11 Bread Recipes You Can Make in Your 9x13 Baking Dish

overhead view looking down into homemade Soft Dinner Rolls recipe topped with sesame seeds and baked in a 9x13 dish
Photo: Sayeeda Rayhan

Casseroles aren't the only things you can bake in a 9x13 dish. You can use this beloved kitchen workhorse to bake breads like focaccia, cornbread, pull-apart rolls, and sweet buns as well. While breads that bake from a batter, such as cornbread, need to be contained within the four walls of the dish, there's also an advantage to baking yeasted bread rolls and buns in a 9x13 instead of on a sheet pan. The walls encourage upward rather than outward expansion as the dough bakes, resulting in taller, fluffier bakes. Scroll through to get easy bread recipes that use a 9x13 baking dish.

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Sweet Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Rolls on wooden platter

Canned sweet potato purée gives basic rolls a divine moisture and flavor, as well as eye-catching color. They're not overly sweet and make a great companion for heartier dishes, especially meats and stews.

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Fantastic Focaccia Bread

Fantastic Focaccia Bread

If you've never made bread from scratch before, focaccia is a great place to start. This simple, straightforward focaccia recipe comes to life in a 9x13 casserole dish and doesn't require an elaborate kneading process, making it an attainable and delicious project for beginner bakers.

Related: How to Decorate Focaccia Bread Like a Work of Edible Art

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Homesteader Cornbread

three squares of cornbread on a white plate

"My husband and I have made this recipe several times and we love it," says community member FUNKYDEMON. "This is a sweet dense cornbread but I find that it's sweetness is a good complement to a spicy chili. It keeps fairly well but any cut edges will dry out quickly — however since the bread is dense it will still be moist just beyond the cut edge. Only cut off as much as you plan to eat at a time. We also like this at breakfast with a little molasses."

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Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

baking dish of cinnamon rolls topped with pecans and caramel

Once you try these gooey, from-scratch cinnamon buns, you'll never want to use the pre-made dough again. If you prefer fluffier buns, let the dough rise longer, and be sure not to cut any corners when kneading — people will be able to taste the difference.

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Pull-Apart Hot Cross Buns

close up of Pull-Apart Hot Cross Buns
Diana Kritinar

These hot cross buns get a subtle richness from an atypical ingredient: cardamom. If you don't have a bread machine, you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and still end up with warm, comforting, pillowy buns.

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Absolute Mexican Cornbread

Absolute Mexican Cornbread
Trav Shamb

This simple cornbread recipe yields lots of moisture and flavor, so don't be surprised if you get requests to make it again. If you'd like to cut the fat content,you can reduce the butter to ½ cup and still end up with tender results.

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Winter Squash Rolls

winter squash rolls
R. Martin

Nobody will ever guess that winter squash is the secret to these rolls' light, yet incredibly moist texture. This recipe yields massive rolls, so if you're not feeding a crowd you may want to try halving it.

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Kelsandra's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Kelsandra's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Kelsandra's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Photo by CC.

This cinnamon roll recipe doesn't just add canned pumpkin to the dough; it also incorporates pumpkin pie spice into the gooey filling to truly get that pumpkin pie taste. If you prefer your cinnamon rolls with a lighter texture, cover your batch and let it rise for 30 minutes before adding the pan to the oven.

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Broccoli Cornbread with Cheese

Broccoli Cornbread with Cheese
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

This moist, cheesy bread is like a cross between cornbread and casserole, so go ahead and think of it as a double-comfort food. It's a simple, kid-friendly side that the adults won't turn down either.

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Mom's Good Cinnamon Rolls

Mom's Good Cinnamon Rolls
christopher austin

These cinnamon rolls have a super moist and chewy dough and come out huge and soft. To take them to the next level, drizzle cream cheese icing over them once they're out of the oven.

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Soft Dinner Rolls

overhead view looking down into homemade Soft Dinner Rolls recipe topped with sesame seeds and baked in a 9x13 dish
Sayeeda Rayhan

"Oh my my! These rolls are amazing...I make them almost every Sunday with dinner," says community member Bus8Mom. "My kids would eat them everyday. To change things up I sometimes add a packet of dry Italian dressing mix. And other time I make a mixture of butter honey and garlic powder and brush overtop after they are done baking."

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