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How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker. Delicious moist bread cooked at home in the bread maker machine. The easiest basic bread maker recipe you will ever find, and it will teach you everything you need to know about how to make bread in a bread maker.

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Making Bread In A Bread Maker

We had a bread maker machine many years ago. In the end it was sold and only used about twice. As I recall it was a wedding present when we got married in the beginning of 2003.

It was a great bread machine, it just came along at a time, when we were just not that into making our own bread.

In fact, back then we had that shameful processed foods diet. Most of our food came from Aldis and it would involve every type of frozen breaded chicken and fish that you could think of.

It was then served with frozen chips or even vegetables from a can.

Clearly, we were young then and didn’t know much better!

But in late 2017, we bought another bread maker. This time we knew we would make use of it and that the bread maker would make delicious cheap bread for us and our family.

Not just for a cheap loaf of bread, but also for other things too such as making bread maker pizza dough.

We got our bread maker in the Black Friday Deals. I call this my electric buying time as its when I buy vast amounts of electricals, when they are at their best price.

During the 2017 Black Friday Deals we got our bread maker, a new laptop and new electrical presents for the kids for Christmas.

When we got our bread maker out, we set to work. We read through the instructions and thought to ourselves that the art of how to make bread in a bread maker, must be so much more difficult than this.

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Our 1st ever bread in our new bread maker

Were we missing something? It seems not as our bread was soon out of the bread maker, being sliced and then served with melted butter on top.

Just because warm bread with melted butter on is so amazing!

We have tweaked it a little. In fact, we are here today in 2020 with more info, a better recipe and lots of great tips for using a bread maker.

After all, we have had almost 2.5 years with our bread maker now.

But this tweaked recipe is the BEST when it comes to how to make bread in a bread maker.

So, enjoy and let the freshly homemade bread smell, take over your kitchen the way it has taken over ours.

Do I Need A Bread Maker To Make Bread?

Technically, no.

You can of course make your own bread at home. But let me tell you now it takes a while. With making your own bread without a bread maker you are talking about 3 hours.

The time taken to mix ingredients, to knead, to knead some more, to allow it to prove. And the list goes on and on.

But if you want to make bread on a regular basis then you NEED a bread maker.

They don’t cost the earth and its like owning an instant pot. That’s because just like the instant pot pressure cooker, you literally dump and start.

Dump the ingredients into the bread maker, press the bread button and come back to perfectly cooked homemade bread.

The time to cook a good bread loaf is 1 hour and 48 minutes. But note that it is JUST 3 minutes of prep. Unlike making your own bread where you have a lot of prep time.

If you don’t yet have a bread maker this is the one we recommend you purchase. If you click here you can get the current price and read up on the reviews.

Can You Make Bread With Plain Flour In A Bread Maker?

Absolutely! BUT let me tell you now when you make bread with plain flour in a bread maker, it will NEVER taste as good as making bread with a quality strong bread flour.

A bit like the quality of the taste between organic food and cheap food. You can always taste the difference and you get what you pay for.

I have made bread in the bread maker more times with cheap plain flour than I have with quality flour.

But now what I do is wait until one of the expensive bread flour brands has a sale and bulk buy.

Here is the branded bread flour I use the most:

Allinson bread flour in the bread maker

This was purchased on yellow sticker clearance, meaning that it was reduced in price because the bag was slightly torn.

What Do You Need To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?

Firstly, a good bread maker is essential, and some people like to have a few bread maker accessories to use in their day to day bread making.

Beyond the bread maker, these accessories are not essential, but they make making bread in the bread maker EASIER:

Though out of those 3, if I was going to choose just ONE it would be the bread slicer and storage. We have these in the Milner kitchen, and they cut perfectly sliced homemade bread.

bread maker bread with a bread slicer

Another option that many people like to buy is their own homemade bread mix.

Where everything is mixed for you and you just have your wet ingredients left to load into the bread maker. Here is an example of one.

Ingredients To Make Bread In A Bread Maker

bread maker bread ingredients

Once you have your bread maker setup in place it is all about the ingredients to make bread in a bread maker.

You will be pleased to know that many of these ingredients you will have readily available in your kitchen.

Now you will be surprised to see that there is no milk power and no butter on the ingredients list for our bread maker bread.

Well let me tell you now that our first version of bread maker bread did include these.

But what we have found from making bread in the bread maker is that:

  • Using milk powder is expensive and leaves the bread having a taste that is too milk heavy.
  • Using extra virgin olive oil instead of butter makes it lighter, more moist and OMG the taste is spectacular.

Plus, apart from the yeast, doesn’t everyone carry the rest of the ingredients?

Making it perfect for when you didn’t have time to go grocery shopping and need something to eat last minute.

How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?

