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.
This Basic White Bread for your bread machine is both delicious and extremely easy to make! It’s a favorite for all and you’ll make a perfect loaf on every try!
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TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR OWN BREAD
First, find a bread machine; whether you buy one brand new or find a second hand one. Either way I suggest getting one with multiple features and sizes like mine. This one is very affordable and has 12 settings including a gluten free setting.
Second, find an easy recipe with limited effort on your part – like the basic white bread recipe below.
Third, 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! And make cutting your bread easy with this slicer.
BASIC WHITE BREAD INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
- Milk – I’ve used 2% and whole milk, and oatmilk(1:1 ratio)
- Butter – Unsalted or salted works fine, I’ve also used Earth Balance Vegan Butter(1:1 ratio)
- Sugar – We’ve made this with granulated sugar and also cane sugar
- Instant Dry Yeast – For any bread machine recipe, you’ll want to use Instant Yeast! Yeast is in stock right now
- All Purpose Flour – This is the number one thing I love most about this recipe, it calls for all purpose flour! We use King Arthur’s Flour!
Can I use other flours? Although I have yet to try using other flours, I’ve had a few people mention using bread flour instead of AP flour. And also someone mentioned using half AP and Whole Wheat.
Can I make these dairy free? Yes, I’ve recently had to go dairy free and made this bread to accommodate. It’s very easy to make this bread vegan and dairy free, follow the directions exactly and just substitute the cows milk or any milk(I use oat milk) and the cows butter for a vegan butter(I use Earth Balance). Taste just as good!
HOW TO MAKE BASIC WHITE BREAD, IN THE BREAD MACHINE
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 10 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(like it won’t get gobbled up within a few hours ha).
It will 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 and will last a few days longer.
LOOKING FOR MORE BREAD RECIPES?
We are huge fans of bread in our house and have some form of homemade bread in the kitchen every week. From sweet breads to basic loafs.
- Sourdough Focaccia Bread
- Sourdough Banana Bread
- Banana Zucchini Bread
- Tuscan Herb French Bread in the Bread Machine
- English Muffin Bread in the Bread Machine
- Best Zucchini Bread
It’s very easy to make your own homemade bread, and once you do you’ll never want to go back to store bought bread. It’s not loaded with sugar or preservatives, and no packaging which is another important thing.
Hope you enjoy this basic white bread recipe as much as we do!
Basic White Bread Machine Recipe
- Bread Machine
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 3 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 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 10 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.
Thank you so much for this recipe. Mine turned out really good. The entire family loves this one. I use King Arthur baking sugar alternative and just a tad bit more yeast and the bread tastes amazing!
I was surprised at how this turned out. The bread is delicious and soft! Will keep this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Nobody cares about your life story, just cut straight to the damn recipe! Please!
C. Thoms says
@Hungry, if your so damned hungry, why don’t you skip her life story and go to the damned store, I mean seriously how shameful of you, a person takes the time to create a recipe, set up a web page and you complain. Not your place young man. Some of us old timers appreciate a good story, that’s how we are remembered right? But hey, you not so much. Yup forgot your name already.
That’s what the button “Jump to Recipe” is for, if you were unaware!
Rick McDickerson says
@Hungry, get bent.
speak for yourself!!! Some of us like knowing others’ backgrounds. Sounds like you need a Snickers more than bread
Tanya Lagacé says
I’ve made this bread a few times now and it always works perfectly. Thank you for a good solid recipe with normal ingredients that people are likely to have in the cupboard.
You’re welcome! Yes, I love when you have all the ingredients stocked at home and no needing to run to the store for that “one thing”. Or having multiple flours stocked at home, we definitely don’t have the storage space for that.
Was in a hurry so I chose the quickest and easiest
recipe I could find expecting very little.
Much to my surprise and delight, it was the best loaf ever. So thank you very much.
Will be visiting your site often.
Thanks, it really is a delicious and easy loaf!
