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Bread Machine Bread – Easiest Bread Ever

This Bread Machine Bread Recipe is a simple yet delicious homemade loaf that you can easily make in a bread maker. 5 minutes of your time and the bread machine does the rest. Also, you’ll learn all the dos and don’ts of bread making in the bread machine.

If you, like me, enjoy a good bread recipe, you’ll also like this Hoagie Roll Recipe, this Basic Sweet Yeast Dough, and my yummy Rustic Farmer’s Bread recipe!

Bread recipe made into a white loaf on a tea towel.

Bread Machine Bread Recipe

A bread machine is a super useful kitchen appliance for those of us that enjoy a fresh, crusty loaf of bread, but don’t have the time to make it the traditional way by kneading and forming by hand.

With a bread maker, you just throw all the ingredients into the bread pan and pull out a perfect baked white loaf a couple of hours later. It doesn’t get better than this.

Growing up, this was one of our family’s most loved pieces of equipment in the kitchen, so naturally, the bread machine was the first thing I added to my wedding registry. If you have a bread-loving family, you’ll appreciate everything this machine has to offer, along with this recipe.

My bread machine bread recipe makes a beautiful 2-pound loaf of white bread. If you want a smaller loaf, simply cut the ingredients in half and choose the appropriate setting on your bread machine. Or, bake a 2 lb loaf, then freeze half of it until you need it, later.

A loaf of bread made from a bread maker recipe sliced into.

Tips for Learning How to Make Bread in a Bread Machine

Here’s how to make bread with minimal effort and maximum results. Use these tips to ensure a perfect recipe every time:

  • Use high-quality flour. One of the best tips I can give you as you learn how to make bread is to use the best flour possible. I prefer Canadian flour or any other kind of high gluten flour like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill bread flour for their high gluten content, which translates to better bread.
  • Make sure your yeast is still active. If you have an older packet of yeast, you may want to make sure that the yeast is still active.

    There is a simple way to check – add the yeast that the recipe calls for and 1/2 cup of water from the overall amount along with a pinch of sugar. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. If the mixture has not formed a foam cap your yeast is old and you need to buy a fresh one.
  • Tip on utilizing older yeast: another thing to keep in mind is that if your yeast is on its last leg, there’s still a way to use it. When the yeast is close to its expiration date, it becomes less active or potent. To work around this you can increase the amount you use in a recipe by up to 25%, if you need to increase it by more than that, then the bread might have too strong of a yeasty odor.
  • Sift the flour: putting the flour through a sieve aerates the flour and creates a fluffier, softer loaf.
  • Use the french bread or white bread setting for this recipe.

How to Enjoy this Bread Recipe

You can enjoy homemade bread with pretty much anything. I’m betting the first time you make it, you’ll just want to rip it and eat it as soon as it comes out of the pan. We always have freshly baked bread in the house and consider ourselves expert bread eaters, so we’re talking from experience here, ha! 

But, if you’d rather have a list, soups (like this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup, or my family’s favorite Ukrainian Beet Soup or this classic tomato soup are all good choices), sandwiches (egg sandwich, or a tuna sandwich, anyone?) or canapés are all the best ways to go here.

Here’s a list of some good savory topping –

A fresh slice of bread with some jam will do the trick too! 🙂

I recommend this Raspberry Refrigerator Jam – it’s easy to make and tastes amazing. Combine it with a slather of butter and jam or honey and you’ve got a poor man’s cake 😀 I know, genius idea!

However you make it, I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know about it in the comment section below!

