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Why I Love My Bread Machine + White Bread Recipe

Fresh bread always tastes so much better than store-bought. And with a bread machine, it’s quick and easy to have it whenever you wish.

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One of my most-used gifts from my bridal shower is my bread machine. I absolutely love having an easy way to make fresh white bread whenever we get the taste for it with our dinners.

It was my elementary school chorus teacher who gave it to me as a gift. She said that she has the same one and uses it all the time. We broke it in within the week of getting the machine, and have used it at least a few times per month since then.

Fresh Bread from the Bread Machine Tastes Better

So far, I have only tried a few bread machine recipes with it and they have all been a success. My go-to recipe is for plain white bread that goes with almost any soup, chili, or pasta. I have also made Hawaiian bread, French bread, and pumpernickel as well. I’ve used the dough setting to make my homemade pizza dough, too.

The only thing we have noticed when we make fresh bread is that it doesn’t usually last as long as store-bought bread. But it also doesn’t have any preservatives or anything like that in it, so it tastes much better.

The smell of fresh bread baking is like no other. It permeates the entire house with a mouth-watering, delicious smell that makes us all hungry.

The best part of making our own bread is knowing exactly what ingredients are going into it. And I know what I am feeding my family. I can choose the best ingredients to go in our bread and leave out anything we don’t want. Lately, I’ve been trying to lower the amount of sugar we are eating, so I can put less sugar in the recipe for us.

What is an Automatic Breadmaker?

The breadmaker or bread machine is just as it sounds, a machine that makes bread. It has an inner pan that you place all of your ingredients into. This has a kneading paddle that attaches to the bottom and spins when needed during the baking process. There’s a heating element underneath the inner pan to bake all types of bread for you. 

The best bread maker will give you options for the crust color, what type of bread, etc. But they all have a single loaf pan that the bread loaf is made in. Unfortunately, this does mean you can’t make different loaf sizes when you use the bread machine. 

Many Options

The bread machine has many different settings. Even though I haven’t explored all of them, this is still one of my favorite machines (along with my stand mixer, another wedding gift). I have used it with the basic bread option and the dough option most of the time. I haven’t tried the express bake yet because I never bought any of the quick yeast.

Personally, I like my bread cooked on a light crust setting, so that’s what I always choose. But if you want your bread cooked longer, there are options for a medium and dark crust as well.

The machine does basic bread, French, sweet, whole wheat, quick bake, dough, and so many others. There are even options for bagel dough and jam, but I haven’t tried those yet either.

We’ve made the basic white bread recipe before and used it for a few different recipes. I use it as a side for many meals and have cut it into slices for sandwich bread. It can also be diced up to use for homemade croutons, or at Thanksgiving to make homemade stuffing. The bread really is so versatile and good for almost anything.

The Best Bread Machines

The bread machine that I have is the Oster brand machine, and I love it. The price point is really good for something that has so many uses. You can buy it here on Amazon and get started making your own fresh bread this weekend!

No matter which brand of bread machine you purchase, make sure you read the instruction manual so you can make homemade bread with minimal effort. 

Best Types of Flour for Bread

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. 

Gluten-Free Bread

If you want gluten-free bread, make sure to use gluten-free flour such as brown rice flour or almond flour. 

Types of Yeast in Bread

The two main types of yeast in bread are quick yeast and active dry yeast. Quick yeast activates, well, quickly! It’s perfect when you are using some of the different programs such as the quick bread option. 

White Bread Step by Step


  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp dry milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast


Pour all of the liquid ingredients (water, melted butter, and lemon juice) into the bread pan. 

Bread machine pan next to a glass measuring cup of water and stainless steel bowls with lemon juice and melted butter on a white surface

Add the salt, flour, dry milk, and sugar to the pan without stirring. 

Bread machine pan with wet ingredients inside next to stainless steel bowls with flour, dry milk, salt, sugar, and dry yeast on a white surface

Form a small well in the dry ingredients, without getting down to the liquid, and put the active yeast in the well. It should not touch the liquids at this time. 

