Bread Machine White Bread (Extra Buttery Flavor)

This bread machine white bread recipe produces a delicious and buttery white bread. It is perfect for making homemade sandwich bread or a great tasting bread for your morning toast. FYI – Our bread machine recipe helps you to make 1.5 lb or 2 lb white bread loaf versions.

Sliced Bread Machine White Bread (1.5 lb Loaf)

White Bread Machine Recipe

If your kids are not too adventurous (or they just love white bread… the unhealthy little devils!!) then this white bread recipe is perfect for you. It is very easy to make and uses only a limited number of ingredients. In my opinion, our recipe is also nicer than many basic white bread recipes because it uses milk (versus water) and extra butter. However, if any type of white bread is too bland for you, you can always add a little of your family’s favorite seasoning (i.e. Italian seasoning herbs) to this recipe in order to “spice” it up!

Since this white bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 5 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Bread Machine White Bread Recipe (2 lb Loaf)

Bread Machine White Bread

Ingredients – Easy Bread Machine White Bread Recipe (2 lb Loaf Version)

  • 1 1/2 Cups – Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 4 Cups – Bread Flour (not all purpose flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast

Ingredients – Easy Bread Machine White Bread Recipe (1.5 lb Loaf Version)

  • 1 1/8 Cups – Milk (lukewarm) – 1 1/8 cups of milk is equivalent to 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 4 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 3 Cups – Bread Flour (not all purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon – Bread Machine Yeast

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine! Visit our “equipment store” if you are missing anything.

Instructions – White Bread Machine Recipe for 1.5 lb Loaf and 2 lb Loaf Versions

  • For a 2 lb loaf, please use the 2 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. For a 1.5 lb loaf, please use the 1.5 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 1.5 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. Do not confuse the 1.5 lb & 2 lb ingredient amounts and machine settings.
  • Soften the butter in your microwave.
  • Your bread machine should be unplugged. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Put bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the correct settings (for either 1.5 lb or 2 lb loaf version) and press the “start” button.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) as it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread loaf (and 2:53 hours for a 1.5 lb bread loaf) at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

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Tips – White Bread Recipe for Bread Machine

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • Optional – If you want to make this white bread but without the usual bread machine mixing paddle “hole” in the bottom, you should try our White Bread (Instant Yeast) recipe. It uses a bread machine (or electric stand mixer) to make the dough and then the bread is finished in the oven (not in the bread machine).
  • Do not confuse or mix up the 1.5 lb & 2 lb ingredient amounts and machine settings when making this bread machine recipe. Cough, cough… I know because I have done this before!
  • If you have a smaller bread machine, you should try the recipe for 1.5 lb version first. A 2 lb bread loaf can be too big for a small bread machine. If you are uncertain about your bread machine or bread maker “loaf capacity”, please start with the 1.5 lb version.
  • Optional – If this white bread machine recipe is too bland for you, you can add a teaspoon of your family’s favorite herbs or seasonings (i.e. Italian seasoning herbs, onion powder or dried rosemary) in order to add some extra flavor to your bread.
  • The main problem with using regular milk is that people tend to use cold refrigerated milk and this can slow the yeast growth. Try to use warm milk (or instant powdered milk mixed into warm water). However, you should also be aware that the milk/water should not be too hot because very hot milk/water can kill the yeast.
  • If you have run out of milk, you can use water as a substitute. However, while still good, bread made with water will be a little less tasty.
  • Many bakers like to make an indent in the top of the flour in order to hold the bread machine yeast in place (looks sort of like a small flour volcano with a yeast crater). This is done to prevent the yeast from falling into the liquid ingredients (and activating prematurely), coming into contact with the salt, etc. until the bread machine is turned on.
  • Once you have mastered basic bread machine bread recipes (like this white bread), you might like to try some more advanced bread machine bread recipes (i.e. French bread or Italian bread). In these recipes, the bread machine will still do the hard work of kneading the dough but you will have to shape the bread by hand.
  • According to Wikipedia, “White bread typically refers to breads made from wheat flour from which the bran and the germ layers have been removed (and set aside) from the whole wheatberry as part of the flour grinding or milling process, producing a light-colored flour. This milling process can give white flour a longer shelf life by removing the natural oils from the whole grain”.

 

