Top 10 Recipes of 2014: rise and shine

‘Tis the season – for yearly wrap-ups.

You know, all those “10 Best Cat Videos of 2014” posts on YouTube; and the David Letterman type lists that remind you of every trend, fad, and lost resolution of the year gone by.

Here at King Arthur Flour, we’re not immune to the urge to compile these lists. In fact, we love them – they let us peek into our readers’ kitchens to find out what you’ve enjoyed baking, what food topics resonate with you, and what we should offer you more of.

For instance: chocolate chip cookies, the subject of our blow-it-out-of-the-water top Facebook post of 2014, with an astounding reach of well over a million people.

And Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts, the Instagram shot that rocketed to the very top of all of the 2,000+ pictures we’ve posted on that app.

And then there’s our recipe site, which millions and millions of you visit each year. Which recipes did you view most over the past 12 months? Those same chocolate chip cookies? Brownies? Apple Pie?

Actually, none of the above. While Fudge Brownies did crack the top 25, the significant majority of recipes you viewed and liked were yeast-based. Specifically, bread. King Arthur has always served a devoted core of bread bakers, with both our flours and recipes, so that’s no surprise.

What did surprise us just a bit were the two “flourless” (read: gluten-free) recipes that slipped into the top 10 – with two additional gluten-free recipes in the top 25, meaning one in about every six of you is looking for gluten-free recipes.

Which actually pleases us no end – yes, we’re a flour company, but our true mission is to share the joy of baking with as many of you as possible. Don’t bake with wheat flour? We can help; we’ve got over 150 gluten-free recipes on our site, plus a wealth of GF mixes and ingredients.

All right already, enough with the small talk – how about that top-10 list? Here they are, in order, beginning with 2014’s #1 recipe (and also the recipe we named 2014 Recipe of the Year last year at this time) –

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1. Classic 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Blog post: Our Most Popular Recipe
★★★★½ (300) 

Reader rave: “Oh my goodness! This is so awesome that I baked it about four times in the past two weeks. I never had a 100% whole wheat bread recipe that gave me light, fluffy, great tasting bread. I am still using some of my old whole wheat loaves as door stoppers… Not this one!!! Gone in a day. So easy to prepare, and letting it sit for 20 to 30 minutes to let the bran absorb some water is absolutely BRILLIANT and makes a world of difference. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!” Michaela  – St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

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2. Rustic Sourdough Bread
Blog post: Sourdough for Sissies
★★★★½ (237)

Reader rave: “Got your starter and and made this bread. My first sourdough loaf and it was delicious! I have to say that I was in a rush and didn’t do everything perfectly and yet it turned out great – which is the sign of a great recipe if you ask me! My family just loved it and I had two pieces left over for breakfast. Thank you for this great recipe. It’s a gateway recipe to making other sourdough breads!” Mary – Salt Lake City, UT

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3. No-Knead Crusty White Bread
Blog post: The Crunchiest-Crackliest-Chewinest-Lightest-Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Bake
★★★★★ (318)

Reader rave: “Easy! Fun to make! Yummy! I typically make various breads with more complex flavors, whole grains, and often use sourdough, which I do love… I never really had the desire to make such a basic, simple bread, thinking it wouldn’t be very interesting… Turns out it was a big success. The loaves were really beautiful. The dough was a pleasure to make and work with. The dough rose and rose and ROSE! …I will definitely make this again.” bkramer – KAF Community

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4. Pizza Crust
★★★★★ (153)

Reader rave: “Perfect pizza crust recipe! I used this recipe to make Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pizza and the crust was perfectly crispy, yet had a chew and exceptional flavor. No more takeout pizza for us! Thanks so much KAF for wonderful recipes I can depend on time and time again.” Laurie – Rowlett, TX

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5. Beautiful Burger Buns
Blog post: Countdown to Summer
★★★★★ (436)

Reader rave: “I have reviewed this before but just wanted to give it another 5 stars. My husband surprised me today by making the Beautiful Burger Buns… Results… PERFECT, he followed the directions exactly, and to tell you the truth, they came out just as good as mine. He is not a baker either, he can find his way around the kitchen but that is about it. I was so impressed. Thanks King Arthur for making my husbands effort’s more than worth it.” Cassoday – KAF Community

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6. Bread Machine Bread – Easy As Can Be
★★★★★ (156)

Reader rave: “This is by far the easiest and most consistent basic white bread recipe I have ever used in my bread machine. Perfect loaf every time, always good flavor and stays moist longer than others I have tried. It’s now my go to for sandwich bread and toast.” WestR – KAF Community

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7. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Blog post: Flourless Chocolate Cake
★★★★★ (94)

Reader rave: “This flourless chocolate cake is absolutely fantastic!! Baking is not one of my strengths, I’m a very good cook, not a ‘baker,’ but this cake was so easy! I made it for a dinner party and it was a huge hit, a perfect ending to a wonderful evening! I highly recommend this recipe. I will definitely make this again!!” Sunny – Lakeland, FL

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8. Easy Self-Rising Biscuits
Blog post: Our New Unbleached Self-Rising Flour: Testing, Testing…
★★★★★ (47)

Reader rave: “Today was the first day I used KA self-rising flour. It is just now in my grocery store. The biscuits were PERFECT. I did use a larger cutter because here in the south we like our biscuits big. As soon as they came out of the oven I brushed the tops with a little salted butter. Next time I will double the recipe. My small herd wanted more : )” Michele – Georgia

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9. Flourless Fudge Cookies
Blog post: A Special Treat for the Gluten-Free Crowd
★★★★ (156)

