Easy Basic White Bread (Bread Machine)

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A few months ago, when I was browsing the yard sales in my neighborhood, I made an awesome find, a bread machine! I had been looking for one for a few years. It’s one of those things I wanted to add to my kitchen appliance collection, but necessarily didn’t want to pay full price for, because I knew  I wouldn’t be using it that much.

Well, I was wrong, I’ve been using that little bread maker every week. There’s just something special about freshly made bread. The aroma it fills your house with , the taste and the texture is just so superior to anything you buy in the supermarket.

whole bread loaf

Of my favorite recipes to make, a simple white loaf of bread is the best. There’s such beauty in the simplicity of white bread. It reminds me of one of my favorite restaurants in Tennessee. Now this isn’t the cleanest or prettiest place you’ve ever seen. In fact, most people would pass it right by, and if they dared to walk in, would turn around and walk out when they took one look at the interior of the restaurant. But if they paused for a second, and breathed in the gorgeous aroma of freshly baked homemade bread, they couldn’t help but stay a while.

This little restaurant keeps it simple. They’re only open for lunch and dinner, and the homemade white bread can be ordered as toast for breakfast, or with any of the basic sandwiches they have on the menu for lunch. My absolute favorite is a cheeseburger on the homemade toasted white bread. It’s the best! I love it so much, I started making my own hamburgers and even hotdogs at home with homemade white bread too.

I love how this little locally owned restaurant has added a simple little special touch of homemade bread to make their place really stand out from the rest. Now I know you can technically get fresh baked bread at some of these chain restaurants, but it’s not the same as real homemade bread. I don’t know what kind of preservatives they add to it, but it’s just not good. In fact, very few restaurants anymore use homemade fresh baked bread that’s not loaded with preservatives. Real homemade freshly baked bread, like this restaurant makes, is such a wonderful touch that keeps it’s customers coming back time and time again. It’s something that a restaurant of any size, and one that has any type of budget can do.

sliced bread

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Yield: 1 - 2lb loaf

Easy Basic White Bread (Bread Machine)

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


Add wet ingredients to bread machine, and then add dry ingredients on top, except yeast. Sprinkle yeast on top of flour as last ingredient.

Turn bread machine on and select basic 2 lb loaf and start.

After bread is done, let cool completely before slicing.

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  11 Responses to “Easy Basic White Bread (Bread Machine)”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 13, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    Bread machines are so handy! I need to make a loaf of this for my guys today!

  2. sue|theviewfromgreatisland — March 13, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    I got rid of my bread machine long ago, and now I’m regretting it. As much as I’d love to make bread every week, it just doesn’t happen, and now the convenience of the machine sounds so appealing!

  3. Lana | Never Enough Thyme — March 13, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    There’s just nothing to compare with freshly made, home-baked bread! I’ve always enjoyed making my own. It fills the house with a beautiful aroma.

  4. Theresa Greco — March 13, 2015 @ 7:37 pm

    Homemade bread is so worth the time and effort

  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 14, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    I absolutely love bread machine bread! My parents have one but only used it a few times when I was growing up because we’d devour the entire loaf in minutes. It still sits in a closet.

    And this bread looks great!

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — March 14, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    A cheeseburger on homemade toasted white bread sounds fantastic!! I need to get a bread machine asap!

  7. Heather | girlichef — March 14, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    As much as I’d love to say that we choose whole grains and whole wheat every time, when it comes to homemade bread, my whole family is full of white bread fanatics. There really is nothing like a loaf of homemade bread. This looks perfect.

  8. Nutmeg Nanny — March 15, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    I grew up eating white bread and I love it. I know everyone says you should be eating wheat but lets face it, there is nothing better than toasted white bread topped with marmalade…yum!

  9. Paula - bell'alimento — March 15, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    There’s nothing like homemade bread! I can almost smell this through the screen!

  10. Cookin Canuck — March 16, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    I’ve always though of getting a bread machine, but have never bitten the bullet. There’s something about the aroma of freshly baked bread (and the look of your beautiful loaf) that makes me want to order one from Amazon.

  11. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — March 16, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

    What a great find! We don’t eat much bread, but I bet that would be different if i had a machine cranking out loaves like this one.

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