Basic White Loaf in the Bread Machine Recipe

We do love our bread in the Hey Mom house and one of our most made recipes is a very basic white loaf recipe. It’s so simple to throw the ingredients into the bread machine the night before, set the timer for it to cook, and be ready for the alarm clock going off so that the family can have fresh bread and their favourite spread to head to work and school. I just had to share it with you, so here it is our favourite white bread recipe for the bread maker.

pinnable image for a basic white loaf in the bread machine

Making Bread in the Bread Machine

Through lots of trail and error and 3 different bread machines over the years we have some practice with them.

yeast on top of flour in a bread machine pan

One of the most important things is that your salt should never touch yeast. To ensure that I always add the salt and sugar into the liquid and then add the flour on the top.

loaf of white bread cooked in the bread machine ready to cut on a wooden chopping board

Just getting started with bread making or things going slightly wrong? Check out our Top Tips for using your Bread Machine there are some great ideas to help.

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This can be against some of the other recipes that may call for a well in the flour to add the sugar, salt and yeast. But, as we tend to use the timer function and start it in the early hours of the morning there is a chance that the yeast and salt can touch.

sliced white loaf made in the bread machine on a wooden chopping board with a colourful knife be side

By putting the sugar and salt into the liquid you solve that problem and end up with a perfect white loaf of bread in the morning.

Looking for more easy bread recipes check out our favourites here!

Yield: 1 loaf

Basic White Bread in the Bread Machine

a loaf of white bread made in the bread machine on a wooden board with a green chequered tea towel behind

An easy bread recipe for the bread machine for a basic white loaf that can be put together the night before and cooked using the timer function.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 seconds
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes 20 seconds


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups strong white bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet yeast


  1. Add the water and oil to the bread machine pan.bread pan with 2 blades showing in the correct position to work
  2. Then add the sugar and the salt.
  3. Top with flour.
  4. Sprinkle the packet yeast over the top.yeast on top of flour in a bread machine pan
  5. Set the machine to white bread setting and set the timer according to the instructions.
  6. When the cooking cycle is finished, remove the pan from the machine and place it on a wire cooling rack. When the pan is cool enough to touch, remove the loaf from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a rack before cutting and serving.loaf of white bread cooked in the bread machine ready to cut on a wooden chopping board


The timing for the cooking may vary depending on your loaf settings.

To set the timer please follow your bread machine instructions, each machine is different in how they operate.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

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