Sunday, March 2, 2014

Throw Away the Bread Machine Instructions - Soft White Bread

Do you own a bread machine?  I do but I can't remember the last time I used it.  When I brought it in from the garage shelf today, the dust was pretty thick.  Which makes me wonder, have I used it at all since we moved into this house in October of 2011?  In fact, I came close to sending it to the Goodwill in my last round of clearing out things I haven't used.  Ask my husband, if we haven't used something in quite sometime, it's gone!!!  He joked when we were moving last time, if he didn't use something within a week, I'd give it away. 

After reading Lynn from Happier Than A Pig in Mud's post about this bread, I was so glad I didn't give my bread machine away.  I've never had great luck with making bread from scratch in the machine.  The best breads I've turned out have been from those bread machine mixes.  Until now that is!!! If you own a bread machine, give this one a try.  You won't be sorry, it makes a delicious loaf of bread.  Can't wait to make a sandwich with it this week!!!

A few notes on this recipe:

  • The recipe calls for bread flour,  I used all purpose and it worked fine. 
  • You can either use butter or oil in the recipe.  Tim just gave me some flavored olive oils for my birthday.  I used 2 T. of rosemary olive oil.  It added a nice subtle rosemary flavor to the bread.
  • I've never let my yeast bloom when making bread in the bread machine.  It is reported to be the secret for a nice soft loaf of bread.

 Throw Away the Bread Machine Instructions-Soft White Bread
From courtesy of Happier Than A Pig in Mud

1 C warm water (110 degrees F)
2 Tblsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast (one package)
2 Tblsp melted butter
2 Tblsp oil (can use shortening or 4 Tblsp butter)
3 C white bread flour
 1 tsp salt

  1. Place water in the bread pan. Tip: Lynn says "I like  to warm up the pan first by running some hot water into it then pouring it out."
  2. Sprinkle the sugar and yeast over the water, allow to bloom for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, oil, flour and salt.
  4. Select the basic or white bread 1.5lb loaf and press start. Or select the dough cycle and punch down the dough, form and place in a bread pan for the second rise.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


  1. Your rosemary oil sounds like a great addition Julie! Glad you like the bread and still had the bread machine to give it a try, enjoy that sandwich:@)

  2. Mmm, there's nothing better than homemade bread. Thank goodness you didn't throw out the machine!

  3. I just gave mine away...bawaaaah! Looks good Julie...wish I could replicate it.


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