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White Bread – Bread Machine Method

White Bread - Bread Machine Method
Learn how to make homemade white yeast bread using the bread machine method. Watch step-by-step video tutorial below.
Yield 1 loaf



  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or shortening (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast


  • Measure milk in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave on High for 1 minute (milk should be 80°F); pour into canister. Add sugar, butter and salt.  Add flour, then yeast. 
  • Place canister in machine. Select white bread “traditional” cycle (about 3 ½ to 4 hours) and medium crust. Turn the machine on – or press the button on.  
  • Take bread out of pan at end of cycle. Cool on rack.


A 1 1/2-lb. bread machine is ideal for this recipe.

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Review & Comments

jean romano | Reply

how many tsps. of yeast in small packet of instant yeast ?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Jean – There are approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons in the 0.25-ounce (7g) packets.
Happy baking!

Lisa | Reply

Can I use active dry yeast instead of quick ?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Lisa – Yes, use 2 1/4 teaspoons (one 1/4-ounce/7g packet) of active dry yeast. More bread machine tips can be found here.
Happy baking!

Pam | Reply

4 stars
Made this in my bread.machine today. Although the directions doesn’t say if it is a 1, 1.5 or 2 lbs loaf size, I guessed worst case scenario that it was 2 lbs to set the machine. Rose too high – slightly stuck to the machine lid and collapsed while baking, but I loved the texture and flavor. Super tender, just like a store bought sliced sandwich bread. I will try this again and see if I can keep it from collapsing, as I have been wanting a super soft white bread recipe.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Pam – A 1 1/2-lb. loaf size machine is typically used for 3 cups of flour recipes. I’m sorry to hear that your loaf rose too high and collapsed, but I’m glad you still enjoyed the homemade bread! We’d be happy to help troubleshoot, contact us here.

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