Bread Machine White Bread Recipe

Bread Machine White Bread

By Erin Huffstetler | 02/01/2022 | No Comments

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This bread machine white bread is the ultimate sandwich bread. It’s crusty on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. It’s been my go-to bread recipe for over 15 years. If you’ve tried other bread machine recipes, and been frustrated by how dense they turned out, you need to try this one. You can even use the dough to make buns or rolls.

Bread Machine White Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (or dry active yeast)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or cooking oil of choice)

Tip: Spoon the flour into your measuring cup, instead of using the cup like a scoop. Scooping will add extra flour, which will affect the rise, and make your bread dense.

What You Do:

Proof the yeast by stirring the yeast and sugar into the warm water (100-110˚F). Wait 10 minutes. If the yeast is active, the mixture should look foamy. If it doesn’t, you need to start over with fresh yeast.

Note: It’s a bit unconventional to proof the yeast for a bread machine recipe. Most manufacturer’s call for adding the yeast to the pan last; however, in side-by-side comparisons, I’ve found that this method produces a larger, fluffier loaf. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to use the delayed start feature on your bread machine, since your yeast will already be activated when it goes in.

Load the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer, or following the order in the ingredient list. How ever you load the ingredients, just be sure to keep the oil away from the yeast; it’ll interfere with the rise.

I own a Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker, which recommends loading the wet ingredients first, and the dry ingredients second.

So, I load the proofed yeast …

Then, I add the flour and the salt …

Ingredients for Bread Machine White Bread

and I add the oil last.

To set your bread machine, select the “basic” setting. My Zojirushi has two “basic” settings: quick and regular. If yours is set up like this, select the “quick” setting, if you used instant yeast, and the “regular” setting, if you used dry active yeast.

Your bread machine may call this setting something different. Here’s a chart you can use to look up the proper setting on your machine.

If your bread machine has a crust setting, select “medium” crust.

Baked Loaf of Bread Machine White Bread

When your bread is done, remove the pan from the machine with potholders. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then, shake the bread out of the pan, and allow it to continue cooling.

Sliced Loaf of Bread Machine White Bread

Slice, and enjoy!

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To make rolls or buns, add the ingredients to your bread machine. Then, select the “dough” setting. If your machine has more than one dough setting (like mine does), choose the “quick” setting, if you used instant yeast, and the “regular” setting, if you used dry active yeast. Then, press “start.”

Remove the dough after the cycle completes. Divide it into 6 pieces for buns, or 12 pieces for rolls. Shape the dough into rounds, and transfer them to a sheet pan. Cover, and let rise, until doubled in size.

Bake your rolls or buns in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

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Bread Machine White Bread

Bread Machine White Bread

This bread machine white bread produces the softest, fluffiest loaf of sandwich bread, and doesn’t require any specialty flours.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Bread Machine
  • Cuisine: Global

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (or dry active yeast)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or cooking oil of choice)

Instructions:

Proof yeast by adding yeast and sugar to warm water (100-110˚F). Wait 10 minutes. If the yeast is good, the mixture should look foamy. If it doesn’t, start over with fresh yeast.

Add ingredients to bread machine, in order recommended by the manufacturer, or in the order listed in the ingredient list. Make sure the oil and yeast don’t come into contact with each other. (The oil will keep the dough from rising properly).

To set your bread machine, select the “basic” setting. If your machine has two basic settings, select the “quick” setting, if you used instant yeast, and the “regular” setting, if you used dry active yeast.

Select “medium” crust,  if your bread machine has a crust setting.

Then, press “start.”

Once the bread has baked, carefully remove the bread pan from the bread machine with pot holders. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Then, turn the bread out onto a plate, or cooling rack, and allow it to continue cooling.

Slice your bread, and enjoy!

To Make Rolls or Buns:

Select the dough setting on your bread machine. If your machine has two dough settings, use the “quick” dough setting, if you used instant yeast, and the “regular” dough, if you used dry active yeast. Press, “start.”

When the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough ball from the machine, and divide and shape the dough into 6 balls for buns, or 12 balls for rolls.

Transfer balls to a sheet pan. Cover with a towel, and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.

Then, bake in a 350 F oven for approximately 15 minutes. Rolls or buns are done, when the tops are golden brown.

Notes

  • Measure your flour into the measuring cup, instead of scooping it in. Using the cup as a scoop will add more flour to the recipe than intended, and result in a shorter, denser loaf.
  • Since this recipe uses proofed yeast, this recipe won’t work with the delayed start setting on your bread machine.
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