Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Recipes: Favorite Bread Machine Breads

For the last year, our bread machine has been quite busy! I usually bake one or two loaves each week, depending on what we need. I purchase 25-pound bags of bread flour and bricks of yeast at Sam's Club to stretch the savings. These have become tried-and-true standby recipes.

No bread machine? Keep your eyes open and search Craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores for nice models that are barely used!

1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine, cut into chunks
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Place ingredients in pan in the order specified by your bread machine.

Bake on basic setting, medium crust, 1.5 lb loaf. Remove from bread pan and cool on rack.

This is a great all-purpose bread with enough body to slice for sandwiches.


  • Substitute 3 tablespoons molasses for the sugar.

  • Add 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning for an herb flavor.

  • Set on the dough cycle, then shape into burger buns or sub buns.
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons canola or olive oil
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup minced garlic (or less, if you don't want the garlic to be so powerful)
2 Tablespoons oregano
2 Tablespoons basil
4 teaspoons yeast

Place ingredients in pan in the order specified by your bread machine. Run on the dough setting (the recipe makes 2 lbs of dough, so don't try this in a smaller machine unless you halve the recipe!).

When finished, divide dough on a floured surface. Shape each loaf and place into 2 greased 8x4" bread pans.

Bake at 175 degrees for 35 minutes, then raise temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Be sure to comment and let me know if you try one of these!

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