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Basic White Bread
This recipe makes 1 loaf
Small Loaf

  • ⅔ cup Water
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • 3 TBSP Non-fat Dry Milk Powder
  • 1+1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Medium Loaf

  • 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
  • 2 tsp 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.

  2. *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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

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  6. 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.

  7. 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

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