66 Best Bread Machine Recipes To Make You Look Like a Pro

Sneak Preview: This is a collection of 66 of the best bread machine recipes you can mix up in your bread machine or bread maker. Bread makers are fabulous kneading machines, so I only use the DOUGH cycle. That’s what makes these the best bread machine recipes. Every yeast bread recipe listed here will include shaping directions, pan size, oven temperature for baking, and how long it should bake. Now you can produce bread you will be anxious to eat and excited to share with your family and friends.

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Since bread machines are my thing, I gathered all of my best bread maker recipes into one place to make it easy for you. No more scouring the web for mind-numbing hours looking for a recipe that may or may not be good.

When using one of my recipes, you won’t need the user’s manual that came with your bread machine. Instead, I’ll guide you step-by-step as you use a bread machine to do what it does best.

If you are having any specific issues with your bread, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a list of posts you may find helpful.

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No worries if you don’t have a bread machine or bread maker. Nearly all of my recipes have alternate directions for stand mixers or making bread by hand.

Why these will be your favorite recipes:

When I bake bread, I want it to be worth the money, calories, and time! But that’s not all:

  • It must taste fabulous, of course. Every recipe has been tested repeatedly.
  • It must have a well-organized texture. (Stuffing the dough into a pan won’t do. Stuffing equals crumbs.)
  • It must have a tender crust that is appropriately soft, tender, chewy, or crusty. Cardboard crusts are not worth the convenience of baking bread in a bread machine.
  • It must be as beautiful as the bread you buy from the best bakery in town. My goal is to make bread I love and am excited to share with others. That’s what I want for you, too.

What am I doing wrong?

If you have made much bread in your machine, you might have noticed it’s often too dense, too tough, too short, flat on top, lopsided, crumbly, ugly, etc.

When the ingredients are dumped into a machine, mixed, and then baked right there in the machine, it’s not always the best. Most of the time, it’s not good at all.

Don’t blame your bread machine or bread maker. After all, it doesn’t have a brain. Instead, human intervention is required to make the very best bread machine bread.

“Bread machines don’t have a brain.”

That’s right. (I hope I haven’t burst your bread machine dream.) Great yeast bread cannot be made from scratch from start to finish with the touch of a “START” button.

Does it matter what kind of bread machine I have?

In my book, bread makers are the best kneading machine in town. So I use them to mix and knead the dough.

You need a machine with a DOUGH cycle because that’s all you’ll need with my recipes. Whether old or new isn’t a big deal as long as the motor is strong.

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You don’t need a preheat cycle, multiple rest periods interspersed throughout the DOUGH cycle, or multiple options for recipes made with different flours.

Are you thinking, “Why do I even need a bread maker?”

Don’t return your bread machine just yet.

Bread makers are worth the money. Although you can use a stand mixer with all of my yeast bread recipes, stand mixers have no timers and no way of controlling the heat while your bread is rising.

With a stand mixer, you must be able to recognize when the dough has been properly kneaded, and you must provide the proper environment for the dough to rise. However, if you are planning to make many large batches of dough (more than 4 cups per recipe), a stand mixer with be the preferred choice.

So what’s the secret to making an incredible loaf of bread with a bread machine?

The instructions are in every one of my bread recipes or take a look at this tutorial for making bread in a bread machine my way.

Meanwhile, here’s a birds-eye view:

First: Select a good recipe. I don’t even bother with the recipes in the manual. Choose one below, or use a favorite recipe-most yeast bread recipes can be converted to use in a bread machine with this method.

Second: No matter what the recipe says, choose the DOUGH cycle. When the DOUGH cycle completes, remove the dough from the bread machine to a lightly floured work surface in your kitchen.

Third: Shape the dough as directed. (Please don’t drop the dough in a bread pan and stick it into the oven. The results won’t be pretty.)

Fourth: Let the dough rise again after shaping (important if you don’t want a dense loaf!).