Bread Machine Bread at a glance:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the bread machine bread pan in the following order: water, yeast, flour, sugar, salt, oil.
  2. Add the filled bread pan to the bread machine and twist the container into place. Close the lid of the bread machine.
  3. Choose the appropriate setting on your bread machine for a 2 lb white bread loaf, also making sure to baking preference (light, medium, dark).
Step by step pictures of the bread machine bread.
  • The dough will be kneaded slowly at first to bring all the ingredients together without the flour going everywhere.
  • Then, the dough will switch to a faster kneading speed and continue this way until the proofing cycle.
  • Once the dough goes through proofing, punch down, then another proof it will go through a baking cycle.
  • When the bread machine beeps, it is safe to open the lid and remove the basket with the bread using kitchen mittens.
  • Shake the bread out of the bread pan and allow it to cool completely.
  • Lastly, remove the kneading paddle from the bottom of the loaf and enjoy!
Step by step pictures of the bread in the bread maker.

FAQ

What is the best way to cut bread?

Cutting fresh bread can be quiet a feat, but here are my tricks to getting perfect slices without ruining your beautiful freshly baked loaf.

  • Make sure the bread is completely cooled before cutting, otherwise the steam from the hot loaf can make cutting it a lot harder, by dragging the knife as it slices.
  • Use a good long and sturdy serrated knife. Bonus points if it’s specifically formulated for bread cutting, like this bread knife (I purchased it after a chef’s recommendation and now it’s the only knife I use for cutting bread).

How to store Bread Machine Bread?

Store bread in a bread keeper at room temperature or in the refrigerator, covered, for up 2-3 days.

Otherwise, allow to cool completely, then place in a ziplock and freeze for up to 1 month.

To thaw, remove from the freezer and leave at room temperature or microwave until thawed.

My bread is dense, what to do?

If your bread comes out dense there are several ways to fix it.

  1. 1 – Use less flour: next time you make it, use 1/4 cup less flour than you did this time.
  2. Use more water: if the dough is very dense while being mixed, add a tablespoon of water at a time while the dough is being mixed until the dough ball is very soft.
  3. Use more water: if the dough is very dense while being mixed, add a tablespoon of water at a time while the dough is being mixed until the dough ball is very soft.

My bread machine bread rose, but then collapsed in the middle –

  • Recheck the amount of ingredients you have used and make sure you add the correct amount.
  • Adjust the flour or water if needed by checking on the dough while it is being kneaded.
  • If the dough is not too soft and proper consistency, add a little bit less yeast next time.
  • Make sure you have not opened the lid after the kneading cycle or the cold air can cause the bread to collapse in the middle.
  • Do not remove the bread before the full cycle is complete.

My bread rose too high and overflowed or is touching the lid –

This could be caused by using too much yeast. Use less yeast next time.

Also, verify that you’re using an appropriate size loaf for your bread machine. If you make a 2 lb loaf in a bread machine that only fits 1 lb, the dough will overflow.

More Bread Recipes to Try:

Bread Machine Bread Recipe

A loaf of fresh bread machine bread on a rack, cooling.
4.72 from 7 votes

This Bread Machine Bread Recipe makes the best white bread loaf that is perfectly fluffy, with a nice crust, and all with only 5 minutes of hands-on work.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread recipe
Calories: 123 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 16 slices (2 oz each)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Makes one 2 lb white bread loaf.

    Add ingredients to the bread pan in the following order water, yeast, flour, salt, sugar, and oil (in this particular order).

  2. Choose the appropriate setting for "White Bread" on your bread machine.

    Next chose the preferred darkness of the loaf (light, medium, dark). I recommend choosing a "dark" setting to help the bread to bake through fully.

    Lastly chose a 2 lb loaf for the size of the loaf.

  3. Adjust as necessary:

    As the dough starts kneading keep an eye on the process for the first 5-10 minutes making sure that the dough has formed into a soft, round ball. If for some reason the dough looks very loose after all flour has been incorporated add a little bit more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time until it forms into a ball.

    Note the amount of flour used to form the ball this time and add this adjusted amount the next time you make this bread machine bread recipe.

    Once the kneading cycle has ended do not open the lid, otherwise, this will allow the heat to escape.

    See notes for best practice when baking Bread Machine bread.

