It takes a long time for bread dough to rise, but the actual amount of time spent by the cook is relatively short. And there is a world of bread to choose from.
Classic bread: Includes white bread, sourdough, french bread, rye bread.
Buns: Includes bagels, hamburger buns, cinnamon buns, dinner rolls.
Savoury bread: Usually categorized as anything that is not sweet; often flavoured with fragrant herbs, exotic oils or cheeses.
Quick bread: Uses baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast; includes scones, biscuits and all types of fruit- or vegetable-based loaves.
High-fibre bread: Includes whole-grain and whole-wheat breads.
Flat bread: Favourites in the Middle East and Mediterranean; includes pizza dough, crackers, naan, pita, focaccia, chapatti and puri breads.
Dessert bread: High sugar content, often flavoured with fruit.