Fifth: Bake the loaf in your preheated conventional oven. Don’t take it out until it’s perfectly baked throughout (use a quick-read thermometer if needed) and golden brown all over.

Yes, you can make good bread with a bread machine.

You’ll be amazed at how simple most of these recipes are. Even beginners will likely succeed, especially if you read and follow all of my tips.

You’ll also find advanced recipes like the Ciabatta above, Bread Machine Brioche, or Bread Machine Sourdough with No Commercial Yeast. There is truly something for everybody.

Can I recommend the free bread machine course? It’s the perfect place to start for anybody who wants to make really good bread with a bread maker.



What readers are saying:

“Thank you for helping making bread so easy!”

Ana

“I’ve made the Ciabatta bread, the french bread and today the buttermilk sandwich bread. They have all come out PERFECT! The recipes are easy to follow and I love that I can weigh the ingredients. My husband couldn’t get enough of the french bread. He told me not to lose the recipe since it was the best I’ve made since I have tried several different recipes and this was by far the best! Thank you!! Can’t wait to try some other of your recipes.”

Patty

“I have had to make all my bread, pizza, and roll doughs in my bread machines all the time now due to time constraints and your recipes have helped me make full use of my machines with good results. It was very helpful to realize I could do the dough in the machines and finish up in my oven, no holes in the bottom of the loaf, yay!!”

Diana R

Browse here for your next bread machine recipe:

