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Bread Recipes

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

Prosciutto & Arugula Sandwich on 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

Loaded with vegetables — carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage — a little bacon and a touch of cream, this cabbage soup is definitely hearty, best served on a cold winter day with crusty bread and nothing more. For me, it's the dill and caraway seeds that make it unlike any other I have tasted, the caraway seeds in particular imparting a lovely yet subtle flavor. // alexandracooks.com

Paul Steindler’s Cabbage Soup and A Peasant Bread Follow-Up

Flavored with orange zest and orange (or almond) liqueur, this incredibly tasty and moist — thanks to a generous amount of ricotta cheese — orange ricotta pound cake is the perfect treat, a particularly nice afternoon snack with a cup of tea, to have on hand this time of year. It would make a lovely gift as well. // alexandracooks.com

Orange-Ricotta Pound Cake

Two fresh loaves of peasant bread on a cooling rack, and the pyrex bowls they were baked in.

My Mother’s Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

A just-baked lemon and smoked mozzarella pizza.

Lemon, Smoked Mozzarella & Basil Pizza

Iced or not, these cinnamon rolls go down fast. Best of all, they can be prepared in advance and baked in the morning. If you don't have a go-to cinnamon roll recipe, look no further. These are amazing! // alexandracooks.com

The BEST Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

While I love this baked French toast above all for its texture — caramelized on the outside, not soggy on the inside — what distinguishes it from any other French toast I've had, baked or otherwise, is the presence of lemon zest, a most-unexpected and delicious flavor in a traditionally cinnamon-spiked dish. // alexandracooks.com

Baked French Toast

Grilled Chicken Caesar Kale Salad & Piadines, sort of

This no-knead oatmeal bread is a cinch to prepare — true to the title, no kneading is involved — and the bread, chewy in texture and slightly sweet, is just straight-up delicious, a treat to have on hand. // alexandracooks.com

No-Knead Oatmeal Toasting Bread

Fig jam, caramelized onion and blue cheese pizza.

Lahey Pizza Dough | Tipo 00 Flour | Fig Jam, Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese Pizza

Light Brioche Burger Buns

A bubbling, bechamel-and-roasted vegetable open-faced sandwich, this asparagus croque monsieur is daydream worthy. While you won't miss the meat on this spring vegetable tartine, one topped with smoked Niman Ranch ham would be heavenly. // alexandracooks.com

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

Overhead shot of two loaves of super moist banana bread.

Mrs. Myers’s Sweet and Moist Banana Bread

Olive oil makes this semolina bread super moist, but it's the presence of semolina flour, an ingredient I am only just discovering, that gives this bread such a unique texture and flavor. The owner of Macrina Bakery, Leslie Mackie, to whom we can thank for this creation, says it best: "Semolina flour gives the bread a hearty texture but also a kind of creamy, almost corn-like flavor." A salty, crusty exterior moreover makes the bread irresistible. // alexandracooks.com

Rosemary Semolina Bread with Sea Salt from Seattle’s Macrina Bakery

A roasted butternut squash and crispy sage pizza on a board.

Pizza with Roasted Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage

Perfectly Moist Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Rolls — Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day Style

Pizza Margherita, Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Homemade Ricotta