Jump to RecipeI have a versatile White Bread recipe, for bread machines, that I want to share with you and in the process share a few tips that I have found helpful in perfecting a excellent loaf or dough from a bread machine.
Do you have a bread machine?
It seems like many people that bought a bread maker, back in the day, when they were new and exciting, were not happy with how their bread turned out, and subsequently never used it, or sold it in a garage sale or left it to collect dust somewhere on a basement shelf. If that person is you, I urge you get that bugger out and try his recipe. I promise you it will be life changing.
White Bread ~recipe for bread machine
Tip #1 Always add wet ingredients in the bread pan first. The reason behind this is to keep the yeast away from liquid ingredients until the kneading begins.
Add 1 cup lukewarm water and egg to pan.
Sugar comes next…..
Add flour, completely covering the wet ingredients.
Tip #2 Always use bread flour. Bread flour has higher protein and gluten content than all-purpose flour. Gluten provides structure and more volume to bread.
Dig yourself a little spot for the yeast.
I read once that placing the yeast in a divot over the mixing paddle helps to incorporate the yeast into the wet ingredients while distributing it evenly through out the dough. Hey, sounds good. And it’s kinda fun to make your yeast a little cave in the flour. (I could not find the source of this tip, so don’t quote me on it. Actually if you could please not quote me on anything, it would be much appreciated!)
Measure three teaspoons of yeast into divot.
Tip #4 Always make sure your yeast is fresh. Check expiration date, DO NOT use expired yeast. Always store yeast in refrigerator.
Add 1 teaspoon salt.
I sprinkle mine around the edges. Do not leave salt out. It is necessary element of bread, it controls the growth of the yeast which aids in the rising of the bread dough.
Now plunk your bread pan down in the machine, and set the proper settings. If you are going to make a loaf of bread out of this use the 2 lb white bread setting on light to medium crust.
We are making Dinner Rolls so we are going to use the dough
mode. I use this setting ninety-five percent of the time. It works fabulously!! It does all the work, and then you can take the dough out and make phenomenal dinner rolls, in all shapes and sizes, or cinnamon rolls, or cinnamon bread. The skies the limit!
TIP# 5 Don’t be afraid to open up the top.
You don’t want to stand there half the time with the top off, because that will mess up the temperature that needs to be maintained for the bread to rise properly. But you do need to make sure everything is mixing properly, if not you may need to give things a little help.
Tip#5 continued See how the ingredients have been shoved to the corner and are not mixing in, stick a spatula along the side and help that flour into the dough.
TIP#6 You may need to add more water. One tablespoon at a time. If the dough looks dry and/or is just flying around on a layer of flour, then by all means add a tablespoon at a time of lukewarm water until your ingredients are mixed completely and have formed a smooth ball of dough.
This is what your ball of dough should look like. Firm and smooth and not too dry or too wet.
I quite often will add 1-2 extra tablespoons of water, but not every time. So it’s best to watch your dough and judge by the looks if you need to add more water or not.
NOW that your dough looks good you can go read your book or do a load of laundry or clean your grout.
This is how finished dough should look.
Dump the contents of bread pan on to a dry, clean, lightly floured surface.
Cut dough in half, then half that , then half that……well you get the idea.
You should come up with 16 pieces of dough. Similar in size.
Tuck each piece into nice round balls, don’t squish or roll, just tuck.
Or pinch. Bring it together at the bottom, making a perfect round ball for your dinner roll.
Place them on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover with a cloth and set in warm place for half hour to rise. Pop them in a 375 degree oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
These little guys pop right up and say, “Howdy”, when you bake them.
I like to take a stick of butter and rub it all over the rolls when they are hot out of the oven. MMmmmgood polka dot period.
Well then of course you need to butter them on the inside too. Actually these rolls are so good, you could leave the butter step out, but why? I will not disclose how many dinner rolls were eaten in the making of this post. It’s a dastardly number.
This dough works great for Parker House rolls too, or if you have ever made The Pioneer Woman’s Rosemary Rolls
, this dough works perfect for them too!
Use your bread machine on the dough setting for easy homemade dinner rolls.
Servings: 16 rolls
1 bread machine
1 baking sheet
- 1 cup luke warm water
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 wholw egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp melted butter for brushing on top of rolls after baking
Important that you follow order of directions for the best results.1. Add lukewarm water, softened butter, and egg to pan.2. Next add sugar to pan.3. Add bread flour to pan and make a well in the middle add yeast to the well.4. Sprinkle salt around the edges of the pan away from the middle where the yeast is.5. Set bread machine on dough setting. 10 minutes into the first kneading process take a peak into the pan, if there are dry ingredients sticking to the corners add a tablespoon or two of extra water and help ingredients out of the corner with a spatula.6. When dough is done separate into 16 pieces, pull pieces into balls with smooth at top, place on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover with light cloth, and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm area of your kitchen. Or if you have a proof setting on your oven use that.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. After proofing time is done, place rolls in oven for 12-15 minutes, remove from oven and brush with butter.
All of the tips that I shared with you in this post can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens Best Bread Machine Recipes.
If you are going to make the most of your bread machine this book in indispensable. It is full of tons of tips and every recipe I have used from this cookbook has turned out perfectly. However, the above recipe is not in this cookbook it was graciously given to me by my sister-n-law….to whom I will ever be indebted to for my ever growing mid-section, due to excessive dinner roll consumption. I’m tellin’ ya you can’t eat just one!
Oh, I hope I have not given you too much information. Using your bread machine should be simple, easy, and should be done often. So if you are sequestering your bread machine away in some dark dank place in your home, do the guy a favor, haul him out and make your family some rolls, Man!
Peace, Love and Dinner Rolls,