A Crusty Bread Machine French Bread
This recipe is for a simple, crusty French bread you can mix up in your bread machine and bake in the oven for the freshest bread ever.
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Potato Burger Buns Mixed with a Bread Machine
These potato hamburger buns (mixed in a bread machine) are guaranteed to make your next outdoor party more memorable. They are soft but sturdy buns and flavorful without tasting like dessert. A fresh potato is the secret ingredient.
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Outstanding Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Recipe
This 100% whole-grain loaf is mixed and kneaded with a bread machine, then shaped by hand before baking in a conventional oven. Peanut butter or sunflower butter and vital wheat gluten are optional ingredients.
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Best Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe
This pizza crust is made with a bread machine (although easily converted to a stand mixer recipe or by hand) and is simple enough for a beginner to make.
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Yeast Cornbread Dinner Rolls: A Bread Machine Recipe
These are interesting yeasty cornbread rolls that are mixed and kneaded in a bread machine. The cornmeal adds an interesting crunch to the crust and the texture.
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Sprouted Wheat Bread Machine Recipe with Honey and Seeds
This Sprouted Wheat Bread Machine Recipe with Honey and Seeds is so tasty you will enjoy eating it even if you don't care about the benefits of sprouted wheat flour. Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, chia seeds, and a surprise secret ingredient maximize the flavor.
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Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns: Make Good Friday Special
Get out your bread machine to make these traditional Hot Cross Buns–think apple pie spices inside a sweet dinner roll with a bit of icing on top.
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Buttermilk Bread Machine Bread Recipe
This Buttermilk Bread Machine recipe makes a soft white sandwich loaf. Skip the hassle of kneading. Let your bread machine do the job instead. Shape the dough by hand and bake in your oven for a blue-ribbon loaf.
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Best Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe with Sunflower Seeds
This Oatmeal Bread Machine recipe has a mild, non-assertive but nutty flavor thanks to the sunflower seeds. It's perfect for sandwiches and toast. Make the dough in a bread machine and bake it in your oven.
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Classic Bread Machine Sourdough Bread Recipe – No Yeast
Make this no-yeast sourdough bread recipe in your bread machine using the DOUGH cycle. All the hard work of mixing and kneading happens in the machine, but you do the shaping and baking in a conventional oven for a superior crust and a traditional appearance.
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Bread Machine Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Recipe
This recipe makes a sweet cinnamon swirl bread with or without raisins. Use your bread machine to mix and knead the dough, but bake in your conventional oven for the best crust.
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Basic Bread Machine White Bread You’ll Be Eager to Share
This basic Bread Machine White Bread is a soft and fluffy 1.5-pound loaf with no eggs and not a lot of sugar or fat.
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Japanese Milk Rolls made with a Bread Machine
These homemade rolls are everything you could want in a dinner roll: light, airy, flavorful, and versatile. Plus, thanks to a Tangzhong-inspired modification, they stay fresh for 2-3 days with no preservatives
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Chewy Sourdough Dinner Roll Recipe
These chewy sourdough bread rolls are easy to mix and knead with a bread machine.
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Chocolate Bread Machine Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls
Dark chocolate cocoa flavors the rich dough to make fabulous cinnamon rolls that will remind you of chocolate doughnuts with chocolate frosting.
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Soft Bread Machine Breadsticks Recipe
This bread machine recipe for yeasted garlic breadsticks tastes similar to the ones at Olive Garden.
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Tomato Basil Bread Recipe Mixed in a Bread Machine
Mix up Tomato Basil Bread in your Bread Machine, shape by hand, then bake in your oven. Take your next toasted cheese sandwich up a notch.
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Sourdough Bread Machine Bread: A Simple Loaf Recipe
Make this basic sourdough bread machine loaf using the DOUGH cycle of your bread machine, then bake in your oven.
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Bread Machine White Bread with Condensed Milk Recipe
A finely-textured loaf of soft white bread–mixed, kneaded, and proofed in a bread machine, but shaped by hand and baked in a conventional oven for the best of both worlds.
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Bread-Machine Challah Recipe (Dairy-Free)
Bread Machine Challah, a traditional Jewish bread, is a golden, eggy, tender, and only slightly-sweet yeast bread you can mix and knead in your bread machine. This is a dairy-free version.
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Bread Machine Ciabatta Recipe
Because ciabatta starts life as a very slack and sticky dough, the bread machine is a useful tool to mix and knead the dough. Make the biga by adding the first three ingredients listed below to your bread machine at least 12 hours ahead of time. This is a sort of “starter” that will contribute flavor and a hole-y texture to your bread.
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Hearty Bread Machine Rye Bread Recipe
This dense and hearty rye bread boule is flavored with molasses and caraway seed. Make a "sponge" the night before in your bread machine, then add the remaining ingredients the next day. This simple step will give you a better texture and more complex flavor.
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Pillsbury Cornbread Twists: A Copycat Recipe
A hot dog wrapped with a yeasty cornbread dough or make the same dough and twist the strips into cornsticks to go with a hearty soup like chili or stew.
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Bread Machine Brioche Recipe
Now you can make classic brioche in your bread machine, then shape it by hand to meet your specific needs before baking in a conventional oven.
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Bread Machine Focaccia Recipe
Bread Machine Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia is easy to mix and knead in a bread machine. Then, shape it by hand, let it rise again, add the toppings, and bake it in a conventional oven.
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Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls Recipe
These Whole Wheat Rolls are sturdy but soft and tasty, making them suitable for buns or mini-sliders.
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Bread Machine Hawaiian Bread Recipe
A sweet and soft bread in the same style as my favorite Hawaiian bread at the grocery store. The instructions are for mixing and kneading in a bread machine, then shaping by hand and baking in a conventional oven.
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Classic Bread Machine Dinner Rolls
This recipe produces a light and airy slightly-sweet dinner roll you can mix up in your bread machine. Shape by hand and bake in your conventional oven for the best of both worlds.
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Cinnamon Crispy Toasts: How To Recycle Homemade Bread
These melba toasts resemble the cinnamon toast crisps sold at the Corner Bakery.
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Glazed Sweet Potato Rolls Recipe
These light and fluffy dinner rolls are made with sweet potatoes and baked with a honey-butter glaze or a simple egg glaze.
