Best Basic Bread Machine Recipes

With the price of a daily loaf of bread rising higher than the dough in the oven, the bread making machine has become an important home appliance in many kitchens across the world. To get that perfect loaf of bread you will need to add a variety of ingredients into the pan (often positioned at the bottom). The solid ingredients go on top, which means you will need to add the liquid in first on the bottom.

This order is an important part of bread making because the yeast will react with the water, so it’s imperative to keep these two elements apart until you are ready to go. It often takes around three hours for one loaf to be made and the ingredients are mashed into dough by a series of moving paddles. Next, the bread making machine will reach an ideal temperature that makes it ready for the baking. Do remember that because bread making machines do not add preservatives like the big manufacturers do, your bread will only last a few days before its shelf life expires.

The most popular and best bread machine recipes are standard dinner rolls made from country white bread. These rolls make an ideal lunch bun when you add a slice of ham or an egg mayonnaise mix in. But the best bread machine recipes are the ones which serve a wide variety of purposes. Home made burger rolls and buns are ideal to use fore barbeques or a kid’s lunchtime snack and basic French bread is also very easy to make.

If you are looking for something like the best bread machine recipe with a more Mediterranean touch then try the pizza bread recipes but most Europeans will agree that the French bread recipe is the best bread machine recipe for taste, simplicity and quickness when baking in your bread making machine.

Making French bread requires water, flour, salt and dry yeast. Pour the water in first (about one and a half cups) then add two cups of flour and a tea spoon full of salt, then pour on another half a cup of flour before putting the dry yeast (about two and a half tea spoons full) on top. Use the normal or rapid speed cycle on your bread making machine and cook for 3 hours and 5 minutes for the best bread machine recipe you will ever taste.


Bread Making Tools

best bread making tools

Whether you use a bread machine or not, it is good to be equipped with the best bread making tools to help you along with the job. We live in a world of hi tech kitchens, and therefore are able to get excellent tools and appliances that years ago would’ve seemed outlandish. If you’re a master chef they can help to make your life a lot easier, and if you’re a beginner baker then they will turn you into a pro in no time. We have listed some of the best bread making tools here for all eventualities in the baking process.

Electronic Scales

Baking requires quite a lot of precision, and using a Jamie Oliver style method of just bunging everything in probably wont yield the best results. Recipes will usually be really quite detailed, and ratios are key for a high quality loaf, and when you start increasing or decreasing sizes for either your bread machine or just to suit your needs, you’ll be glad to have electronic scales as your sidekick.

Baking or Pizza Stone

Sometimes called a pizza stone, this is designed to turn your standard home oven into a hearth style oven, perfect for baking all sorts of different things, such as pizza of course, but it is exceptionally good for bread too and if you’re not using a machine, or are just using a machine to make your dough, you can use a stone for making a mean ciabatta, pita breads or just about any other loaf.

A “Bench Scraper”

These are designed to be able to chop without damaging your counters, and though they’re hardly going to cut through tough meat they are absolutely awesome for cutting up dough or even other ingredients you may wish to include in your bread.

Danish Dough Whisk

I wouldn’t call this an essential tool, but a very useful one there’s no denying. Designed to help with the making of artisan breads, the danish dough whisk turns kneading and mixing a completely different ball game, very helpful for the budding baker.

A Good Bread Cookbook!

This is the most important of all bread making tools, and one you might well overlook, without a good cookbook you’re going to struggle with recipes and definitely struggle with finding variations and different types of breads to try out with your family and guests, a lot of the tools mentioned are designed for making your life easier, but a cookbook is utterly exceptional for the beginner breadmaker.

Best Low Carb Bread Machine Recipes

Low Carb diets are extremely popular in this day and age, whether you’re trying to shake off a few pounds or it is doctor advised. Traditionally, bread is very high in carbohydrates and quite starchy, which makes it pretty bad for a diet of this nature, fortunately you don’t have to use your bread machine to make a carb-packed loaf, you can suit your eating habits with the best low carb bread machine recipes as discussed in this article.

2 lb low carb bread recipe

This has been designed for those of us making larger loaves (2 lb) but can be adapted to the smaller settings on your bread machine too.


1 cup water
2 medium sized eggs
2 tablespoons margarine
4 tablespoons of sweetener (not sugar, this will not help low carb diets!)
1/2 cup ground Flax seeds
1.5 Cups gluten wheat flour (Bran and Starch removed)
2 tablespoons dried yeast
salt to taste

Preparation Instructions:

Depending largely on your bread machine, simply choose the most suitable setting, combine the ingredients and hit go! If you have one of the better bread makers this will be a really simple process. If you have a crust setting I’d suggest putting it on light for the best taste, though this is of course down to preference. Cooking outside of a bread machine? Add the ingredients in the following order; Water – Eggs – Marge – Sweetener – Flax Seeds – Vital Wheat Gluten and don’t forget to make a well for your yeast before adding it.

