The Best Bread Machine Dough Recipe

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breadpinimageThis is the best bread machine bread you will ever eat. 

 

And it’s easy.

 

You’re welcome. 😉

 

I’ve made it for years about once a month, and every time I pull down my bread machine out of the pantry my family gets a wee bit excited. Last week as I was driving my 15 year old home from band practice before dinner I said “Guess what I made?”

 

“Chicken and dumplings?”

 

Nope.

 

“Italian Beef?”

 

No.

 

“Some chocolate chip cookies?”

 

Seriously kid? Nope – not that either. Homemade bread! I really am the best mom, right?

 

“Mmmmm . . . yup, you really are the best mom.” 😉

 

Folks, this kid is a sophomore so I only have a few more years to convince him my cooking is worth coming home for once he scoots off to college. If chocolate chip cookies, homemade bread and chicken and dumplings do it, you can bet we’ll be eating a lot of those for the next few years . . . 

 

I can’t make it more often than once a month because I have very little self control when it comes to a loaf of warm homemade bread in the kitchen, but when I do it’s just a happy treat for the whole family. It’s so simple to make and takes about 5 minutes of effort ~ so worth it if your family loves homemade bread too!

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Bread Machine Dough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (110 – 115 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey (if you don’t have any you can skip it and it turns out fine)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (can also substitute with half whole wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast or active dry yeast

Bread Machine Directions

  1. Put ingredients in the order above into bread machine (you don’t need to stir it , just dump it in!)
  2. Set bread machine on dough setting, and let it make the dough for you.
  3. Once dough is made (it takes my machine about 1 1/2 hours to make), remove dough and place in loaf pan.
  4. Let rise for about 30 minutes to an hour if you have time – sometimes when I don’t I just go ahead and bake it and it works out fine.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, and enjoy!

Note – if you’re away from home during the day you can let the bread machine do all the work for you, I just don’t like the weird shape that my bread comes out in when I use the machine so choose to make it on the dough setting and then bake it in a loaf pan.)

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If you don’t have a bread machine . . .

First, say a prayer that you’ll find one at a yard sale (I really do love mine ~ and today only Amazon actually has one as it’s Amazon Gold Box Deal for $79, which is a great price while it lasts!)  Then, go over HERE to see Tammy’s step by step instructions on how to make the dough at home – it really isn’t that hard, and she does a fabulous job giving step-by-step instructions! 

 

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If your family loves bread like mine does, try out some Best Ever Cinnamon Bread too.

So. good.

 

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Looking for a bread machine? This one is currently priced at $59 and the best price I see ~ check it out over HERE.

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Comments

  1. Sounds so good as we head into cooler weather! Do you spray or flour the loaf pan before putting the dough in? Thanks– my family has enjoyed many of your recipes!

  2. Hi Jaime! I do spray the loaf pan with cooking spray before baking ~ I’ll go update the recipe! Thanks for pointing that out Jaime (and hope you all enjoy it!)

  3. Sounds really good. Can this be made with wheat flour?

    • Yes Cheryl! I just updated the recipe – I’ve made it before with half whole wheat flour and half wheat flour and it’s been great. I’m not sure if I’d completely use whole wheat flour but it wouldn’t hurt to try? In fact, I may try 2/3 whole wheat and 1/3 white flour next time just to try a little more wheat flour each time. (If you use whole wheat I would definitely be sure to include the honey in the recipe to sweeten things a bit.) I have whole wheat flour in my pantry right now so I may have to try and see how it goes!

  4. Ty for your reply, Laurie! I think I have the ingredients and may give it a try with wheat flour tomorrow. I will let you know if I do!

  5. I made this the other day with 2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour and it was delicious!! Will definitely make this again!!

  6. Can’t wait to try this! I tried to pull up the link for the cinnamon bread machine recipe and I think the link is broken. Can you please send a good link? Thank you!

