a bowl of this flavorful and savory soup!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This sausage and potato chowder is so simple, and so delicious! It's similar to the zuppa toscana above, but without the kale or spinach. 

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This baked potato soup has all of the flavors I love in a baked potato, but in soup form. Load it up with cheese, bacon, and green onions, and it's a bowl of deliciousness!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This chicken fajita soup is so flavorful! I'm not always a big fan of rice in soup, but I totally love it in this soup. It has a fantastic combination of flavors!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This pork verde chili is made with tender chunks of pork, beans, green chilies, and is flavored with green enchilada sauce. It's a fun twist on a classic chili recipe.

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This broccoli cheddar soup is a Panera-copycat recipe, and it's every bit as delicious as the original! It's creamy and cheesy, and the broccoli and carrots are tender and delicious. It's also really quick to make, so it's perfect for a busy night!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This pasta e fagioli soup is full of so many delicious flavors and textures! It actually freezes really well, so it's great to make a batch and freeze the leftovers for later. (If you're going to freeze it, I would suggest freezing the pasta separately, or cooking a batch of pasta and then throwing it into the soup when you reheat it.) It's especially delicious with breadsticks on the side!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!


This split pea and bacon soup is a classic, and for good reason! I don't always love the way it makes my house smell, but it tastes absolutely delicious!

20 delicious fall soup recipes to cozy up a cold night!

Happy soup making!
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