Thank you so much for this easy and tasty recipe – I don’t envision ever buying bread again! There is nothing like fresh warm bread with butter! Yum!! Great recipe – quick and easy!
This came out perfect… I was surprised. Usually it doesn’t… This was perfect.
WOW! The best recipe ever. Simple and easy to follow with great result. Thank you for sharing.
Renee S Kennedy says
Wow! Love this recipe. I just bought an “As Is” breadmaker that didn’t come with recipes so I’ve been searching the internet for a good
basic recipe. This one is perfect. The bread came put as well as any I’ve
bought at the store. Great texture,
and taste is better than I expected.
I followed the directions to a T.
I used to make bread every week when my kids were little and now with carpal tunnel syndrome can’t so
I am glad I found this recipe. Will be
trying your other ones too. Thank you for offering this.
Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I’m going to make it today. I just received my bread machine Thursday. I made one loaf from a mix. I guess you could say I’m too lazy to go to the grocery store and buy bread machine flour, so I’m using what I have on hand! 😁
Lynne Alarie says
This was delicious! I had an old bread machine given to us a few years ago and tried making bread in it, but was not pleased with the results, so put the machine away and forgot about it. I decided to try again this week and followed your recipe exactly. It was so easy and turned out great! The bread was nice and soft on the inside and nice and crusty on the outside, and we love it both freshly cut with butter on it and it’s also great toasted! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I will definitely be making this often!
Aileen Marquez says
We love this recipe. I follow the directions exactly (selecting “medium” crust on my Cuisinart bread machine), and the bread comes out so delicious — soft on the inside and crusty on the outside. I can’t wait to try more recipes. Thank you!
Shirley Ammons Mccormick says
I have made your bread three times now and it is sooo good. I do one thing different and have been doing this for a long time. I use the dough cycle and take out punch down and let rise again. I just like doing it that way. The recipe is very good.
I was a bit skeptical about this recipe but I went for it anyway per comments it received!!! And it did not disappoint!! Bread came out soft and delish!! This one is a keeper!!
Sorry forgot to rate it 5 stars!!!!
Myra Johnston says
I’m new to bread making. This is the best recipe I’ve found. I love it. I wonder if I could add cinnamon and raisins to this recipe and it work just as well?
Very good & simple!
Ann Faulhaber says
Winner! This is the 3rd recipe I’ve tried in my new machine, and it’s by far the best. I reduced the sugar to 2 Tbsp and it’s perfect for my taste. Thanks!
The best bread I ever made in the machine. Family devoured it.
First loaf I’ve made in a bread machine and it came out great, Thank you for sharing!
Absolutely the best bread machine recipe ever! I have tried so many and this one turned out perfect the first time.
Thank you so much
Cooking Dad says
This is very simple and full proof recipe. The bread is looking light, fluffy and delicious. Thanks for sharing. I will give a try.
When you pour the ingredients into the bread machine, do you mix them together or leave them be?
No need to mix them together, just add ingredients in order and close the lid.
The basic bread is just so yummy made it last night and this morning it has a nice aroma and it’s so soft 😍the only thing I cut down was the sugar I used 2 tblspns instead… Love this
Eve Bawn says
Made this today in my bread machine and it was everything you promised , well risen , beautifully soft but if im honest , a little too sweet for our taste, 3 tbsp really does seem a lot , i shall definitely be making again but will half the sugar . Thanks for sharing this beautiful bread recipe with us . Eve x
Can I use the rapid yeast instead.
I made basic white bread and it was wonderful. The top fell a bit but my husband gobbled it up within 2 days as toast with jam
Thanks for the recipe for the bread machine using all purpose flour.
Linda Kelly says
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 says
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.
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?
So good and easy! Thanks for sharing! My first ever loaf of bread!
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 says
Putting the yeast in right after the salt does not hurt the yeast?
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.
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 says
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.
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.
Can I use Almond milk instead of regular whole milk?