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Honey Wheat Bread Machine Recipe
This Honey Whole Wheat Bread recipe will make one fabulous loaf of whole wheat bread. "Healthy" never tasted so good.
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Cranberry Yeast Bread–A Bread Machine Recipe
Make this Cranberry Yeast Bread into a loaf or dinner rolls. The lemon and cranberry flavors go perfectly with turkey or ham. It's a delicious way to put cranberries on your Thanksgiving menu
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Bread Machine Bear Claws
Mix up these rich sweet rolls in your bread machine. They are really just fancy looking cinnamon rolls with icing and almonds on top. Crazy easy.
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Terrific Tangzhong Cinnamon Rolls from Your Bread Machine
These cinnamon rolls are so soft, buttery, and ooey-gooey, they probably won't last more than one day. But if you have leftovers, you'll be surprised at how long they stay fresh.
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Really Crusty Bread Machine Rolls Recipe
I can think of no better accompaniment for stew, gumbo, or chowder than these Crusty dinner rolls with a soft interior. Cornstarch glaze is the secret.
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Cracked Wheat Berry Bread — A Bread Machine Recipe
A nubby, crunchy loaf starring cracked wheat berries that you can easily make in your bread machine
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Easy Orange Rolls Recipe
Try these Easy Orange Yeast Rolls with directions for mixing and kneading in a bread machine. Bake in your oven.
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Sweet Banana Bread with Yeast: A Bread Machine Recipe
Break out of your same old banana bread routine. Use those old bananas to make this Banana Yeast Bread with whole wheat flour in your bread machine. It's slightly sweet with a sugar-cardamom mixture sprinkled over the top.
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Bread Machine Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with Honey
Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough comes with directions and amounts appropriate for a bread machine.
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My Best Cinnamon Rolls: Inspired by Pecan Twirls
My Best Cinnamon Rolls are traditional cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. Written for mixing in a bread machine.
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Rosemary Bread Machine Recipe with Cranberries and Pecans
This bread machine recipe is a whole wheat artisan loaf with a gorgeous brown crust. Dried cranberries and toasted pecans complement the fresh rosemary in this flavorful bread. Easily mix and knead the dough in a bread machine, then bake in a conventional oven.
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Herb Dinner Rolls with Garlic (Bread Machine Recipe)
These rolls are soft but slightly chewy dinner rolls. They will make your house smell like a chic Parisian cafe as they bake. Wonderful with a Thanksgiving turkey.
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Golden Egg Bread with Dried Fruit (Bread Machine Recipe)
This recipe for Egg Bread with Dried Fruit has a light texture that works well for bread pudding, sandwiches, and eating out of hand. Incidentally, it is dairy free.
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Christmas Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter and Rosemary Recipe
You’ll find this festive ring of rosemary yeast rolls difficult to resist. They also make wonderful slider buns for leftover ham, turkey, or roast beef.
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Sweet Apple-Cinnamon Bread Machine Recipe
A sweet yeast bread to mix and knead in a bread machine, then baked in a conventional oven
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Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe
Distinctly orange-flavored sweet yeast rolls you can mix and knead with your bread machine. Finish with a deliciously orange-flavored cream cheese frosting.
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Soft Rum Raisin Buns Recipe
Get out your bread machine to make these fluffy and light rolls flavored with rum or rum extract and raisins.
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Glazed Lemon Pull-Apart Bread (Bread Machine Recipe)
This is a simple sweet yeast bread flavored with lemon and orange zest that you can make with a bread machine.
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Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls Made Easy with a Bread Machine
Poppyseed Yeast Rolls are lightweight dinner rolls with a touch of sweetness. The seeds add interest and texture.
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White Whole Wheat Rolls Recipe
Light and soft white whole wheat rolls from your bread machine will be the star of the party.
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Party Bread with Three Flavors: A Bread Machine Recipe
Monkey Bread (yeast) with 3 different flavors: butter, cheese, cinnamon-sugar; mixed and kneaded in a bread machine
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Savory Monkey Bread (Mix and Knead with a Bread Machine)
A pull-apart, brioche-like yeast bread, mixed and kneaded in a bread machine, then baked in the oven in a bundt pan.
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Steakhouse Bread Recipe (Mini-Loaves)
This Steakhouse Bread is dark-colored like we used to get at the local Steak and Ale. Directions for mixing and kneading in a bread machine are included.
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Cheese Buns Recipe–Bread Machine
Fluffy cheese buns are light and fluffy dinner rolls with melty cheese on the inside and crusty cheese on the outside.
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Pretzel Roll Recipe Bread Machine
Make your own pretzel buns for a fun sandwich or eat them alone with a little mustard.
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Bread-Machine Challah Recipe (Dairy-Free)
Bread Machine Challah, a traditional Jewish bread, is a golden, eggy, tender, and only slightly-sweet yeast bread you can mix and knead in your bread machine. This is a dairy-free version.
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Fantans: A Bread Machine Recipe
This is a yeast bread recipe mixed and kneaded in a bread machine. They are shaped like peel-apart brown-and-serve rolls from the grocery store.
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Bread Machine Swedish Cardamom Bread Recipe
Cardamom Yeast Bread for the bread machine is a sweet and rich yeast bread, spiced with cardamom. Instructions for mixing and kneading in a bread machine, then shaping and baking in a conventional oven.
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Fresh Blueberry Bread Machine Recipe (1-pound loaf)
Don't miss this rich and sweet brioche-like yeast bread with fresh, sweetened blueberries swirled throughout.
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Seeded Rolls: A Bread Machine Recipe
This recipe for Seeded Rolls makes dinner rolls or buns mixed and kneaded in the bread machine, Roll in a snail shape, top with seeds, and bake in a conventional oven.
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Cinnamon Twist Bread for Breakfast (a bread machine recipe)
This bread machine coffee cake is a yeast bread in the same family as cinnamon rolls–directions for mixing and kneading in a bread machine included.
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Bread Machine Sesame Burger Buns Recipe
Make these sesame buns for your next cookout, tailgate, or party. Mix the dough with a bread machine or a stand mixer.
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Oat Rolls with Honey Recipe (Bread Machine)
These Oatmeal Rolls are soft, light, and fluffy with just enough oatmeal to give a little chew and make them interesting. Honey adds the right amount of sweetness.
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Please email me if you are looking for a specific recipe but don’t see it here (address below). I’ll add it to my list. Many of the recipes you see here were created and tested in response to a reader request.

