Basic White Bread Recipe for Bread Machines

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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.

Basic Dairy-Free White Bread Recipe for Bread Machines (with wheat and high altitude tips)

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.

Basic Dairy-Free White Bread Recipe for Bread Machines (with wheat and high altitude tips)

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.

Basic White Bread for Bread Machines
 
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This classic recipe was shared with us by a reader back in 2006. For a refresh, we've given the recipe an edit and added some tips in the post above.
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Serves: 1 (1½-pound) loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water (about 110ºF / 45ºC)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or your sweetener of choice
  • 2¼ teaspoons (.25-ounce package) bread machine yeast
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil or your baking oil of choice
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. 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 If it doesn't foam at all, you may have yeast that is no longer active.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.
  2. Add the oil, flour, and salt to the yeast.
  3. Select the Basic or White Bread setting (for a 1½-pounce loaf) on your bread machine and press Start.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

11 Comments

  1. As a home distiller and conassuer of beers I have to question, or perhaps inform you that everything I have learnt about alcohols state anything over 90 will kill your yeast and make it inactive. 110 degree water seems to completely contradict my 15 years of education on that matter……

    • Hi Art, I believe you are using Brewer’s Yeast, which isn’t the same as live active yeast used in bread baking. Very warm, bordering on hot water (not too hot, but 110º is normal) is typically used in baking yeast-based breads for best success. I’ve been baking boisterous loaves this way for years!

  2. If I am using rapid rising yeast do I still need to put it in the pan and let it foam for 10 minutes? Or can I just use the rapid bake cycle on my bread machine which is meant for rapid rising yeast?

    • The time for letting it foam is just to see if the yeast is still active (that it hasn’t fizzled out or you didn’t get a bad batch), it isn’t really dependent on the type of yeast you use. If you’re confident in your yeast, then you can skip waiting the 10 minutes and jump into the rest of the recipe. In terms of the cycle, that would depend on your bread machine, but that sounds right!

  3. Tried your bread came out really well my grandson is allergic to dairy , egg and nuts.
    And he really liked the bread.
    Thank you

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