I am a newlywed on a budget, just trying to make healthy and inexpensive meals for my husband and I to enjoy. He eats a lot, so cost is a big factor. Though I work 3 jobs, I manage to find time 6 nights a week to cook a full dinner for us both. I am constantly looking for new recipes that are moderately healthy, taste great, and won't break the bank.

On the side, I also own a brownie business called Gersheybars. My passion and love for cooking started when I was just a small child, baking with my mom and grandmother. The brownie recipe has been passed down through 5 generations and I am thrilled to finally have an outlet to share them with everybody else. Friends and family have helped spread the word and made my business as successful as it is today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Best Bread Machine Bread


After working in a commercial bread bakery, I learned quite a few techniques to make a perfect loaf of bread. I can knead bread like it's nobody's business, form roll shapes, etc. But for loaf bread, I just don't want to take the time to proof it on the counter, punch it down, knead it, etc. Too much work for a loaf of sandwich bread. I much prefer the "set it and forget it" way of baking a loaf of bread for sandwiches.

So Justin got a bread machine a few years ago for his birthday, and we've been experimenting for a while to find the
perfect loaf of white bread. This one is the winner! It's soft on the inside, crusty on the outside, but not too crusty, slightly sweet, and just smells delicious. We make a loaf of this every week for sandwiches, and then we toast the ends to make bread crumbs. Yum!

We usually make white bread, but I posted the whole wheat variation too. Both are good, we just prefer the white to whole wheat. Though if we do make a whole wheat loaf, I always add some cornmeal, cracked wheat and bulgar to add flavor and texture.


Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water, about 110 degrees
  • 2 Tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil (it's not nearly as good with vegetable oil)
  • 4 cups flour (or 1.5 cups whole wheat flour and 2.5 cups bread flour)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Directions

1. In a bread machine, place water, oil and salt.

2. Add flour on top of liquids. Pour sugar into one corner of the bread machine basket. Then make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast. Set your bread machine for "basic" loaf, and let it do the work for you!

17 comments:

Fran Ferree said...

This is the best white bread recipe I have tried so far.

MB said...

my machine bakes either 1.5 or 2 lb loafs. which is this?

Hai said...

Love, love this bread! Trying the wheat version today. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Lori said...

Do you have this recipe in 1.5 loaf? We love it but, it rises to high and sticks to the top of the machine.

Pastry Princess said...

Hi Lori - try this for a 1.5# loaf.
1 cup water
2 T sugar
2.25 tsp yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups flour
1.5 tsp salt

Catherine said...

Mmmmm...want to try this this weekend.

Just a couple of questions.
1) is it bread machine yeast? (probably a silly question but just checking as I'm fairly new to using a bread machine)

2) Bread machine flour or all-purpose flour?

Thanks!!

Mmmm...getting hungry already!

Pastry Princess said...

I use regular rapid-rise yeast and bread flour.

Catherine said...

Thank you!! Off to shop!

Rachel Moss said...

I was given a "the breadmaker by mr. coffee" but it did not have the manual with it. Ive searched online to try to figure out what the settings mean but I cant find anywhere! It has settings for "basic 1, basic 2, or basic 3" and I dont know which to use or what to set the timer for?

Rachel Moss said...

I was given "the breadmaker by mr coffee" but it did not come with the manual. Ive searched all over online trying to figure out how to use it, but cant find answers. it has settings for "basic 1, basic 2, & basic 3"...I dont know which basic to use or how long to set the timer for?

Sexta-feira said...

I use this recipe and i put a litle milk to, I put the same amount of oil and milk

tpost1018 said...

Would conversions need to be made if using bread machine yeast and bread machine flour? Thank you.

Amanda Cottrell said...

This was absolutly amazing my family loved it. Thank you!

Laura Baiton said...

I cannot find your whole wheat loaf recipe - can you please direct me to where it is posted. Thanks!

Christine said...

The family loved this! No one is a fan of the weird bricks that my 20 year old zojirushi makes so I used the dough setting, split dough between 2 greased bread pans, let rise again and baked at 350 for 30 mins. I will definitely do this again. So easy and I love the short ingredient list.

Jenny said...

This is the first loaf of bread I've made in my bread machine...it is VERY YUMMY!!!

Shannon Walters said...

Just took the loaf out of the bread machine and it is the best looking bread I have made to date. I baked it as a 1.5 lb loaf and it turned out perfect. I didn't realize this recipe was for a 2 lb loaf. My son can't wait to cut into it.