It’s a myth that bread machine recipes require milk powder. You can use a dairy-free milk powder or substitute dairy-free milk beverage for the milk powder and water in the recipe. Or just start with this basic white bread recipe for bread machines. It contains just 6 ingredients, and it’s naturally free of dairy.
Tips: Basic White Bread Recipe for Bread Machines
This basic white bread uses bread flour, which has more gluten than regular all-purpose flour. It helps to give the bread a better texture as it rises and bakes. In a pinch, you can use all-purpose flour. The bread just won’t be as tender. If you would like to sneak in some whole grains, you can swap 1 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour or enjoy this recipe. Use ivory wheat flour if you don’t want the color to be affected too much. If you opt to use a higher ratio of wheat flour, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of gluten.
Bread machine recipes can be tricky at higher altitude. As a general rule, I reduce the yeast to 1 1/2 teaspoons above 4,000 feet when making a bread machine loaf.
Thanks to Donna for sharing helpful feedback with us via Facebook:
I’ve made this recipe twice in our 1lb bread maker – first time with just white all purpose flour (all we had!) and the second with half strong white flour and half strong wheat flour and it was fabulous. Thanks for having such a great resource for people with dairy allergies!
Special Diet Notes: Basic White Bread for Bread Machines
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- Put the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of your bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. If it doesn't foam at all, you may have yeast that is no longer active. Get fresh yeast and start again.
- Add the oil, flour, and salt to the yeast.
- Select the Basic or White Bread setting (for a 1½-pounce loaf) on your bread machine and press Start.