Bread Machine Bread

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Tired of bread machine bread recipes coming out dry and hard? This is a foolproof method for getting perfect bread every time! Use this easy recipe to make dinner rolls, pizza dough, even bread machine cinnamon rolls.

Bread made from a bread machine
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  1. The Best Bread Machine Bread Recipe
  2. Why Use a Bread Maker/Machine?
  3. What Bread Maker is Best?
  4. Do I Need to use Bread Machine Flour/Yeast?
  5. Ingredients
  6. How to Bake After Mixing
  7. More Bread Machine Recipes
  8. Other Things You Can Use This Dough For:
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. How to Make Bread Machine Bread
  11. Bread Machine Bread Recipe

The Best Bread Machine Bread Recipe

My good friend, Abby, has always made THE best bread. A few years ago, I asked her what her secret is and she told me she always does her bread in a bread machine. I honestly didn’t believe her at first because bread machine bread just isn’t usually good. I had attempted making bread in a bread machine at least a dozen times and I could never make it taste right. She proved me wrong. Now making bread/dough in the bread machine is my VERY favorite way to make homemade bread. A special thanks to her for sharing this white bread recipe with us (and allowing me to share it with you!)

Sliced warm bread


Why Use a Bread Maker/Machine?

Bread machine dough being poured into a bread pan

Bread machines are SO convenient. You just put everything right in, push go, and it does all the work for you! The mixing, the kneading, the rising, the baking…everything! Where the bread machine falls short is in the “baking” part. When it comes to baking bread, the bread machine is not your friend. So what is to be done? Shhh.. it’s a secret. Here’s what you do: Dump the dough in a bread pan, put it in a COLD oven (no preheating, YAY!), turn the oven on and bake. It’s THAT easy.

What Bread Maker is Best?

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what kind of bread machine you have. We got the cheapest bread maker on Amazon that had decent reviews. I think it was under $100. Any basic bread maker will do. Just make sure it has a “dough” option so it will stop once the dough is done.

Ingredients for bread in a bread machine

Do I Need to use Bread Machine Flour/Yeast?

Nope! Just make sure you are using a quick-rise yeast for it to work best. In this recipe, we just use all-purpose flour, no need to spend extra getting special ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Water – very hot
  • Egg
  • Butter – cold, not softened
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Quick-rise yeast (instant yeast)

How to Bake After Mixing

  1. When your dough is finished, pour it straight into a greased bread pan. If you want to make it look pretty, you can turn it so a smooth side is facing up. Then just tuck down any unruly edges.
  2. Place the bread pan in the COLD oven. No preheating necessary!
  3. Set temperature to 350-degrees and set timer for 30 minutes. The bread will rise and bake in this time.
  4. Remove baked bread from the oven and remove quickly from pan. Place on a cooling rack and brush with butter. Cover with a towel or place in a plastic Ziplock bag to keep from drying out.
    Bread machine dough in a baking pan

More Bread Machine Recipes

Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

The bread machine method of making homemade rolls couldn’t be easier (or more delicious). It is even easier than using frozen rolls because you don’t have to wait for them to thaw! Here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 below
  2. Remove dough from bread machine and place on a floured surface (knead in a little extra flour if it is too sticky to handle)
  3. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Fold and pinch into balls and place in a greased 9×13 glass baking dish.
  4. Place in COLD oven and set to 350-degrees. Set timer for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove rolls from oven and brush with butter.
  6. Tip: You can also roll these out more flat and bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to make hamburger buns
    Rolls made from bread machine dough

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

You can even use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 below but swap out the water for 1 cup warm milk, then add an additional: 1 egg, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 tablespoon yeast.
  2. After the dough has gone through the dough cycle, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and allow to rise another 15 minutes.
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll dough out into a 16×20 inch rectangle. Melt ⅓ cup butter and pour over the top of the dough. Combine 1 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the top of the butter.
  4. Starting from the longer side, tightly roll up the dough to form a cylinder. Slice the log into 10-12 equal pieces.
  5. Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Once the rolls have risen, bake them at 375-degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. While rolls are baking, prepare our cream cheese frosting recipe (you will want to half the recipe for these cinnamon rolls)
  8. Once the cinnamon rolls are done baking, let them cool for a few minutes before spreading the cream cheese frosting on top.

Other Things You Can Use This Dough For:

We have used this exact dough recipe for all sorts of recipes. Sometimes you have to knead it with some flour to get the right consistency depending on what you are making, but it works like a charm in these recipes:

Read more:35+ Dinner Ideas

Frequently Asked Questions

Will regular flour work in a bread machine?