Bread Maker Homemade Bread step by step

Making bread in a bread maker is so SIMPLE you could teach your kids to do it. Its so easy all you do is this:

  1. Load the water into your bread maker first.
  2. Add in everything else apart from the yeast.
  3. Add the yeast on top and choose your favourite bread setting.
  4. Come back later when it beeps to heavenly smelling fresh bread.

How To Make Bread Maker Bread More Moist?

The secret to making bread maker bread more moist is to use extra virgin olive oil. It gives the bread an amazing moist texture and the bread doesn’t feel heavy.

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500g Bread Maker Recipe

Normally when we make bread in the bread maker, we will make the standard 2lb loaf. At just short of a kilo this is the perfect size for making for a family of five.

But if you want to make a 500g bread maker recipe, then simply half all of our ingredients.

Follow our bread maker recipe to the letter, just half everything and use the one pound or 500g bread setting on your bread maker.

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How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker

How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker. Delicious moist bread cooked at home in the bread maker machine. The easiest basic bread maker recipe you will ever find, and it will teach you everything you need to know about how to make bread in a bread maker.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 51 minutes
Servings: 4
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Bread Maker Recipe Ingredients:


  • Place 200ml of water into the bottom of your bread maker.
    How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?
  • Place all the other ingredients into the bread maker (apart from the yeast). Then sprinkle the yeast over the top of the ingredients.
    Can The Bread Maker Make Pizza Dough?
  • Place the lid on the bread maker and cook on the desired bread setting.
  • It will then start the process and take approximately 1hr45 to 3 hours to cook depending on the bread setting including kneading the bread for you.
    How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?
  • Place on a cooling rack then a bread board.
    How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?
  • Slice when cooled
    How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?


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We always make a 2lb loaf using the quick bread setting. This takes just 1 hour 48 minutes. However, if we used the soft bread it would take almost 3 hours.
We normally use semi skimmed milk. But you could also use skimmed milk or whole milk. Just use what you have in your fridge.


Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 6mg
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Bread Maker Cost Per Loaf?

I thought it would fun to compare notes and to see just how cheap our bread maker bread is, compared to buying shop bought bread.

Firstly, the price of a large loaf of bread is about 1,99€ a loaf. Or this is discounted down to half price (or slightly less) if they have a deal on it. This bread is on pink sticker. This means it is close to its sell by date and must be used very soon.

This is about the same size of one of our loaves that we have just made. So, for an equal price compare we need to be making our bread for a lot less than the usual price of 1,99€ for it to be worth our while.

How To Make Bread In A Bread Maker Ingredients Cost Per Loaf:

  • Plain Flour = 0,18€
  • Sugar = 0,05€
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil = 0,13€
  • Milk = 0,02€
  • Salt = 0,005
  • Yeast = 0,07€
  • Total Cost Per Bread Loaf = 0,45€/$0.52
  • Total Cost Per Serving = 0,11€/$0.13

Or if you use a premium quality flour such as Allinsons, then the price goes up to 99 cent a loaf. But if you compare the 99 cent a loaf to a premium braqnd of bread you are still better off.

Wow. I mean how can something so delicious that tastes so luxurious just cost 11 cents per person. Then if you compare it to the 1,99 cent price that we are currently buying a same sized bread loaf, this is a great saving and makes you realise just how big the mark up is on supermarket bread.

How to make bread in a bread maker shop bought bread prices

I should also mention that the bread I photographed at the supermarket was the cheap as chips variety, so imagine how much you would have paid for the branded bread.

If you haven’t done so yet, then you seriously need to be following our how to make bread in a bread maker recipe, just to see how cheap and amazing it really is!

Plus, remember how good homemade bread tastes compared to shop bought!

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  1. From UK my breadmaker takes 2hr 53 mins to bake 1.1/2lb loaf how come yours is so short a time, also it asks for semi skimmed powdered milk, if I leave it out what happens. I don’t want to wastemoney n ingredients for a loaf that doesn’t turn out right

    1. Hi Arlene,

      Ours was on a quick option on the breadmaker where it would cook the loaf and it would have a crusty top because of the high heat. The normal setting was for 3 hours but we preferred the bread on the quick option. We subbed the milk powder for the milk but the milk powder works fine 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I used gluten free flour and added the yeast as per the recipe but the bread rise very much.

    I am not sure why.



    1. Hi Eryka,

      We did not try this recipe using Gluten free flour, so we cannot say why your bread id not rise much, i am thinking it has something to do with the type of gluten free flour you used but i could be wrong 🙂

    1. Hi Sandy,

      I have never tried but with the yeast using the sugar as a food to help create a reaction that makes the bread rise i am not sure it would work 🙂

  3. Your calculation regarding the relative cost vs buying a loaf of bread does not include the energy usage costs of the breadmaker.

  4. I’ll try this recipe. I’ve been making whole wheat bread in my maker for many years. Can I substitute whole wheat flour?