  7. Hi! It is my first time here and I already loved this site! Just want to ask if this “1 tablespoon milk” is powder or liquid milk. Thank you! xo

  8. I need to know what to set my machine to bake – 1, 1-1/2, or 2 lbs.
    Thanks!

  9. Can you just let the bread machine bake the bread for you, or is it better to remove and bake in the oven?

    • Hi Lara! You can, but I have a very old model bread machine, and it makes it in a square kind of lump which I just don’t like, so I swap it over and bake in the oven. Yours may do better than mine though!

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Can this recipe be used in high altitudes?

  11. Can you use bread flour instead of AP? Do you have to change anything?

  12. This is probably a stupid question, but did you use vegetable oil in the recipe?

  13. I recently found out that I need to go gluten-free free. Do you have a gluten-free recipe for bread?

  14. When you put it in pan to rise, do you cover it?

  15. Trying this for first time today, what size loaf pan do you use?

  16. Thanks! We’re enjoying homemade bread again 🙂

  17. Can this bread be made with gluten free flour? Thanks in advance.

  18. Just wondering, powdered milk or liquid? Tks 🙂

  19. Prayer Answered;) found my beautiful bread machine for $3 at an Amish yard sale!!
    Ready to make your bread this morning.

  20. I halved the recipe as my bread maker is 1lb, but it still made a very small loaf, so next time I’ll just stick with the original. It turned out great though, it tastes wonderful and was super easy to make! Definitely worth a try!

  21. So the flavor of this is awesome, but my bread (I baked in my machine) collapsed in the center 🙁 what could have gone wrong??

    • I have no idea Shanda – I’ve never heard of that! You did use slightly warm water as well as yeast? That’s so strange (I’m so sorry!)

  22. Can you freeze the dough to use at a later date? If so, do you rise it at room temperature first? I’d also like to let you know, this is the BEST dough I’ve made so far. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • Hmmm Denise – I’ve never tried that but would think that would be okay? Would be worth trying once to see how it goes! So glad you liked the recipe – thanks so much for letting me know!

  23. Jordan Sloan says:

    Why did my bread come out gooey? ☹️

  24. Lois Gabruck says:

    I can’t get the print button to work! Looks like a recipe to try!

    • Jena Osborne says:

      Hi Lois! I was unable to get the print button to work as well, so I copied and pasted to a blank word document and printed it from there. Hope this helps! 🙂

  25. This bread is amazing! I have made it twice now, and I really love it. It has a great texture and taste, it’s super simple, and it has turned out perfectly both times. I really wanted to start making all of my bread instead of buying it, and I’m super grateful for a recipe that will make that goal happen! Thank you!

  26. If I let the machine do all the work how long will it take from start to finish?

  27. I followed Otto a T and it was delicious. Well, the part I managed to scrape out of the pan. I know better but I didn’t grease the pan and paid the price. What a lovely bread though. So tasty.

  28. Oh my, this is the best recipe ever! My family absolutely loves it. I’ve tried lots of other bread recipes and by far this is the best. I’ve quit buying store bread and make this instead. I think I am going to try out the cinnamon one this weekend.

  29. This was my first go at making homemade bread and let me tell you, I’m hooked!This recipe was so easy and it turned out amazing! My family loved it. My husband loves bread but he is very picky. We only buy uncut bread from a certain local bakery, like I said, VERY picky. He LOVED this bread. In fact he said it was the best he had ever had and would be happy if I would make this instead of buying again. I have made this a few times now and it never disappoints. So thank you for an amazing recipe that will be used over and over again by our family. 🙂

  30. I used this recipe today & the bread came out great. My only issue was that my bread machine didn’t mix it completely so I ended up kneading it by hand. To get around this, can I use this recipe in a kitchenaid mixer using the hook?

  31. I made this and it turned out great. I even forgot to put the salt in and it’s still good

  32. Hi what can I substitute the milk with to make it non dairy Tx

  33. Just tried this recipe and it turned out amazing! It was perfect! The texture was perfect, it was moist and delicious. Even my mom-in-law who loves to bake her own bread thought mine was great. Thank you so much!

  34. I’m eating my first slice….It is seriously AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much….it’s perfect and so easy.

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