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The Best Breads Of All Time, In Order (PHOTOS)

Find out where your favorite placed on our list.
10/04/2013 09:24am ET | Updated October 7, 2013

We're honestly not sure where we'd be without bread. Not only is it perfect on its own, dipped in olive oil, or topped with tomatoes, but it also essential for French toast, sandwiches and bread pudding.

But just because we love it doesn't mean that all breads are created equal -- while some we could eat by the loaf, others just don't live up our expectations. To highlight which breads are worth buying and which you should probably stay away from, we've ranked the top 20 breads in order -- according to our extremely subjective opinion. If (and when) you disagree with where we put your favorite bread, let us know your gripes in the comments.

(To clarify, the requirements for eligibility were leavened breads that come in loaf form. And this is the opinion of one writer, not HuffPost Taste as an entity.)

20
Ezekiel
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This sprouted grain bread is made without the sugar present in most other breads, which warrants critiques of an "absolutely horrid" texture and taste reminiscent of "butt-wiped cardboard."
19
White
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Processed, bleached and bland.
18
Pullman Loaf
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We still can't get over how remarkably rectangular this bread comes out.
17
Cinnamon Raisin
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Love the cinnamon, hate the raisins.
16
Olive Bread
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This one's pretty straight-forward: if you like olives, you'll like olive bread, and if you don't you won't.
15
Wheat
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Better than white bread, but still kind of a bore.
14
Potato Bread
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Part wheat flour, part potatoes. All softer and tastier than regular bread.
13
Multigrain
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This hearty loaf is packed full of seeds and grains -- great for your health, horrible for keeping your teeth seed-free.
12
Italian
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Classic, but not particularly exciting.
11
Brioche
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This bread is sweet, rich and perfect for things like bread pudding and French Toast. We suspect it's the large quantities of butter that go into making it.
10
French Baguette
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When we think of heaven, we think of eating fresh French baguettes and butter.
9
Focaccia
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This flat Italian bread is just as great for sandwich breads as it is plain, dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
8
Challah
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This Jewish bread is very similar to brioche, but made with oil instead of butter as well as more eggs.
7
Ciabatta
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This flat Italian bread is a staple for making panini, so obviously we're big fans.
6
Marble Rye
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This marble loaf is made by rolling light and dark ryes together.
5
Boule
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Again, the French get it right when it comes to bread -- this round rustic roll is one of the best to make at home.
4
Rye Bread
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Our sandwiches would be nowhere without this classic loaf.
3
Pumpernickel
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This bread got an almost unanimous vote from the HuffPost Taste and Food teams.
2
Garlic Bread
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Have you ever met someone who dislikes garlic bread? Yeah, us neither.
1
Sourdough
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Of the standard bread loaves, sourdough comes in strides ahead of the rest. It's also the best bread to make grilled cheese, and there's no way to hate grilled cheese.

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