A Little Variation?

As with a lot of breads there is a lot you can do to add variation, try adding some granary seeds for an interesting flavor and texture or go more adventurous with some jalapenos for a bit of spice.

Recommended Bread Machine

The make of Bread machine I recommend for this particular type of bread is the Zojirushi, they’re so versatile and have a couple of settings that will bake this bread perfectly, plus a lot of their models have those really clever “fruit and nut compartments” so you can add interesting extras to your bread.

Benefits of this Recipe?

Well it wont send your blood sugars through the roof for one, which is good not only for diabetics or people with other ailments but for everyone. Many people have also had great success with low carb diets so this can be a way to aid your weight loss without having to give up the bread we all crave!

The Best Gluten Free Bread Machine

Gluten restricted diets shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy beautiful bread straight out of the bread machine, and fortunately bread maker manufacturers have tagged on to this and made machines either specifically for, or with a capacity for, gluten free bread. We’re going to talk about the best gluten free bread machine models here.

What to consider when buying?


The process of mixing a gluten free bread will be very different, and more difficult than a bread containing gluten, which will be far more elastic and easy to mix, and can be handled with a single paddle. Sometimes a single paddle will be enough for your recipe and depending on the build quality it might be designed with gluten free in mind, but in general the double paddled models of Bread makers will do a thorough job in the mixing process and provide the best loaf.

Custom Cycles Help

Lots of bread machines now come with the ability to customize the cycles, and as your bread recipes will vary from loaf to loaf you may well be looking for more control, as well as knowing the differences in the texture, consistency and cooking time in your recipes. A custom cycle will be immensely helpful when picking your bread machine.

Single Rise

Other, gluten-containing breads will rise a few times in the process, but the bread we’re going to be making only needs to rise once. This means that a Gluten cycle on the machine will account for this in terms of the time needed, and so should you if you are creating custom cycles or baking your own bread recipes.

Makes and Models

Cuisinart CBK-100

This Cuisinart model is exceptional for the price and although only single paddle, it is a quality maker for those looking to bake bread with no gluten. Their gluten mode is one of the key features and selling points of this appliance, their product description reads; “One in approximately 100 people has an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Since gluten is found in most flours used in traditional bread making, the ingredients to create gluten free breads are unique. While they are “yeast breads”, the doughs are generally wet and have a batter-like consistency. It is also important not over-mix or over-knead gluten free doughs. There is only one rise, and due to the high moisture content, baking time is increased. Mix-ins must be added at the very beginning of the cycle with other basic ingredients.” Which shows you how excellently this machine caters for those of us with sensitivities or allergies.

Zojirushi BBCCX20

The other model I recommend quite strongly is the Zojirushi BBCCX20 – a brilliant, deluxe bread machine with loads of great features, this also has a great gluten free mode and caters for your needs as an allergy sufferer excellently. The advantage this has over the model already mentioned is that the machine has two paddles which will greatly improve the mixing process that single paddles can often struggle with.

Check out my recommended gluten free bread recipes here.

Bread Machine Rye Bread

Rye bread is eaten all around the world, popular in America and in much of Europe. It is really healthy and looks like a superfood compared to some other types of bread, plus it is tasty with its strong flavor and rich body. There are many different percentages of flour and rye that can be used in the recipe and the fact that this foodstuff has spread and evolved all around the world means that there are loads of variations out there caused by the dish evolving in different ways, but I am here to try and bring you the best bread machine rye bread recipe that will make sure you can get beautiful fresh Rye bread straight from your model of bread maker.

The ingredients I use are as follows:

1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1.5 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 cups rye flour
1 cup bread flour
1-1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

Now in order to make you may have to follow the specifics of your bread maker, following the instructions in your manual or for a specific rye setting if you have one!

The recipe has been laid out for you above in the order in which the ingredients should go in. Usually you will simply need to give it a quick stir to avoid the ingredients congealing and making sure the machine doesn’t miss anything and then setting its cycle and going for a cup of tea or taking a break!

When you return at the end of the cycle the bread will be ready and hopefully made to your preferences. If you have a crust setting I would suggest that you go for a softer, lighter crust with a bread that will already be a little less smooth than other types anyway. Once finished, leave to cool on a rack or leave on a ‘keep warm’ bread machine setting before serving warm for the most delicious rye bread.

Serving suggestions:

  • Warm with butter spread on top
  • Rye Bread sandwiches
  • Rye Bread toasted with sun dried tomatoes and other toppings such as goats cheese and drizzled with olive oil.
  • In stuffing, Rye bread can help make a beautiful chicken or turkey stuffing
  • Croutons. If your rye bread is starting to get stale and you could do with using it up they make great croutons for a salad or even to pop into your soup.