White Bread in Bread Machine

White bread in bread machine recipes can vary quite a bit, but this one is a winner. The best solution is having the perfect list of ingredients, the balanced quantities of each, and knowing which are optional. The rest is how you store your bread for future usage. This is part of our Bakery Recipes Category.

This white bread recipe for bread machine with milk will demonstrate how to create a loaf of white bread using milk, as several of its ingredients options.
Finished Baked Bread in Bread Machine Recipe

Overview of White Bread in Bread Machine

This is how to make white bread in a bread machine. Bread machines have become an increasingly popular choice for baking bread since they don’t require a lot of ingredients or mixing time.   This article is about how to make your own white bread using a bread machine. And, it’s also how to have a number of ingredient optional changes for having a variety.

This method of making white bread in multiple ways is quick and easy, with no kneading required.

White Bread in Bread Machine for Sandwiches 2
White Bread in Bread Machine for Sandwiches

Ingredients for White Bread in Bread Maker

When deciding the ingredients for white bread in bread maker, there are quite a few options. Each ingredient has its own unique purpose and impact. Another benefit of having the multiple options of ingredients in this recipe is that, if you’re out of something, you can sometimes use another ingredient. Another reason is that different options changes the recipe a little bit. Adding an optional ingredient might make the bread more dense, softer, sweeter, or preserved longer.

Also, if you’re looking for some of the additional, specialty ingredients, you’ll see them shown. Don’t worry, these are options. Examples are the use of vital wheat gluten or lecithin.

How to Make White Bread in Bread Maker

All Ingredients Added to Bread Machine
All Ingredients Added to Bread Machine
Finished Baked Bread in Bread Machine
Finished Baked Bread in Bread Machine
Homemade Bread in Slicer Box 2
Homemade Bread in Slicer Box

As with most breads, making white bread in a bread machine is very easy. You will need to follow the instructions on the package for your specific bread maker but, most modern day bread machines follow similar principles such as adding all wet ingredients first, add dry ingredients next, and conclude with a crater of yeast. You then choose the code to make a loaf of bread and press the Start button. In the old days, they would only manage making the dough. Fortunately, over the decades, the inclusion of baking the bread loaf has become a standard feature in all competitive brands of bread machines.

White Bread Recipe for Zojirushi Notes

There are some who say to take the bread out of the Zojirushi bread machine about 5-10 minutes before it’s done. I’ve tried that at times and sometimes it does seem to improve its duration of softness. However, there have also been times to where the top wasn’t brown enough so I just left it. Overall, I make no recommendations on this topic as there are several options that might be changed regarding its ingredients that can have multiple impacts on outcome. So, I generally leave it for the bread maker and its default times.

Aligning both Zojirushi Paddles

Paddles Aligned

Paddles Aligned

If you have the double paddles, it is important to ensure they’re aligned in the same direction at the start. They can point in any direction as long as they point the same. So, I will remove the basket, align the paddles, and won’t tap them while adding ingredients. That way, I can be reasonably assured of their alignment remaining in place when reinserting the basket after all the ingredients have been added.

After the Bread is Baked

Slicing Bread After 30 Minutes Cooling Period

Slicing Bread 2

I will remove the loaf container immediately when the entire cycle has completed and the bread has been baked. I will then carefully dump the loaf from the container for cooling. After about 30 minutes of cooling (and it’s still very warm), I’ll slice it and enclose it in its thick bread bag.

Regarding slicing, some people will choose to only slice the bread when needed.  This aids in keeping the slices more fresh and soft.

Also, some have been known to wait until the bread is fully cooled down to room temperature (about 1-2 hours) before slicing to aid in reducing excess moisture in the bread bag, which also reducing the chance of molding.  In South Carolina, I have not experienced any molding issues that happen before the bread loses its acceptable softness.  Your location, altitude, humidity, and time of year may offer different experiences.

When the bread gets to lose its softness after several days, it’s still great as toast or for usage on grilled sandwiches such as these:

Nutritional Values of Homemade White Bread in Bread Maker

There are about 133 calories per slice of this homemade white bread with milk. More detailed nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option. See FatSecret.com’s nutritional details overall of homemade or bakery white bread.


In conclusion, with these ingredients and their shown options, you can make your own white bread in a bread machine. Try out the different options to find the one that you like the best. My preferred options are mentioned in the recipe so, your have a good starting point for a great default white bread recipe.

Now, enjoy a fresh, homemade loaf of white bread that you made yourself. Finally, you can control what goes in your bread.

Finished Baked Bread in Bread Machine Recipe

White Bread Recipe for Bread Machine with Milk

This white bread recipe for bread machine with milk will demonstrate how to create a loaf of white bread using milk, as several of its ingredients options.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bread Maker Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 133kcal


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  • cups milk Lukewarm (preferred 2%, or water + 4 tbsp milk powder)
  • 1 large egg, beaten optional but, is highly recommended
  • Tbsp olive oil or other vegetable oil, or butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar or more honey
  • 2 Tbsp honey or ½ of this amount as more sugar
  • 3 Tbsp vital wheat gluten optional (for more fluffiness)
  • 3 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp active, dry yeast or instant yeast


  • In the bread maker, add in the ingredients, in order, as shown. Wet ingredients go in first. Yeast goes in last and should be in a central crater made in the flour.
    Adding Yeast in a Crater for White Bread in Bread Machine
  • Use the "basic" bread setting (not quick bread) of your bread maker and press button to Start. For Zojirushi brands, it is course number 1 and takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes for processing and baking total time.
    Start Bread Machine for White Bread
  • After all processes have completed and it's baked, safely remove the loaf from its container and let it set for about 30 minutes for cooling.
    Bread Loaf on Cooling Rack
  • After cooling period, note that the crust will be softer. The bread will still be very warm but you can slice it at this time. Then, serve or store it in a heavy (thick) bakery food bag.
    Slicing Bread Medium


  • There are many options shown in the ingredients which give you extreme flexibilities and different recipes, in a sense.  Find your preferred way.
  • My primary, preferred way uses 2% milk, egg, olive oil, and sugar. The nutritional values reflect using those ingredient choices and no other options.
  • If using water, you can use lukewarm tap water.  If using milk, you can microwave it for 45 seconds to become lukewarm.
  • If using water and milk powder, they should be mixed together before adding.
  • I have made this using 2% milk, whole milk, and almond milk (unflavored and unsweetened) with successful results.  Using skim would work well also, as it is approaching near the water only option.
  • You can use less than the suggested amount of milk powder.  It just represents a more full flavor and approaching some nutritional values of whole milk.
  • The egg is optional.
  • The Vital Wheat Gluten is for adding more fluffiness.  It is optional.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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SOURCE: DarnGoodRecipes.com™

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