Bread might be one of the more perfect foods, managing to feel essential and indulgent all at once. It survives trends and never loses its footing as a staple in your kitchen. Fresh baked, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, bread can only get better when paired with a compound butter. This holiday, make bread center stage in your meal offerings by baking fresh loaves and serving them with seasonally flavored compound butters before the meal, when the textures and flavors won't get lost on the side. Not hosting at your place? Fresh baked bread and compound butter makes the perfect hostess gift.