Bread machines usually call for ‘bread flour’. The main difference between bread flour and all-purpose flour is the gluten content (bread flour has more gluten). All-purpose flour is absolutely fine to use! Your loaf of bread may not rise as spectacularly as it would with the bread flour, but there really isn’t much of a difference.

Is it cheaper to make your own bread with a bread maker?

Absolutely! And not only is it cheaper, but you know exactly what is going into it! No mystery ingredients in your sandwich bread.
Broken down, the savings look like this: The average cost of a loaf of basic white bread is around $4 (more or less), making it yourself costs about $2.
(It also tastes better!)

How can I improve my bread flavor?

Don’t rush the proofing of your loaf. The proofing is a fermenting process, and while it does this it is developing complex and interesting flavors and a texture.

How to Make Bread Machine Bread

Bread from a bread machine

Bread Machine Bread

4.94 from 135 votes
Tired of bread machine bread recipes coming out dry and hard? This is a foolproof method for getting perfect bread every time!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12

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Equipment

  • Bread Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water (very hot)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter (cold- not softened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon quick-rise yeast

Instructions

  • Place hot water, egg, butter, sugar, and salt in bread machine.
  • Add 3 cups flour. Make a small well in the flour and add yeast.
  • Set bread machine to "dough" for 90 minutes (1 hour 30 minutes) and start.
  • When dough is finished. Pour directly into a greased bread pan. If needed, gently turn the bread or tuck in the edges so the top is smooth.
  • Place bread in COLD oven and set oven to 350 degrees. Set timer for 30 minutes.
  • When finished baking, remove from oven and carefully remove bread from the pan (it's ok if it is sticky).
  • Place on a baking rack to cool and brush the top with butter. Place a towel over the bread or place in a plastic Ziplock bag to keep from drying out.
  • Serve immediately or place in a plastic Ziplock bag to keep from drying out.

If Making Rolls:

  • Remove dough from bread machine and place on a floured surface.
  • Knead in a little flour if dough is too sticky to handle.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Fold and pinch into dough balls and place in a greased 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Place in a COLD oven and set to 350 degrees. Set timer for 25 minutes.
  • Remove rolls from oven and brush with butter.

Notes

When you have a good loaf of bread, you have infinite bread possibilities. This bread machine recipe is perfect for…
  • using as a crust to spread with jams, from raspberry to fig to cherry, and drizzled with honey
  • toasting and  slathering with garlic and cheese, and pairing with soups, salads, and vegetables
  • your favorite new sandwich
  • French toast, a morning staple
  • and finally, the classic bread and butter, not to be overlooked. 
This bread machine white bread is more than a recipe, it’s a new (easier) way of life. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 136IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We love this recipe. The first three times we made it, it worked perfectly. Since then, it seems to be rising too quickly and over proofing in the bread machine (and seems too sticky). We can’t figure out what’s going on, though we’ve tried taking it out before 90 minutes and adding extra flour so it’s less sticky. Any thoughts?

      1. It’s been an unusually wet winter, but I don’t think the weather’s really changed since I started baking the bread. Our bread machine dough cycle is about 2.5 hours, but I’ve been taking it out after 90 minutes (sometimes less to try to stop it from rising too much). I’ll try to reduce the water a bit and see what happens. It’s been delicious every time, even when it doesn’t seem quite right.

  2. 5 stars
    i found this recipe in January. I have made minimum 10 loaves. My husband and I LOVE this recipe! i have given loves to friends and family and they have enjoyed it as well. i have made the bread as directed and made a mixture of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, pressed the bread out and spread the combination and rolled the bread and baked according to directions. YUMMY!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the best bread machine recipe I have tried so far. The bread turned out perfectly. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon rolls. This is my new go-to recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this bread exactly as it instructs. I expected disaster because of how quick and easy it is but to my surprise it was perfect! It is the only bread I bake now. . . And sometimes at the last minute! Thank you for such a delicious and quick bread re ipe.

  5. Just made this and cut off a piece. It needs to bake longer than the 30 minutes (from a cold oven). What did I do wrong?

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this bread quite a while and I really love it! It’s so fast and easy
    to make and turns out great. To make it even faster and easier I put together several packets of pre-measured dry ingredients (except the yeast), and place the salt and sugar in a separate little bag which I then place in a larger bag with the 3 cups of flour. I even
    cut up the 4 tablespoons of butter and keep it in a baggy in the fridge. Talk about fast!

  7. 5 stars
    Hello, I made your delicious bread loaf. The texture is so perfect, but mine was a tad salty. I was wondering if I was supposed to use unsalted butter?

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