Basic White Bread in the Bread Machine

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Update 4/16/20: The world has been shook with Covid19, with so many of us on Stay Home orders and kids being schooled from home. This is a great recipe to learn how to make, it’s easy and convenient and requires all-purpose flour. 

Basic White Bread for the Bread Machine

What’s better than having fresh homemade bread? The fact that you can easily “make” it yourself with a bread machine. This basic white bread recipe is SO simple, seriously your child could prepare it! Although it takes about 3 hours to be complete, your prep time is 5 minutes and that’s all! The recipe’s for a 1 1/2 – 2 lb bread machine. And no need for bread flour, this is made with all-purpose flour.

To Start Making Your Own Bread

First step is to find a bread machine, whether you buy one or find one on your local Buy Nothing FB group(sadly people don’t tend to use there’s and it sits on the shelf). If you can’t find one for free then I suggest buying one with multiple features and sizes like mine.

Second, find an easy recipe with limited effort on your part – like the basic white bread recipe below.

Thirdly, find your “routine” – how often will you make a new loaf, what time of day. We make a new loaf every 2-3 days, I’ll throw all the ingredients in the machine and hit the start button and 3 hours later I’ll have a fresh loaf and be prepared for the morning.

Lastly, find the way you’ll store your bread. I’ve found ours stay fresh the longest in a large cloth bag inside a bread box,cupboard or pantry. Or even a bread container is great!

How to make the bread

Pull out your bread machine, plug in and open the lid. Pour in ALL your ingredients by order listed. Close the lid, choose your settings. I typically do a 2 lb loaf, basic loaf, light or medium crust. And then click start.

After the bread is all done, carefully remove the pan from the machine and leave on the counter for 5 minutes. To get the bread out, carefully shake it and place in a storage container or bag.

Serve warm or cold, do as you wish. Just store it properly for freshness and so it doesn’t go stale quickly. It last about 3-4 days stored in a cloth bag in a dark area of your kitchen or pantry. If you don’t have a cloth bag or a bread container, a freezer size ziplock bag works just as good.

We’ve been solely making our own bread for the past couple weeks and it’s been so great. I’ve had this bread machine sitting on the shelf collecting dust for a couple years now. Then I vowed to start going Zero Waste and instead of finding a bakery I could buy a loaf without the packaging, I just decided to start making my own.

 

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Recipe for basic white bread in a bread machine!

Basic White Bread in the bread machine

A delicious easy basic white bread for a 1 1/2 to 2 lb bread machine!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Bread
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • Pour in ALL your ingredients by order into the bread machine.
  • Close the lid, choose your settings. I do a 2 lb loaf, basic loaf, light or medium crust. And then click start.
  • After the bread is all done, carefully remove the pan from the machine and leave on the counter for 5 minutes. To get the bread out, carefully shake it and place in a storage container or bag. 
  • Serve warm or cold, do as you wish. Just store it properly for freshness and so it doesn't go stale quickly. It last about 3-4 days stored in a cloth bag in a dark area of your kitchen or pantry.

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Recipe for English Muffin Bread in the bread machine. Very easy and taste great!

How to easily make your own homemade butter in the food processor in 5 minutes and only 3 ingredients!

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11 Comments
  • JP
    May 22, 2020

    Thanks for the recipe for the bread machine using all purpose flour.

  • Linda Kelly
    May 7, 2020

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! This is the best loaf of bread I’ve baked so far in my bread maker. Recipe directions Were spot on.

  • Manohar Jagasia
    April 27, 2020

    3 stars
    Thank you for putting bread recipe – I am a novice at this game!

    Are there any tricks to making a better bread?- Today was my first attempt & the bread came out OK, in about 3-1/2 hours- Would overnight (delay) might result in Better tasting/ better Aromatic bread? So, I am sure that I perhaps underrated your help/recipe. Sorry.

  • Lorraine
    April 24, 2020

    I alw put the yeast last, after the flour? I’m not sure my bread maker is equipped to do it that way? Are you sure?

  • Amy
    April 9, 2020

    So good and easy! Thanks for sharing! My first ever loaf of bread!

    • Anonymous
      April 22, 2020

      5 stars
      I have made this recipe a few times before and forget to comment on what a great, easy recipe this is!!!! I’m making it again right now. Thanks!

  • Jane Kearn
    March 17, 2020

    Putting the yeast in right after the salt does not hurt the yeast?

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      March 17, 2020

      Nope, I’ve probably made this bread recipe over 60 times and this is the exact order I follow. Not letting the lease rise or anything.

  • FSethman
    December 26, 2019

    5 stars
    Trying this today and hoping for the best!! Super easy and fool proof. Haven’t made bread machine bread for years now (handmaking bread instead). Thx for the recipe.

  • Laurie Nykaza
    August 22, 2019

    5 stars
    I love my bread machine too. I make my son GF bread in it since he has Celiacs disease and it always comes out great too we love it.

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 6, 2019

      I need to learn how to make a good GF bread because my husbands been diagnosed with celiacs disease as well. Do you happen to know a good one? I’d love to try it.

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