Basic Bread Machine White Bread

With the holidays approaching everyone needs a good simple white bread recipe.  This bread bakes up with a crispy light brown crust, and is soft a airy on the inside.  I love using my bread machine to bake bread because its so easy and has very little hands on time.  Plus, the whole house smells delicious for hours.   

1 1/3 Cup of water
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1 1/3 tablespoon of sugar
2 teaspoons of salt (less if you aren’t using unsalted butter)
3 2/3 cup of bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast (one packet usually)

My bread machine is liquids first (most of the newer ones are) so this is my typical preparation.  Using a fork I sift all the dry ingredients together, less the yeast, and set it aside.  Cut the butter into two chunks.  Place warm water into the bottom of the bread machine.  Add 1 piece of butter, half the dry stuff, the last of the butter topped with the last of the dry stuff.  I make a little well in the flour, pour the yeast in it and hit start.  I use the “white bread” setting and it comes out great!

Tips:
Let the butter warm up a little, yeast doesnt like cold things and it will work into the flour better.
Make sure the water is warm per the instructions on the back of the yeast packet.  I’m kinda particular and double check with a thermometer. 
The little well in the flour keeps the yeast from getting stuck to the side of the baker. 

Left Overs!
This bread makes the best french toast ever!  It also make fantastic homemade croutons and garlic cheese toast. 

I hope you get the opportunity to make this bread for your friends and family this holiday season.  I would love to hear how it turns out!

One Reply to “Basic Bread Machine White Bread”

  1. We love using our breadmaker….our recipe is similar, but I might try adding the butter the way you do, just for something different.

    During the holidays we make an egg nog bread by substituting some of the water with egg nog and then making an egg nog glaze for the top. It is wonderful!!

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