Sunday, June 23, 2013

The best white bread machine recipe (1.5 lb)

As a wedding gift from a family member, my husband and I received a Target gift card. After debating about what to purchase with it, we finally decided to get a Black & Decker bread machine.

We felt this would be an appliance we would use regularly - who doesn't love freshly baked, homemade bread?! I could hardly wait to get it home and experiment with it. The weird thing is, the manual did not come with a recipe for a basic white bread - which, you would think, any bread machine manual would include.

So, after making several bread loaves and experimenting with recipes, I found this to be the BEST recipe yet. This makes an awesome loaf - flaky, slightly crispy crust, and soft inside. Great taste, and makes awesome sandwiches and toast.

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45
degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1. Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.

Also, the recipe calls for bread flour, but I've used all purpose flour as well and it comes out good either way.

It doesn't get much easier! 3.5 hours later, you have an awesome loaf of bread that tastes better than store-bought.


  1. Thanks! I got the same bread machine for a christmas present and the first thing I noticed was the lack of any basic bread recipes! Every one has a funky twist. Truly bizarre. Thanks so much for posting!!

    1. I know, white bread is so basic and it confused me that the manual didn't include a recipe for one. I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  2. Can you substitute this yeast for a bread machine yeast

    1. I'm sure you could use any yeast but keep an eye on it. I usually use the yeast meant for bread machines.

  3. It's a great recipe as is but I'd like to use bread machine yeast. Has anyone made this recipe using bread machine yeast?

    1. Hi Ann, in the recipe I used bread machine yeast and it works great.

  4. Hi there, Im posting this message in hopes of receiving clarifition about the correct amount of bread machine yeast too use. I specifically found the "1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine " instructions too be confusing; do I use .25 ounces of yeast or 1.25 ounces? Perhaps it is neither. Hope to see a response soon, thanks again as my dad recently bought a machine out his desire for fresh bread and asked me too find a recipe too try!

  5. Hi there, I'm looking for clarification on your instructions. My dad recently bought a machine and has asked me too find a recipe. Id love too try this one but I am confused regarding the amount of yeast too use; "1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine" has confused me. Is 1 package of yeast .25 ounces? Or am I using 1.25 ounces of yeast? My yeast comes in a glass jar, not packages which I believe lead too this confusion!

    1. Hi Mitch,

      Sorry for any confusion! This recipe calls for 1 packet of yeast, which is .25oz or about 2 1/4 tsp. Hope that helps, good luck!


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