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Best Winter Breads to Bake

When it's freezing cold outdoors, that's a great excuse to stay in inside and bake something warm. While many people turn to stew, roasts or other hearty meals, a brisk winter day is also a great opportunity to make a tasty loaf of bread. Check out a few of our favorite winter breads this season and make one at home in your bread maker

1. Honey Wheat 
Honey wheat is an increasingly popular flavor because it mixes subtle sweetness with the rich, complexity of whole wheat. This bread won't just make your home smell great as it bakes, it's a versatile food. You can enjoy this bread on its own as toast for breakfast or you can make sweet tea sandwiches. 

Although this bread is only a small twist on the most popular type of bread, it's worth making. Consider adding some additions like oats or walnuts as well. 

2. Banana Bread with Peanut Butter 
Do you have old bananas that are about to go bad? A cold day this winter is the perfect time to put them to use and make some delicious banana bread. Pair this classic dessert bread with a few scoops of peanut butter for a classic flavor combination and a unique bread option. It' perfect for dessert or breakfast because it's sweet and packs a protein punch. 

Add nuts to your banana bread. Add nuts to your banana bread.

3. Pumpkin Spice 
This bread isn't just for the fall. Inspired by the popular gourd, pumpkin spice bread is really all about the spices. Use nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and mace to get that perfect pumpkin spice taste as well as some pureed pumpkin and your standard bread ingredients. This bread is always a crowd pleaser and the perfect thing for large groups. 

4. Oatmeal Bread 
Oats are a great breakfast food, but you don't always need to enjoy them as oatmeal. Make this hearty bread option to kick your mornings off the right way. With both oats and bran, this recipe gives you the option for an oatmeal bread that's filled with nutrients but still delicious. 

5. Sourdough Bread
Winter also means it's a great time to make a great-tasting sandwich from scratch. Bake yourself a loaf of tasty sourdough bread and use it to make a hot sandwich to keep the cold at bay. 

Try the Oster® 2 lb. Bread Maker 
Don't worry about using your oven to make your bread. Use this bread maker for a superior experience. All you need to do is place the ingredients in and select your preferences on size, type and color. You'll end up with a great loaf of bread and none of the headaches.