This lovely breadmaker bread was the very first recipe I ever made in my breadmaker. It is truly a Basic White Bread–nothing fancy and no frills, but still very tasty nonetheless, and wonderful hot out of the breadmaker! Making bread in the breadmaker is just so E-A-S-Y, too! You toss in the ingredients, set the bread setting, push the button, and voila! in a few hours your have a tasty loaf of hot bread ready to devour.
I remember when I first got my breadmaker–I was very timid about trying it out (as I am with all new-fangled things!). But after purchasing the ingredients I finally decided to give Black and Decker’s basic recipe and my new breadmaker a try. I’m so glad I did. This recipe has gotten a lot of use over the years. I have served it for company more times than I can count because I could always count on this recipe turning out well. It always raised properly, never fell, was not too dense or heavy, had a nice rounded top, and had that delightful homemade bread taste.
I love to send a loaf of homemade bread with a home-cooked meal I’m preparing for others. This one has been on the menu a whole lot of times because it’s dependable and turns out with a great texture, it’s so quick and easy, and because it’s really economical. Most people are so impressed when you give a loaf of homemade bread to them–even if it is just made in the breadmaker. I made this one a couple of weeks ago for our new neighbors across the street to go along with Jamie Deen’s recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs in Pepperoni Sauce. I cut the loaf down and sent most of it to our neighbors but saved out a few choice slices for me! You can see them in the pictures for that recipe.
If you’re looking for a simple, basic recipe for white bread this recipe is top-notch! We’ve always had great success with this recipe. Basic White Bread makes up about 24-25 half slices as this recipe provides the ingredients for a 2-lb. breadmaker. If you want simplicity–this recipe is it in a nutshell! Don’t forget, never use all purpose flour when baking breads, they never have enough gluten so they get crumbly very easily. Always use bread flour and/or whole wheat/spelt/rye or other grains if you want to ensure a great finished product.
Basic White Bread is a delightful dinner bread especially slathered with butter.
The texture of this bread always turns out perfectly.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the bread.
I love eating homemade bread with honey, jams or other preserves.
We love serving this bread hot out of the oven. Real sweet cream butter makes it so tasty.
Basic White Bread is very simple and easy to put together.
Basic White Bread has only 7 ingredients so it is very quick to prepare.
I have served this tasty bread for dinner guests more times than I can count because it’s always been a dependable bread recipe that turns out well every time I make it.
Here’s what I did.
Measure hot water and place in bread canister.
Add powdered milk.
Add shortening. (You can use oil if you prefer to stay away from hydrogenated oils).
Add salt. I use kosher salt.
Add bread flour NOT all-purpose flour.
Add bread machine yeast.
Place on regular bread setting in your breadmaker and bake. Mine takes 3 hours 50 minutes.
Allow bread to cool about 10-15 minutes before removing bread canister. Butter tops and sides of bread with butter so crusts don’t harden. Allow bread to cool another 15 minutes before cutting in half, and then slicing down in slices.
An electric knife makes quick work of the slicing process and you don’t hack the bread all up which will happen if you use a serrated knife on hot bread.
We love this Basic White Bread recipe. I’ve had many bread flops in the past, but this recipe has never been one of them!
To serve: Serve bread with butter or plain. You can also top with your favorite jams, preserves, apple butter, or honey! Yum.
The texture of this bread comes out nicely every time.
This bread rises exceptionally well — it usually provides between 22-25 half slices like you see in the above picture.
Your guests will love having homemade bread on the menu!
I served my bread along with Jamie Deen’s Spaghetti and Meatballs with Pepperoni Sauce, but obviously this bread can be served nicely with any main dish entree.
I also serve this bread for breakfast! This is great toasted with fried eggs placed on top!
Here’s the recipe.
BASIC WHITE BREAD
(Recipe adapted from Black and Decker Breadmaker cookbook)
1 ½ cups hot water
2 tbsp. powdered milk
2 tbsp. shortening
1 tbsp. sugar
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
4 ¼ cups bread flour
1 ¼ tsp. bread-maker yeast
Measure ingredients in the order listed into breadmaker baking pan. This recipe is for a basic bread setting and cooks for 3 hours and 50 minutes in my breadmaker. You must have a 2-lb. size breadmaker to make this bread. Allow bread to cool about 15 minutes before removing from breadmaker. Butter top and sides of bread to prevent crusts from hardening. Wait 15 more minutes before slicing bread down with an electric knife (if you have one). About 25 half-slices.
All of our guests have raved over this tasty bread recipe whenever we’ve served it to them.
This is also great by adding butter, garlic salt and parsley and broiling or toasting slightly.
Basic White Bread is so quick and easy to make. You can have this ready for the breadmaker in about 5 minutes time!
Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of the bread.
If you serve this for company you will see slice after slice vanish in very short order!
Go ahead and taste a bite!
We love this simple Basic White Bread recipe and hope you will too.