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Top 10 New Years Day Breads


It's a tradition among the Pennsylvania Dutch to serve pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day. It's believed that eating pork and sauerkraut on the first day of the new year brings good luck. Baking bread on the first day is also considered lucky and is said to ensure plenty of food for the rest of the year.

1. Beginner's White Bread

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This is the easiest white yeast bread you can make. If you've never made bread before, or want an easy recipe to follow, this is a great white bread to bring in the New Year.

2. Amish Milk Bread

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A very traditional bread served in Pennsylvania, this milk bread tastes delicious served warm and topped with butter.

3. Amish White Bread

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Another Amish bread, this recipe is made with lard instead of butter. The result is a beautifully soft bread that can be served warm or toasted with your pork and sauerkraut dinner.

4. Honey White Bread

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Add a touch of sweetness to your pork and sauerkraut meal with this bread. Made with honey, this is a delicious bread to serve for breakfast or dinner.

5. Sour Cream White Bread

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If you have leftover sour cream from the holidays, here's the perfect bread recipe for you. This one loaf recipe is easy to make and looks beautiful on the dinner table.

6. French Bread

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Want to try something different for the New Year? This easy yeast recipe makes two long loaves of french bread that are perfect for passing around the dinner table.


7. Buttermilk Bread

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Once you've had buttermilk bread, you will never want to go back to regular white bread. For this recipe, you can use either fresh buttermilk or the powdered buttermilk found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.

8. Beer Bread

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Beer and sauerkraut! What more can a person ask for on the New Year? This recipe makes a beautifully soft and deliciously flavored loaf of bread.

9. Easy Potato Bread

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Many people seem to have the misconception that potato breads are difficult to make. They aren't. This recipe is very similar to a white bread recipe and only uses 1 cup of leftover or instant mashed potatoes.

10. Horseshoe Egg Bread

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Make extra certain that this New Year is a lucky one with this recipe for a braided, horseshoe-shaped egg bread.

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