  • If you have a problem with a “basic” bread machine recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct bread machine settings), using the correct amount of an ingredient (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measurement cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. bread machine yeast versus regular yeast or bread flour versus all purpose flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • If you start substituting ingredients (i.e. different types of flour), you are experimenting and should not expect similar results to the recipe shown above. Experimenting can be fun. However, you should expect some successes but more potential disappointments when you start to experiment with recipes. For example, if you substitute whole wheat flour for bread flour, you will probably experience a problem (as whole wheat flour doesn’t rise nearly as well as bread flour). Moreover, whole wheat flour has a totally different flavor.
  • Be aware that some bread recipes may differ slightly between different types of bread machines & bread makers. Therefore, please read your bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions for basic bread recipes (i.e. white bread or whole wheat bread) as these are more likely to work on your individual bread machine.
  • This recipe uses bread machine yeast (instant yeast). It does NOT use “active dry” yeast. Bread machine yeast and instant yeast are not the same as active dry yeast. Bread machine yeast and instant yeast are added directly to the recipe’s ingredients. In contrast, active dry yeast must be activated in water/milk before being added to a recipe’s ingredients. If you try to use active dry yeast for this recipe, it is much less likely to work properly (as the recipe instructions & leavening time is based on the use of bread machine yeast). Examples of yeast that can be used for this recipe include Fleischmann’s Bread Machine Yeast, Fleischmann’s Instant Yeast, Saf Instant Yeast, Red Star Instant Yeast, etc. You should not use active dry yeasts for this recipe such as Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast, Red Star Active Dry Yeast, etc.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine or bread maker in a long time, please buy some new bread machine yeast before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Bread machine yeast is not likely to be viable if it has been sitting in your pantry for years.
  • Bread machine yeast loses its potency over time. Generally, bread machine yeast lasts for only 3-4 months after you have opened the bottle. However, if the yeast is exposed to air & moisture (i.e. the bottle not sealed tight) or exposed to higher temperatures, the yeast will expire even more quickly.
  • Once you have opened the bottle that contains the bread machine yeast, the yeast will last longer if you store the bottle in the refrigerator or freezer. Just make sure the bottle is sealed tight (as yeast will deteriorate quickly if exposed to air, moisture and/or heat).
  • Bread machine yeast in a bottle that has never been opened should last until the bottle’s “Best If Used By” date… but only if the bottle has been stored properly (i.e. in a refrigerator, freezer or in a dark, dry & cool spot in the pantry) and the bottle remains unopened.
  • You can also visit our instructional videos section if you want to watch videos that provide information on common bread machine and bread making problems & solutions.
  • If you want to print out this recipe, please scroll down the page to our recipe widget “box”. You will find a “print recipe” button located right under the product image photo in this box. Click on that button in order to print out the basic recipe instructions.
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine is likely to be very hot when you attempt to remove a baked good from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • Visit Bread Dad’s sections for Bread Machine Recipes and Homemade Bread Recipes for more easy bread ideas.

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Questions – White Bread Machine Recipe

Is white bread better than whole wheat?

While white bread is fluffy & delicious, much of its bran fiber was removed during the milling process. If you want more fiber in your family’s diet, you should consider some of our other bread machine recipes and make your own homemade whole wheat bread, multigrain bread or oatmeal bread. Nevertheless, many people like to use bread maker white bread recipes in order to make sandwich bread and/or toast.

For more information on white bread and the milling process, you should read this Wikipedia article.

Can I use all-purpose flour to make bread machine white bread?

You can use all-purpose flour to make bread machine white bread. However, all-purpose flour doesn’t have as much gluten as bread flour. Gluten helps to trap the carbon dioxide released by the yeast. Therefore, bread flour rises better than all-purpose flour and creates a chewier bread. However, if you are out of bread flour and can’t get to the store, you can use all-purpose flour instead.  A bread maker white bread recipe made with all-purpose flour should be a decent substitute… just not as good as a white bread created with bread flour.

For more on the differences between various types of flour, you should read this Wikipedia article.

Can I use water to make bread machine white bread?

Our easy bread machine white bread recipe uses milk. However, you can use water if you have run out of milk. You should substitute the water for milk on a 1 for 1 basis (i.e. if a recipe uses 1 cup of milk then you should replace it with 1 cup of water). While a bread machine white bread made with water (instead of milk) will generally be pretty good, it will not be as flavorful as a white bread made with fresh milk.

As a backup, some people like to have powdered milk at home for the times when they run out of milk and don’t want to drive to the supermarket for fresh milk. Powdered milk can generally last for a very long time in the pantry before it expires.

Can I use milk to make bread machine white bread? Other recipes use water to make white bread.

Many basic recipes for bread machine white bread use water because water is usually more readily available than milk (i.e. no running to the supermarket because you are out of milk). However, we prefer to use milk in our white bread machine recipe because we think that it improves the flavor of the white bread.

Can I make bread machine white bread with vegetable oil (without butter)?

Yes, you can make this easy bread machine white bread recipe with vegetable oil (instead of butter). Some people like to make “no butter” white breads because they have run out of butter or they are trying to reduce the saturated fat in their diet.

You just need to substitute vegetable oil for the butter in this recipe. They are almost equal substitutes. For example, 1 tablespoon of butter equals 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (depending on the vegetable oil that you use). In addition, when making no butter white bread, you might want to consider using a neutral flavored vegetable oil (i.e. corn or canola oil) versus a stronger flavored vegetable oil. However, while the white bread made with vegetable oil will be okay, it will lack the delicious buttery taste of the recipe above.

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Bread Machine White Bread (Extra Buttery Flavor)

This bread machine white bread recipe produces a delicious and buttery white bread. It is perfect for making homemade sandwich bread. FYI - Our recipe helps you to make 1.5 lb or 2 lb white bread loaf versions. Please visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com) for more great bread recipes.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine white bread, bread machine white bread recipe, bread maker white bread, white bread bread machine, white bread machine recipe, white bread recipe
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

Ingredients for 2 lb White Bread

  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 4 Cups Bread Flour (not all purpose flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Bread Machine Yeast

Ingredients for 1.5 lb White Bread

  • 1 1/8 Cups Milk (lukewarm) - 1 1/8 cups of milk is equivalent to 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 3 Cups Bread Flour (not all purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Bread Machine Yeast

Instructions

  • For a 2 lb loaf, please use the 2 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. For a 1.5 lb loaf, please use the 1.5 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 1.5 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options.
  • Soften the butter in your microwave.
  • Your bread machine should be unplugged. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Put bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the correct settings (for either 1.5 lb or 2 lb loaf version) and press the "start" button.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) as it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread (and 2:53 hours for a 1.5 lb bread loaf) at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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