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Homemade Bread in One Hour with the Bread Machine

There’s nothing like having fresh homemade bread to go with your meal. Make the process quicker with this one hour bread recipe ready for dinner tonight.

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Fresh, homemade bread is a perfect side for so many meals. It’s a great recipe to make as a side with soups, pasta sauce, or a salad. You can eat it as-is, add some butter, sprinkle it with seasonings, or toast it for a bit of a crunch. You can add garlic powder to make garlic bread or Italian seasoning to go with pasta. 

When we received a bread machine for a wedding gift, we were so happy! It makes it so easy to make fresh bread whenever we want it without spending crazy time making it. My favorite thing about using the machine is no worrying about the consistency of the dough, rise times in a warm place, or working hard since this is a no knead bread recipe (the machine does it for you). 

The normal bread cycle takes about 3 hours, but the “express bake” option has it done in under 1 hour and still gives bread the golden crust we love. The best part is that the preparation only takes about 4-5 minutes then the machine does the rest of the work. It also doesn’t leave a bunch of dishes like a regular bread would. No baking sheet, wooden spoon, floured surface, or stand mixer to clean out. 

A Note About Ingredients

Quick-Rise Yeast

When you get your ingredients, make sure to get the quick-rise or rapid rise yeast. I didn’t realize the difference the first time and got instant yeast that wasn’t quick-rise and my bread was flat. It didn’t cook properly with regular yeast. The taste was there, but the shape just wasn’t right. The quick-rise yeast makes the bread rise fast enough for this recipe. 

Why Bread Flour?

Instead of all-purpose flour, which has a lower protein count, bread flour is a more dense type of flour. It will give your bread the best results because the higher protein produces more gluten thus creating more elasticity in the bread dough. Using bread flour will also make your bread more chewy than using all-purpose flour. 

What Should I Make with this Bread?

There are a lot of options you can choose when you make your own bread. We found this easy recipe is a great bread to slice into thin pieces. 

  • Sandwich bread
  • French toast
  • Breakfast toast drizzled with maple syrup
  • Bread bakes
  • Dip in a bowl of soup or pasta

Homemade Bread in One Hour Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp quick-rise active dry yeast
Ingredients for homemade bread in stainless steel and white bowls all on a wooden surface

Preparation

Make sure the dough hook is in place if yours is removable. Add all of the liquid ingredients to the bread pan. 

Liquid ingredients in bread pan surrounded by dry ingredients on a wooden surface

Add dry ingredients except for the yeast.

Dry ingredients in a bread pan with a bowl of yeast next to it on a wooden surface

Form well in dry ingredients and add yeast, don’t let the yeast touch the liquid ingredients.

Bread ingredients in a bread pan on a wooden surface

Select Expressbake, crust color (I find “light” gives it a perfect golden brown color), and press start.

When the bread is done, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a cooling rack. Cut with a sharp knife or a bread knife and serve. 

Homemade bread sliced on a white tray next ot a white and brown towel on a wooden surface (vertical)

Homemade Bread in One Hour Leftovers

Storage: Leftover bread will stay good in a sealed airtight container at room temperature for about 3-5 days, depending on the humidity in your home.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 1, 2022

Last Updated On: October 16, 2023

Homemade bread sliced on a white tray next ot a white and brown towel on a wooden surface

Homemade Bread

There's nothing like having fresh homemade bread to go with your meal. Make the process quicker with this express bake bread recipe.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 58 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course:
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
bread
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bread machine
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flour
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yeast
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Cooking Method:
Bread Machine
Servings: 16 slices
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp quick-rise active dry yeast

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Instructions

  • Add liquid ingredients to the pan
  • Add dry ingredients except for the yeast
  • Form well in dry ingredients and add yeast, don’t let the yeast touch the liquid ingredients
  • Select Expressbake, crust color, and press start
  • When the bread is done, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a cooling rack
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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 220mg9%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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19 thoughts on “Homemade Bread in One Hour with the Bread Machine”

  1. During early covid we made bread once a week and honestly I have no self control. But gosh this sounds so good!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum to the yum. I love bread and have never made it for my family before. I am going to try this recipe out this weekend with my daughter. I can’t believe it only takes one hour!

  3. Nnniiiccceee…for some reason, I have always had it in my head that making bread is quite the tedious and specialised task. This debunks it for me. With this recipe, I am ready to bake my first loaf.

    1. Steven Raymond Collins

      I was making hopefully for just soups, but now i will definitely try it on sandwiches, thanks for the idea Krystle!

  4. This looks so so good!!! I would love to bake my own bread, that is so cool. I can’t wait to try your recipe, I am actually very excited about it.

  5. 5 stars
    The bread you made looks great. 3 hours down to 1 is really impressive. Sounds like I might need a breadmaker as we do love fresh bread.

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