Bread machine pan with dry ingredients forming a well for yeast on a white surface

Set the bread machine to a basic bread setting, choose your crust darkness, and press start. Once the bread machine has finished, remove the bread and place it on a rack to cool before slicing and serving. 

Loaf of white bread with a few sliced pieces on a wooden cutting board next to a bread knife with a white and grey towel behind all on a white surface (vertical)

White Bread Leftovers

Storage: Store the remaining bread at room temperature in a paper bag, plastic bag, or ziptop bag. The paper is best as it lets some of the moisture out, reducing the chance of mold. The bread should last 2-3 days when stored properly.


Originally Published On: October 3, 2017

Last Updated On: December 3, 2023

Loaf of white bread with a few sliced pieces on a wooden cutting board next to a bread knife with a white and grey towel behind all on a white surface

White Bread

Fresh bread always tastes so much better than store-bought. And with a bread machine, it’s quick and easy to have it whenever you wish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Side Dish
bread machine
Servings: 15 slices
5 from 7 votes


  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp dry milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast


  • Add liquid ingredients to pan
  • Add dry ingredients except yeast
  • Form well in dry ingredients and add yeast, don’t let the yeast touch the liquid ingredients
  • Select Basic, crust color, and press start
  • When bread is done, remove from pan and transfer to cooling rack
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Nutrition Facts
White Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 291mg12%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 57IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
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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46 thoughts on “Why I Love My Bread Machine + White Bread Recipe”

  1. themindfulmomblographer

    Glad I’m not the only one who loves their bread machine! Sometimes I feel like I am the only one left using one, ha! It is just so easy, quick and cost effective method for bread. Delicious looking recipe, too!

    1. Bread floured is made slightly different than all-purpose flour. You can use either one, but when you are making a bread, all-purpose flour will often make it a bit heavier and denser. It’s mostly a matter of texture and which you prefer.

  2. Baking fresh bread sounds like so much fun! I will definitely try out the recipe you gave. I hope it will be a success!

  3. 5 stars
    Making homemade bread is always a good idea! I remember growing up where my grandmother would always bake bread just in our old oven and it made the house smell so wonderfully delightful. I wish she was still around and I would definitely get her her own bread machine…

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh! I want a bread machine. We love making all kinds of sandwiches and subs. It would be great to make homemade bread too to go with our sandwiches and subs.

  5. Nothing compares to homemade bread! My mom uses to make homemade bread a lot when I was younger. I have been wanting a bread maker for a while now so I hope to get one soon!

  6. I am glad you love your bread machine. I am kind of ambivalent about it. I have made ok bread with it. And it’s great when you have to step away for a length of time. But I really prefer to do it by hand if at all possible.

  7. 5 stars
    We eat so much bread at home that I should consider buying my own bread machine, it looks waaaay easier than the traditional way, which I’ve tried but it is so much work! I wonder what kind of preservatives they put in the bread from the stores…

    1. I haven’t looked too closely at the preservatives, but there has to be something. My bread only lasts a few days whereas theirs last a week in my pantry, and who knows how long since it was made and shipped?

  8. I’m all for making food and knowing exactly what ingredients are going in your food! Gives you so much piece of mind – LOVE THAT! I’ve never tried bread making but this sounds great.

  9. I really wanted a bread maker and we never got one. I honestly think it would be so fun to make bread! This recipe looks delish!

  10. This is really good machine and since it doesn’t last as long as the bread from the store because I know breads from the store last as least one day or more, we could use it for a meal and make new and fresh each meal.

  11. I’ve been experimenting with making bread but don’t have a bread machine. Fresh bread is so good, I might need to get a machine so I can have it more often!

  12. 5 stars
    My mom used to have a bread machine when I was in elementary school. But, my mom never used it like her spice cabinet, was never interested in it. I tried to make bread once with it but I failed (this was when I was small). I think they got rid of it once we moved. I never saw it again.

  13. Oh I have this exact model, but haven’t used it for YEARS. Maybe it’s time to dig it out of storage because I really did love fresh bread with ours. You are so right, it tastes so much better, and no preservatives!

    1. When we were between houses and living with family, this is one of the kitchen items I made sure didn’t go into the storage unit. You should get it out and make fresh bread again. It’s so warm and delicious.

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