  4. Remove and cool: Once the cycle is complete and the alarm goes off, use mittens to remove the bread pan out of the bread machine. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then shake the bread out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts
Bread Machine Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Dee Dee Krebs

    This is the second time to use this receipe. Once again, after waiting patiently for my bread to be done, to my disappointment, the bread rose and fell. The dough fell out of the container. What went wrong?

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    • Hi Dee Dee,

      It sounds like the bread is removed before it has a chance to completely cook through. Here’s what I would do:
      1. check and make sure you’re using a 2 lb bread setting. If you’re using a 1 lb bread setting and baking a 2 lb loaf it might not have enough time to complete baking.
      2. make sure that your bread maker bread container is capable of fitting a 2 lb loaf and is not instead a 1 lb loaf capacity.
      3. Check and make sure you’re using 2 teaspoons of yeast as opposed to 2 tablespoons of yeast which will expand the dough unnecessarily large, and it will deflate after being removed since there’s not enough gluten structure to support that much expansion.
      4. while the bread is being kneaded (in the first 10 minutes) make sure that the dough forms a soft, round ball. If it does not and instead looks very loose, add a little bit more flour at a time until it has formed into a dough ball.

      Hope these tips will help you to bake a nice loaf of bread next time!

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  • Isabel de Klerk

    Awesome recipes.
    Live them.

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  • Marlene

    I’m a little confused. I always thought you were not supposed to mix the yeast near the salt, as salt kills the yeast. Are we to put the ingredients in this order, or in the order recommended by the bread maker manufacturer?

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    • You can do either/or, but you will not see much of a difference since the yeast is dry and it doesn’t get activated until it gets wet by the water.

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  • Alla

    I don’t have a bread machine but have KitchenAid mixer and I followed your recipe portions. Bread came out fantastic! Thanks so much! I let yeast rest for a few minutes in the warm water (Actually added a splash of milk too) and then slowly added it to the half of the flour and then mixed in the rest. Kneaded for a few minutes, rested for an hour (until doubled in size), punched a bit and formed the loaf, let it rest for another hour in the loaf dish. Baked 15 minutes at 400F and then 30 minutes at 350F. Cooled down completely! Very very good sandwich bread!

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  • northernpointoflife

    Just made it. I used 2 tbs. Of coconut oil and 2 tbs. Of fresh ground flax seed instead of oil. Turned out perfect.

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  • Rose

    Wow! Thank you! I’ve followed this recipe 3 times with excellent results! I don’t know how many recipes I’ve been through just to get a decent loaf of bread. This one is so flavorful, moist, and perfect for our sandwiches or bread as a side for our dinner. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    · Reply
    • That’s great Rose! Our family has been using this recipe for the last 14 years and we love it just as much! Thanks for your feedback!

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  • ERica

    Do you use bread flour or all-purpose flour?

    · Reply
    • I only use all purpose flour 🙂

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  • Lena

    Hi,
    Is this recipe for 1.5 or 2 pound loaf? Also what setting should I choose on my machine – French bread or basic?
    Thanks! Yours looks so fluffy mine is always dense, I do sift the flour but nothing helps no matter what. I want to try your recipe…

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    • Hi Lena,

      If your bread always comes out dense it is most likely not the recipe, but your flour or yeast. To find out if your yeast is still active, add the yeast that the recipe calls for and 1/2 cup of water from the overall amount and the sugar. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. If it has not doubled or tripled in size, your yeast is old and you need to buy fresh ones. There have been instances where I bought old yeast, so make sure to check your freshly-bought yeast as well. Another thing that could cause a dense loaf is not very good quality flour. I’ve had trouble with this one as well. There was a year when all the Canadian flour (which is deemed the best) was producing very heavy and dense breads. Since the same recipe was producing good loaves before, I knew that it was caused by the flour and not the recipe.

      The given recipe is for a 2 lb loaf. I use the french bread setting.
      Hope this helps 🙂

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