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Basic White Bread
Homemade white bread made in a bread machine. Perfect for sandwiches!
Yield: 1 loaf
Small Loaf (1-lb machine)
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1½ tsp Red Star Active Dry Yeast
Medium Loaf (1½-lb machine)
  • ¾ cup, plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1 package (7 g, 2¼ tsp) Red Star Active Dry Yeast
Bread Machine Method
  1. Have liquid ingredients at 80º F and all others at room temperature. Place into the pan in the order listed. Select a basic cycle and medium/normal crust. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. Remove bread when cycle is finished; cool. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant Yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.

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  1. Can I substitute instant quick rise yeast?

  2. Hello,
    Will all purpose bread flour be ok for basic white bread ?

    I use a bread machine.

    Also, can oil be substituted for butter?

    Take care…Mary Ann

    • Hi Mary Ann –
      Bread flour is preferred for most yeast breads. However, in a pinch you can use all-purpose flour. If you have vital wheat gluten, add 1 tsp per cup of flour. If not, you may not get as big a volume. Absorption is different with AP flour, so you may need to add more – just keep an eye on the dough as it is mixing, adding 1 tsp at a time until you get a soft dough (not too wet or sticky).
      Substitute 3/4 teaspoon oil for each 1 teaspoon butter.
      Happy baking!

  3. I have a 2lb bead machine and want to know if I can double the 1lb recipe? Also, what size bread pan should I use if I bake it in the oven after hand shaping?

    • Hi Nova,
      Yes, you can double the recipe. Use a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F, check after 30-35 minutes. Internal temperature should be 200 degrees.
      Happy baking!

  4. Would the new Platinum Instant Sourdough yeast and sourdough culture rise fast enough to work with this recipe in a bread machine?

    • Hi James,
      Yes, use the ‘medium loaf’ recipe, and add the entire packet of the Platinum Instant Sourdough. Let us know if you make it.
      Happy baking!

  5. I don’t keep powdered milk on hand. And I don’t want to use liquid milk with a timer bread recipe. Is there another substitution for powdered milk?

    • Hi Jill,
      Some people have had success with using a powdered coffee creamer in place of dry milk.
      If you don’t have that on hand either, and do not want to use liquid milk, just leave it out. If the dough seems too dry after a few minutes of mixing, add in 1 tablespoon of water. If it seems too wet, add in 1 tablespoon of flour.
      Happy baking!

  6. Can I make the dough in the bread machine, then bake it in an oven? I just like to shape my breads. Also, I have a bread pan I like to use from time to time.

  7. I have a question. Most bread machine recipes call for powdered milk. This is not something I keep around and when I priced it at the supermarket, it was quite expensive! Can anything be substituted for this? Could I just leave it out?

    • Hi Sandra,
      You can try substituting half of the liquids (usually water) with milk. For example, this recipe calls for 2/3 cup water. If you’re taking out the dry milk powder, use 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup milk. Make sure the liquid temperatures are at 80 degrees when using a bread machine.

      Happy baking!

    • Powdered milk can be expensive, but I keep it on hand as it lasts awhile and is my favorite home remedy for sunburn! A milk bath takes the sting out in minutes and no peeling.

  8. Was Great and I Used Platinum

    My husband even commented how good the bread was! I used Platinum Yeast and all bread flour. (normally I substitute some other flour – about 1 cup’s worth)

  9. I baked these breads today… 🙂 It’s the first time ever I baked breads… I was too scared how would it turn out to be. But thanks to your video and information. It has come come too good….. Wish I could post Image too…. I will be making burger, since I had used 5 inch mini loaf trays….. Thank you so much… RED STAR….. I will surely try other recipes confidently now…

  10. Your yeast is the best i have a used and trust it. The price is very good in today’s economy. Thanks!

  11. I grind my own grain and use a bread machine. I used 2 kinds of flours [4 cups of hard white wheat and a smaller part 1/2 cup of buckwheat] and for the first time the Platinum Superior Baking Yeast packets came into our only store. My bread was the best ever–for the first time, I might add.

  12. Red Star yeast – The perfect yeast for any type of baking. I use mine in the bread machine, but it worked great by hand too…Keep up the good work. in todays economy, it is wonderful to find a great product and an amazing price. Thanks

  13. I have been cooking and baking over thirty years I have tried your Red star yeast,through word of mouth,and I am very,very impressed. No matter if I use my bread maker or my hands,it is always perfect,your recipes ar the BOMB!!! Please keep me informed.. TROY J.

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