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The Best Bread Machine White Bread Recipe

This really is The Best Bread Machine White Bread Recipe! Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading, then shape the dough into loaves and bake them in your oven. This basic white bread loaf recipe is perfect for sandwiches.

Bread machines are such a handy kitchen tool that do all the kneading and rising of bread making for you! I like to let my bread machine make the dough, then I shape and bake the dough myself. I absolutely love my bread maker and use it to make all of my own bread, including this go-to recipe for homemade white bread.

a loaf of freshly baked white bread on a cooling rack. beside it is a bread knife and a napkin

Two Delicious Loaves, One Great Recipe!

This is my go-to recipe for white bread. Made with simple ingredients, this easy recipe makes 2, 1-lb loaves of soft bread that are perfect as an everyday staple bread. And I love getting 2 loaves out of one recipe, so we can enjoy one right away, and I can freeze one for later.

a loaf of freshly baked white bread on a cooling rack. beside it is a bread knife and a napkin

Let your bread machine do the hard work!

What I love most about bread machines is they do all the hard work of bread making for you. Just add the ingredients, select the ‘Dough’ setting, press start, and 1 hour and 30 minutes later, you have a perfectly risen dough that is ready for shaping and baking. Homemade bread is the best.

two loaves of freshly baked white bread on a cooling rack. beside them is a napkin

Not too big, not too small.

I think these loaves of bread are a perfect size. They’re not huge, but they’re not too small either. A perfect sandwich bread, the best for toast and great for snacking!

Shaping the dough into loaves.

Once the dough is done, I remove it from the bread machine, let it rise on the counter for 30 minutes, then I shape it into loaves. To do this, I split the dough in half, lightly knead each dough ball one more time to get rid of any air bubbles. Then I roll each ball into a rectangular tube shape that will fit into my baking pan. You want the tops of the loaves to be taut, so while keeping the dough in a tube shape, you need to tuck in the ends into the bottom of the loaf.  Cover, and let rise for 30 more minutes. Then bake!

Soft, flavourful and so delicious!

This bread is absolutely delicious. Each fluffy loaf has a wonderful homemade flavour that you just don’t get with grocery store bread. It’s soft and flavourful. I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we do!

Bread Machine Bread Recipe Tips

Here are some tips to help you make perfect bread with your bread machine:

  • MILK AND BUTTER: Make sure the milk and butter are at room temperature (you can use warm milk, but not hot). Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so the dough won’t rise properly. Use 2% or whole milk, and regular salted butter.
  • FLOUR: You can use all purpose flour or bread flour.
  • YEAST: Use fresh Instant Yeast: also called Bread Machine Yeast and Rapid Rise Yeast.
  • PREPARE THE PANS:  I line my pans with parchment paper, but you can also grease them with butter.
  • LOAF PAN SIZE: I use a standard loaf/bread pan (1 lb. Pan: 8″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ high). These loaf pans from Williams Sonoma are the ones I use (this is an affiliate link).
  • TIMING: If you want fresh bread in time for dinner (say 5:30), start this process around 2:30 in the afternoon.
  • WHEN IS THE BREAD DONE BAKING? The bread loaves will sound hollow when you tap the tops, and the tops will be golden brown.
  • STORAGE: Once cooled, keep this bread in an airtight container or plastic bag.
  • FREEZING: This bread freezes very well. Make sure to let the bread cool completely before freezing. I like to freeze my bread loaves in plastic bread bags.
  • TIP! Don’t try to slice into your bread too soon after baking or you’ll squish it…ask me how I know!  😉
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The Best Bread Machine White Bread Recipe

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This really is The Best Bread Machine White Bread Recipe! Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading, then shape the dough into loaves and bake them in your oven. A perfect white sandwich bread recipe.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Bread Machine Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bread Machine

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast (instant yeast)

Instructions

  1. Measure all of the above ingredients, in the order that they are listed, into your bread machine.
  2. Choose the ‘Dough Cycle’.
  3. Once the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and cover with a clean tea towel. Let the bread rise for 15 minutes.
  4. Prepare the baking pans:  I line my pans with parchment paper, but you can also grease them with butter.
  5. Now it’s time to shape the dough into loaves.  To do this, split the dough in half, lightly knead each dough ball one more time to get rid of any air bubbles.  Then roll each ball into a rectangular tube shape that will fit into the baking pan. You want the tops of the loaves to be taut, so while keeping the dough in a tube shape, you need to tuck in the ends into the bottom of the loaf.
  6. Add the dough to the prepared loaf pans, cover with the tea towel, and let rise for 30 more minutes.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. When the loaves are done rising, bake for 35 minutes. When the bread is done baking, it will sound hollow when you tap the top, and the tops will be golden brown.
  9. Let the loaves rest in the pan for about 15 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack.

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16 Comments

    1. Hi John! Yes, you can use powdered milk for this recipe, so use 1/3 cup milk powder and 1 1/2 cups water. And make sure to use instant yeast, not active dry yeast.

  1. Love this! Have made it a few times now and it’s by far my favorite!
    How would I change it to be about 60% whole wheat?

  2. Good morning! I do not typically have dairy in the house. Do you know if coconut or almond milk will work in your recipe? I am not having a lot of luck with bread dough from my bread maker and I wonder if it is the “milk”. Please let me know!

    1. Hi Susan! I’ve never tried non-dairy milks in my bread machine, so I’m not really sure. I wonder if maybe the non-dairy milks don’t have enough fat or protein in them? Honestly, I would have thought they would work fine though.

  3. I love this recipe and have been making it weekly ! I recently purchased a Pullman pan and was wondering if this recipe can be baked in that so it gets the shape of the store bought white bread. Have you tried using Pullman pan with bread machine dough ?






  4. I followed the recipe exactly as written and this was the softest and most delicious bread I’ve baked so far! Thanks, this recipe is a keeper.