Reader rave: “Perfect in every way – no one detected they are gluten-free. And my GF testers said ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ This is staying on the top of my cookie list… OMG – decadent, chewy brownie!” Jazzbee – Oakhurst, CA

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10. Extra-Tangy Sourdough Bread
Blog post: Time Steps in for Added Yeast
 ★★★★½ (185)

Reader rave: “I’ve made this three times now, each better than the last. The latest attempt used a proofing basket for a rise and a Dutch oven for the bake. Wonderful oven spring, open texture, and great crust. Amazing what you can do with pretty much just flour and water!” Arun H. – Milwaukee, WI

I know you’re dying to see the remaining recipes in the top 25, right? Here they are, in order –

Top102

Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake, Classic Sourdough Waffles/Pancakes, English Muffin Toasting Bread, Classic Sandwich Bread, Golden Vanilla Cake, Simply Perfect Pancakes, Sourdough Pizza Crust, Simple Cookie Glaze, Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread, Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts, Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread, King Arthur’s Classic White Sandwich Bread, Fudge Brownies, Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones.

PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

comments

  1. Ricardo Neves Gonzalez - SENAC - Petrópolis RJ - BRAZIL

    One of my favorite recipe was just that 100% whole wheat honey bread!
    I hope you could reproduce some recipes we have here at Brazil that are amazing.
    Quindim or Egg Yolk Pudding is one of them.AMAZING!
    Another brazilian delicious is Cuca de Banana or Brazilian Banana Sweet Bread with Struesel on top!!
    It´s a must at Southern States where Germany settlers and now their descendents live!
    We have another masterpiece common at Bahia Northeast state, An amazing and light bread made with flour, egg yolks, condended milk, butter and parmesan cheese we call here Pãozinho Delícia da Bahia.
    Hope you could try even my amazing Pumpkin Sweet Bread a bread that remains to Pain Perdu or Rabanadas but not fried but cooked at oven!!
    Anyway…HAPPY 2015 for all of you at KAF´s headquarter!

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    1. Ria Koper (Omaria)

      Ricardo, I always enjoy seeing your comments and the mentioning of the things you bake in Brazil. I have made those puffy little breads you gave the recipe for. I can’t think of the name right now. But they are made with tapioca flour and crackle on the top. How about giving us the recipe for the Paozinho Delicia da Bahia ? That sounds so good. Thank you and a happy New Year to you.

  2. Carolyn

    Thank you for another great year of recipes and posts. I particularly appreciated and enjoyed the comparisons you did replacing all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. KAF is my go-to site for baking recipes, and my go-to store for quality products.

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    1. PJ Hamel , post author

      You’re welcome, Carolyn – I enjoyed putting those posts together, and seeing the results first-hand, in real time. Glad it helped. And thanks for your kind words. Happy New Year! PJH

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      The easiest thing to do is to use another blog as your guide for freezing yeast bread doughs:. Happy Baking! Irene@KAF

  3. Lori

    So many wonderful recipes from KAF, and not enough time! 🙂 My favorite recipe to have tried this year was the amazing berry blitz torte, which I will definitely make again and again. I just made Carol’s caramel corn yesterday and it also got rave reviews from my family. I have also frequently made the burger buns and the soft white dinner rolls, which always turn out awesome. Next up to try for the new year will be the pan dulce and the flourless chocolate cake. Thanks so much to the great team at KAF!

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  4. Bettina

    The Beautiful Burger Buns are a favorite in our family…and a ‘must have’ at our holiday gatherings in the form of dinner rolls. We just make the buns smaller…and they are always gone when the meal is over.

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  5. Alice Grove

    One of the highlights of my Sunday morning is the Recipe Roundup email. I have found so many wonderful new ideas. KAF baking recipes are no-nonsense and never fail. In addition, I have learned so much about the beautiful art of baking. Thank you for being there.

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    1. PJ Hamel , post author

      And Alice, thank you for letting us into your kitchen via our emails – we love to share the joy of baking, and we appreciate your helping us spread the word! 🙂 PJH

  6. Donna

    Dear PJ, Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading this blog and learning and baking along with all your readers. If there were a Top 10 List of Favorite Blogs, your’s would be my #1~
    Happy New Year!

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    1. PJ Hamel , post author

      Donna, you just made my day – er, night! Thanks so much for your kind words – and for connecting here. Happy 2015! PJH

  7. catsncarl1954

    I too always look forward to the Recipe Roundup ! Usually the first to be read of all my new emails.
    Then I refer back to it often during the week .Thank you !

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We’re so glad you enjoy the Recipe Roundup and that it has such an honored place in your email lineup! Barb@KAF

  8. purple_paisley

    Love the recipe roundup as well as all the inspiration provided by the KAF website. Used the on line chat feature on Friday and received immediate response and support! I have tried some of the top recipes and look forward to trying more very soon!

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  9. toffee

    Just got around to trying the no knead crusty white bread. This was a huge hit with my family and it will go into the regular rotations of bread I make. I have shared it with all my FB friends and hope they will give it a chance too. I am never disappointed with any recipe I have tried on your site. Thanks for another winner! So many recipes, so hard on the waistline. Lol
    It was -13 this morning here Minnesota and was a perfect time to use the last of the dough in the fridge for another loaf. Yum!

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  10. Mikelib

    Goodbye frozen and delivery pizza. The pizza crust recipe is so easy to make and taste so good.

    I have been using #4 Pizza Crust recipe for almost a year now. It seems that every Friday has become pizza night at our house hold.

    Happy new years to all of the KAF crew.

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