Bread machine recipes are so simple and easy because all the hard labor is taken care of. I personally prefer to bake my bread in the oven since I find that the end product is much better. The crust is a crisp golden brown and the inside is soft and fluffy. I also like the traditional bread shape as opposed to the square shape that you get from the bread maker.

White Bread Recipe for Bread Machine

White Bread Recipe for Bread Machine


  • 1 1/8 cups Water (warm)
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Margarine
  • 2 ½ teaspoons White sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 ¼ cups Bread flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Yeast (instant or bread machine)


  1. 1. Place all ingredients listed in order starting from the top in bread machine pan .
  2. 2. Make sure that the yeast is placed last and not touching any liquid
  3. 3. Place in bread maker on dough setting.
  4. 4. When cycle is done place dough on floured surface and knead for approximately 5 minutes.
  5. 5. You may need to add flour while kneading if dough is sticking to your hands. The dough should be tacky but not sticky.
  6. 6. Form into loaf and place in a greased bread pan. Make sure there is no air pockets or bread will be full of holes.
  7. 6. Form into loaf and place in a greased bread pan. Make sure there is no air pockets or bread will be full of holes.
  8. 7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. 8. Let bread rest for approximately 30 minutes until it has doubled in size.
  10. 9. After bread has doubled in size gently rub top of bread with a little oil. Be careful not to deflate the bread.
  11. 10. Place in oven and bake between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Top of bread should be golden brown
  12. 11. When ready place on wire rack to cool to avoid soggy bread. Place tea towel over bread to maximize the bread's moistness.

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Bread Machine Recipes Caution for Beginners!

When you are starting out using your bread machine for the first time, you want to make sure that you follow the recipe and don’t substitute any ingredients. The best piece of advice I can give you is to learn the consistency of the bread using the store bought mix and then venture out into alternative recipes. Another important thing to keep in mind is that not all flour is the same. One could easily think that swapping out white flour with whole wheat using a 1 to 1 ratio would yield the same results but that is not the case. Remember, follow the recipe and you won’t be disappointed with the results! Happy Baking!

Your Questions Answered…

Can you use regular flour in a bread machine? 

Yes you can use regular flour (all-purpose) in a bread machine. For the best results choose a regular flour that is high in protein.


What can you make in a bread machine? 

Some of the surprising things you can make in your bread machine are meatloaf, cake, jam, rice, sauces and soups just to name a few.


Is bread machine yeast the same as active dry yeast? 

Simply put, no. Bread machine yeast has finer granules that hydrate faster when combined. They do not need to be hydrated before with a hand in lukewarm water like active dry yeast. This type of yeast also only needs one rise unlike the active dry yeast which needs 2 rises.


Why is my bread so dense in my bread machine? 

This could be for a variety of reasons such as inadequate kneading, dead yeast due to water being too hot, not enough gluten or insufficient rising time. You could try to experiment with longer rising or kneading time on the machine and see if that makes a fluffier bread.


What is the best flour for bread machines? 

Bread flour will give you the best results in a bread machine.


Are bread makers worth it? 

Bread makers are convenient for people with busy schedules as it can mix and bake your bread on a timer. You can set your bread to be ready by the time you come home.


Which bread maker makes the best bread? 

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The Zojirushi bread maker is said to make the best bread.


Can I use regular yeast in bread machine? 

You can use regular yeast in a bread machine but make sure to dissolve it in lukewarm water beforehand.


What can I substitute for bread machine yeast? 

You can substitute rapid-rise yeast (aka bread machine yeast) with instant yeast.


What is the best yeast for a bread machine? 

Instant yeast is the best to use in a bread machine. It produces a more flavorful bread than using bread machine yeast.


What happens if you add too much yeast to bread? 

Adding too much yeast to bread will cause the bread to have a strong yeast taste. It can also cause the dough to go flat by releasing gas too early.


How do you make bread fluffier? 

To create a fluffier bread you need to make sure not to add too much flour. Also choose a recipe that contains some sort of fat and let the dough rise for the appropriate amount of time.


Why is my bread not soft and fluffy? 

If your bread is not soft and fluffy, it may be caused by too much flour added to the dough, not enough kneading, dead yeast or your recipe might not contain enough fat. It is also important that you allow adequate time for the dough to proof.

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