So you got a bread machine and you’re ready to make bread. Great!
In this post we list the basic ingredients you’ll need to make bread with a bread machine.
Keep these ingredients stocked in your pantry and you’ll be able to make a loaf whenever you want!
1. Flour. Bread flour, all-purpose flour, and whole-wheat flour are the main flours you’ll mostly be using with your bread machine. Bread flour is what you’ll use for most yeast breads. All-purpose flour is what you’ll use for non-yeast breads and cakes. That said, some recipes will call for a combination of both bread flour and all-purpose flour. But if you must only keep one of these flours on hand to use with bread machines it would be bread flour (read about the differences between bread flour and all-purpose flour here). And of course, whole-wheat flour is for baking whole-wheat bread.
2. Fresh or dry milk. When you use the delay feature on your bread machine, which allows you to set the bread machine to start many hours later, make sure you use dry milk instead of fresh milk because fresh milk will spoil when left out too long.
3. Fresh or powdered eggs. You won’t be needing eggs for all breads, but for some it will add a touch of flavor, richness, and color to your loaf. Again, fresh eggs should never be used with the delay timer. Instead use powdered eggs.
4. Fats. Butter, olive oil, and vegetable oil are the commonly used fats in bread baking. Fats are responsible for adding texture, taste, and moisture to the bread.
5. Salt. You’ll need to add salt for yeast breads. Salt controls the yeast and helps the dough rise, while also boosting the flavor of the bread.
6. Sugar. White or brown sugar are the most common sugars called for in bread machine recipes. But some people may choose to experiment with maple syrup, molasses, and other sweeteners as well.
7. Yeast. Active dry, instant, or rapid-rise yeasts are the three kinds of yeasts used when baking with a bread machine. The rapid-rise yeast, as the name suggests, is intended for “rapid” cycles which bakes bread in a shorter amount of time. Most bread machine recipes call for active dry yeast.
8. Dried fruit, seeds, and nuts (optional). These optional ingredients will give your bread a boost of flavor, nutrition, and texture.
To wrap up, here is a bread machine recipe for a basic white bread using some of the ingredients listed above:
Basic White Bread Recipe
Add these ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed, making sure the yeast doesn’t touch the liquid. Use the “Basic” or “Regular” setting on your bread machine.
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-1/2 tablespoons dry milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast