How to Make Bread Using a Bread Machine (the RIGHT way)

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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!  

Bread made from a bread machine

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 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 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. 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.

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

Bread Machine 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. Remove dough from bread machine and place on a floured surface (knead in a little extra flour if it is too sticky to handle)
  2. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Fold and pinch into balls and place in a greased 9×13 glass baking dish.
  3. Place in COLD oven and set to 350-degrees. Set timer for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove rolls from oven and brush with butter.
    Rolls made from bread machine dough

Other Things You Can Use The 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:

Bread Machine Bread

Bread Machine Bread

5 from 33 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 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Bread Machine

Ingredients

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.

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Nutrition Information

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

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried my hands on making a bread. Infact, I can’t even bake to save my life but I happen to be in a house with a bread maker and all the ingredients so I tried this recipe and it came out super awesome👌 Next time, I’ll work on making the shape look better but I’m elated! Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This was ridiculously easy and so good. I’m happy I kept my bread machine around because I’ll be making bread weekly now. Thank you for this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    The best—and easiest—bread I’ve ever made in my bread machine!! This will now be my “go to” recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    1. We haven’t tried doubling this recipe before, so I can’t say one way or the other. Let us know how it goes if you try it!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Our family loves it. I wanted to share that I make it with 1/4 cup of honey and replace one cup of the flour with whole wheat flour. The bread comes out perfectly every time!

  5. 5 stars
    This is by far the best bread machine recipe I have tried…it is now my go to recipe…
    Thank you for sharing it.

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