Gathering ’round the table for a big holiday dinner requires a lot of prep work, and one item tends to get overlooked in the madness of Christmas meal planning: bread. It’s tempting to buy premade canned dough, but aside from the biggest problem — your being terrified when the can pops open before you’re ready — it really takes down the quality of the meal. Don’t settle for store-bought. Try a few of our favorite holiday bread ideas, starting with gorgeous grape-studded rosemary focaccia (pictured above).
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Just-out-of-the-oven biscuits are delicious when smothered in butter, slathered in jam or just eaten plain. Take your classic biscuit recipe or store-bought mix to a whole new level with the addition of sweet or salty mix-ins.
1. Bacon and Cheddar (pictured above)
Kelsey Nixon’s Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits feature pieces of crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and chives. Serve them warm with butter.
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Flaky Appetizer Cream Cheese Biscuits are made with three ingredients, cream cheese, butter and flour, and come together easily in the food processor. Photograph by Rick McKee
Light and flaky, rich and moist, crumbly, silky, buttery, savory: Yes, there are a lot of biscuits out there, and I can’t think of a more fun summer project than exploring them all, baking up batch after batch for picnics, potlucks, grill-outs and backyard barbecues. With Southern Biscuits, by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, perfect recipes and techniques for a whole slew of biscuits are delivered in one beautiful cookbook.
They begin with an invaluable “Biscuit Basics” chapter – my biscuits will never be the same now that I know the importance of low-gluten flour, the difference between fats, eight different methods for shaping biscuit dough and more. The recipes start with easy biscuits, requiring only a few ingredients and simple steps, and then dive into traditional biscuits, requiring more ingredients (butter, lard, oh my!) and a little more love. But the truth is, even though baking biscuits is an old-time tradition, they’re surprisingly quick and easy to make and deserve a place in everyone’s modern, busy lifestyle.
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