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how to make basic white bread in a bread machine

Bread Machine Recipe: How to make homemade white bread less dense

I've tried many bread machine recipes, and this one works perfectly for me to make simple white bread.  The bread is tall, not dense, of perfect composition.  Basic recipe for a bread maker machine.  
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 313kcal
Author Julia


  • 1 cup and 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 ¼ cups white bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:

  • The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough!

How to make bread in a bread machine:

  • Add water and oil into the bread pan. Add salt, sugar. Add flour.
  • Make a small indentation on top of flour and make sure it does not reach wet ingredients. Add the yeast to the indentation.
  • Keep yeast away from the salt.
  • Insert the bread pan into the bread machine, press it down to snap. Close the lid.
  • Use Basic bread, 1.5 lb loaf, medium crust cycle (3 hrs 15 minutes)
  • When bread is done, remove the bread pan using oven mitts. Turn over the bread pan and shake it to release the loaf. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.


The recipe is adapted from Williams-Sonoma bread machine booklet.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg