Bread Recipe for Bread Makers
Bread Maker Recipe
When I did my wedding registry way back when, one of the first things I added to my list was a bread maker so I could make my mom’s famous recipe.
I’ve made this bread maker recipe dozens of times over the years and it’s perfect every time. If you’ve never used a bread maker, this is a great basic recipe to start with. In fact, it’s my favorite one!
Making this is almost like magic—all you have to do is toss your ingredients for the bread maker recipe into the machine. Then come back a few hours later for a perfect baked white loaf! Easy peasy.
This recipe makes a 2 pound loaf. If you want to do a smaller bread maker recipe for a 1 lb loaf, simply cut the ingredients in half and choose the appropriate setting on your breadmaker.
Tips for Learning How to Make Bread
If you’ve ever wondered how to make bread, this post will show you step by step exactly what you need to do to make an incredible loaf. 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 personally like Canadian flour or any kind of high gluten flour like bread flour (King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill have pretty good reviews).
- 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 do this – add the yeast that the recipe calls for and 1/2 cup of water from the overall amount along with the sugar. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. If the mixture has not doubled or tripled in size by then, your yeast is old and you need to buy a fresh one.
- Sift the flour. To get that ultra fluffy bread, you’ll need to aerate the flour. The easiest way to do this is to run the flour through a sifter.
- Keep your yeast away from water until you’re ready to make this recipe. Dry yeast is activated by water. If your packet somehow gets wet before you’re ready to bake, toss it and get a new one.
- Use the french bread setting on your machine
How to Enjoy this Bread Recipe
You can enjoy homemade bread with pretty much anything. We always have freshly baked bread in the house and consider ourselves expert bread eaters!
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.
However you make it, I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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Bread Recipe for Bread Maker
This Bread Recipe for Bread Maker is a simple yet delicious Homemade Bread Loaf. A quick bread recipe with just 5 minutes of preparation, with the outcome of a beautiful white bread loaf.
Put the ingredients into the bowl of the bread maker, in the order, they are listed. Turn it to either 2 hours 20-minute cycle or the 3-hour bread cycle for a 2 lb loaf.
As the dough starts kneading keep an eye on the process 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 lose after all flour has been incorporated add a little bit more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, until until it forms into a ball. Note the amount of flour used to form the ball and next time add that amount from the begining, which will prevent the need to open the lid.
See notes for best practice when baking Bread Machine bread.
When ready, remove and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before eating.
- If using active dry yeast (instead of instant yeast) switch salt and yeast places of addition order. Salt will inhibit yeast's activity, so you do not want them in direct contact.
- It is best not to open the lid while the bread maker is running. Opening the lid will cause the heat to escape and thus make it less than optimal temperature for rising. But, if need be opening the lid during mixing is OK.
- Absolutely do not open the lid once the baking cycle has started. This can cause the dough to collapse (from the sudden heat temperature change) and the bread will be heavy and dense.