This recipe came in a booklet with my original breadmaker, and it's still my favorite white bread recipe. Any recipes that I create for the breadmaker are based on this basic one. Try it today, and later this week we'll change it up a bit!
1 cup water, lukewarm
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 C bread flour
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Place all ingredients in your breadmaker in the order recommended by the manufacturer. If no order is recommended, place ingredients in machine in the order listed above. Set machine to basic/white bread setting and push start. If your breadmaker requires that you input a loaf size, select 1 1/2 lb loaf.
Options and Tips:
- I take this loaf out 20 minutes before the cycle is complete and cool it on a wire rack. If you're not sure how it will turn out in your bread machine, leave it in for the full cycle the first time you make it. If the crust is too hard for your liking, take it out early next time.
- This bread has no preservatives (all those ingredients that you can't pronounce!), so it won't keep for a week in your cupboard like store-bought white bread. If you don't finish the loaf after two days, put it in the fridge to preserve freshness. (Or make French Toast.)
- If your breadmaker has a vertical loaf pan and you'd like a "normal" shaped loaf of bread, use the dough setting on your machine. When the cycle is complete, punch down the dough and place it in a greased loaf pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until it's almost as tall as you'd like it (about 2-4 hours, depending on how warm your kitchen is). Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- According to my calculations, it costs 78 cents to make a 1 1/2 lb loaf of bread using regularly priced ingredients from Meijer. If I get my yeast on price drop and my bread flour from Costco, the costs drops to 48 cents per loaf. Meijer's regular price on a smaller, 20 oz (1 1/4 lb) loaf of white bread is $1.49. On sale, it's around 99 cents. Yes, it's cheaper to make your bread at home...but you'll have to decide if it's worth it or not to you, because if you don't get your ingredients on sale, it's not THAT much cheaper. It's worth it to me, because it only takes a few minutes to make something that is SO much better than the store-bought version!
- For more tips and tricks for your bread machine, check out the post on Using Your Breadmaker.