20 Stuffed Bread Recipes For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Beyond

When it comes to getting our carb fix, the only thing better than bread is, well, an entire loaf of it with a whole bunch of stuff inside. If you are of the same mind, keep reading: We found a host of delicious and decadent stuffed bread recipes that will impress guests and satisfy sweet and savory cravings alike.

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1. Mozzarella-Stuffed Pizza Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <500 calories, kid-friendly

It’s like a stuffed crust pizza, except the pizza is replaced with a few dollops of sun-dried tomato pesto to mimic the flavor. Serve this one up as a party appetizer or as a main alongside a simple salad—either way, the crowd will go wild.

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2. Braided Apple Danish Loaf

  • Time Commitment: 14 hours
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special-occasion worthy

A sinfully delicious combination of apples, apricot jam and cinnamon give this stuffed loaf loads of flavor. Plus, the surprisingly simple braiding technique promises to score you extra points for presentation. If you want to impress friends and family, this treat fits the bill.

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3. Cheesy Supreme Pizza Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <500 calories

Here, browned and buttery dinner rolls are a decidedly unfussy substitute for pizza dough. Stuff ‘em with tomato, cheese and all your favorite toppings for an appetizer or entree that’s so quick and satisfying.

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4. Homemade Gluten-Free Copycat Totino's Pizza Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 38 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, gluten-free, vegan

If you love the pizza roll idea but have a dietary restriction, this gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly is a more than adequate substitute.

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5. Leek Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, crowd-pleaser

Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, because pretty much all of them pair well with this combination of melty leeks and thyme stuffed into a crusty loaf of homemade bread. Whichever one you choose, prepare to swoon.

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6. Nutella Stuffed Conchas

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner friendly

This Mexican-inspired dessert involves stuffing a sugar-coated sweet bread with Nutella and strawberries. Need we say more?

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7. Gluten-Free Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

  • Time Commitment: 6 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan, gluten-free

French toast without gluten or egg seems like an impossible feat, but this combo of fresh strawberry puree and dairy-free strawberry cream cheese proves otherwise. Best of all, the whole thing takes less than 10 minutes to make, so you can accommodate dietary restrictions and please everyone’s taste buds at brunch in the blink of an eye.

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8. Italian Easter Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <500 calories, special-occasion worthy

Give raw eggs a pastel-colored makeover before nestling them into this beautiful and oh-so festive loaf. The bread and the eggs will cook together and you’ll be rewarded with an eye-pleasing end result that’s sure to be the star of your Easter brunch menu.

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9. Cheese Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

Calling all cheese lovers: This pull-apart loaf is loaded with melty, gooey goodness. Bake it up whenever you’re in the mood for a decadent, savory indulgence.

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10. Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

Move over, Croque Madame. This savory twist on a dessert menu staple—featuring ham, Swiss and fresh herbs—results in a casserole-style souffle so tasty it will make all your brunch dreams come true.

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11. Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Recipe With Tahini

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, Mediterranean diet-friendly

A Middle Eastern shawarma spice blend is a palate-pleasing complement to the meaty, umami flavor of mushrooms in this filling, vegan-friendly recipe. Anyone in search of a new favorite lunch feature will find what they’re looking for here.

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12. The Best Stuffed French Toast

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

Craving dessert for breakfast? No problem—satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy upgrade on a standard French toast recipe, which boasts a heavenly combo of fresh fruit and everyone’s favorite chocolate spread (Nutella, of course).

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13. Apple Empanadas

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <500 calories, crowd-pleaser

Dessert empanadas: they’re a thing. Here, the delightfully flaky dough is stuffed with a cinnamon and clove-spiked apple mixture to create a must-try fall dessert.

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14. Pepperoni Bread

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

This pizza dough bundle is crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and stuffed with a winning combination of marinara, pepperoni and cheese. Make this one if you love calzones but hate the mess.

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15. Strawberry Banana Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, paleo, gluten-free

There’s not too much stuffing involved here—just a row of fresh strawberry slices nestled into the top of a banana bread loaf—but the finished product is flavorful and pretty enough to earn you star baker status.

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16. Eggnog Pull-Apart Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

Nut-packed, eggnog-spiked and glazed…Cinnabon has nothing on this show-stopping holiday dessert.

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17. Apple Cinnamon Star Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special-occasion worthy, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

It’s tasty enough to replace pie on Thanksgiving and pretty enough to be the centerpiece of any holiday spread…until your party guests start tearing it apart, of course. (You might want to snap a few photos of your baking success before you put it up for grabs.)

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18. Pull Apart Cheese Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, vegetarian, <500 calories, <10 ingredients

Looking for a carb-loaded companion to soups, pastas and salad? This decadent number is a twist on garlic bread that’s stuffed with green onion, herbs and copious amounts of cheese.

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19. Cheesy Herb Stuffed Naan

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, make-ahead, Mediterranean-diet friendly

Densely and delightfully packed with a combination of two cheeses (feta and mozz, but you could also try paneer), this Indian-inspired flatbread recipe is an ideal companion to curry.

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20. Parmesan Pesto Bread

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

The swirls of pesto and parm in this beautifully twisted loaf of bread look fancy, but the whole thing is much easier to pull off than you’d expect. For best results, make your own pesto and go heavy on the cheese.

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