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Bread Recipes

This chocolate loaf cake gets better by the day and is as impossible to resist with morning coffee as with postprandial cordials. Intense chocolate, subtle coffee and booze, perfect sweetness, complete deliciousness. Coffee, booze, salt — somehow I think you (and Nigella) would approve. // alexandracooks.com

Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake with Booze and Coffee

A bowl of roasted tomato and bread soup aside homemade bread and a spoon.

Roasted Tomato and Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Plates of summer squash saute.

Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil & Pine Nuts

A zucchini, burrata, and anchovy pizza topped with fresh basil.

Summer Squash Pizza with Burrata & Basil

This sandwich bread can be made entirely with whole wheat flour, but I like using a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, which produce a soft, light, and sturdy loaf, one that appeals, most importantly, to both toddlers and adults alike. // alexandracooks.com

Walter Sands’ Soft Sandwich Bread

Cinnamon pull-apart bread on a board.

Cinnamon and Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

The best and easiest gluten-free bread you will ever make.

Gluten-Free Peasant Bread Recipe

Preserved lemons work nicely anywhere lemon and salt work nicely — so, everywhere? — and while there is something about the combination of smoked mozzarella and lemon that just can't be beat, this preserved lemon pizza is a fun combination, too: za'atar with olive oil, fresh ricotta, preserved lemon and basil. // alexandracooks.com

What To Do with Those Preserved Lemons? Pizza, Orzo

Croque madame — croque monsieur topped with a poached egg — on a cutting board.

Croque Monsieur (Croque Madame) with Poached Eggs

Thyme dinner rolls on a cooling rack.

Easy, No-Knead Dinner Rolls

This summer squash gratin couldn't be simpler to throw together, and unlike so many gratins, this one is not laden with cream and cheese. You also can't mess it up. The layer of vegetables can be thin or thick. There's no perfect ratio of squash to topping. This dish is rustic. It's fast. It's easy. Go wild. // alexandracooks.com

Super Easy Summer Squash Gratin

A margherita pizza cut into pieces.

Baking Steel Pizza Two Ways: Margherita and Caramelized Onion & Burrata

Charred eggplant produces a creaminess without the help of oil, and the charring moreover imparts such a nice smokiness to the eggplant's flesh. Some sort of flatbread or grilled bread is a must with each of these preparations, and if you happen to have some za'atar in your pantry, the aromatic spice mixture complements the eggplant so nicely. // alexandracooks.com

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

An overhead shot of a dish of whipped ricotta with olive oil, herbs and grilled bread.

Ricotta with Thyme, Olive Oil & Grilled Bread

Pissaladière/Focaccia: What to Do With Past-Prime Lahey Pizza Dough

English Muffins with Simple Strawberry Jam • Wren • When My Mother Comes to Visit…

An overhead shot of a mini loaf pan filled with just-baked lemon-ricotta pound cake.

Lemon-Ricotta Pound Cake

For Gabrielle Hamilton, the success of this prosciutto and arugula sandwich relies on a delicate balance, "the perfection of three fats together — butter, olive oil, and the white fat from prosciutto or lardo." Served on (faux) ciabatta bread, it's delicious. // alexandracooks.com

Three Fats on Faux Ciabatta

Made with shallots, bread crumbs, olive oil, capers, anchovies, parsley and thyme, this bread crumb salsa could be served with anything from pan-seared lamb chops to grilled steak. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Toasted Bread Crumb Salsa

The Best Croutons and How Best to Eat Them

3 Simple Tartines: Mushroom; Radicchio & Gorgonzola; Fresh Ricotta // Plus A Few More Ideas for Oscar Night

Toast with Hard Boiled Eggs & Bagna Cauda // Also, Walnut Bread

A Card, and 3 Simple Ways to Begin Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

Just when you think you have nothing to serve for dinner, toasted breadcrumbs along with a few pantry items — garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and anchovies — come to the rescue, working together to produce an unbelievably tasty dinner. This is pantry cooking at its finest — quick, easy, delicious. // alexandracooks.com

Pasta with Crispy Bread Crumbs, Anchovies, and Garlic