Looking for some advice for using your bread maker?

Faq about Bread Machine Recipes:

Is a bread maker better than an oven?

A bread maker is one of the best dough-kneading machines in town. I love mine. But if you want bread as good or better than what you can buy from a bakery, you will need to bake your bread in a conventional oven that gets hotter than a bread machine. The texture and crust will be greatly improved when you use the machine to mix and knead the dough, then shape the dough by hand, let it rise on your counter and bake it in a preheated conventional oven.

Why is bread machine bread not fluffy?

The reasons for dense bread are many but some of the more common ones include inaccurate measuring, unwise substitutions (too much whole wheat flour for white flour), or omission of important ingredients such as salt. If the ambient temperature is too warm or too cool, the timing of your bread machine may not work out right. Checking the dough as it kneads to see if you need more moisture or flour is very helpful. Remember, your bread machine does not have a brain.

Are bread makers a waste of money?

It depends. If you want excellent bread every time with the touch of one button (from start to finish in a bread machine while you sleep), you will most likely be disappointed. But if you are willing to combine your brain with the touch of your fingers and the kneading power of a bread machine, you can make almost any bread recipe out there with a bread maker.

If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately for a quick answer: Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! 

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23 Comments

  1. Beth manuela says:

    Thank you recipe am interested for baking

  2. Great share. That’s now in my to-do recipe collection.

    1. Fantastic Lora. Let me know your favorites.

  3. Hi Paula, do you have a recipe for katsiburry (I have no idea how to spell it, so I hope this will help). Thanks. Org

    1. Hi George,

      I have never heard of “katsiburry.” Google evidently hasn’t heard of it either so I’m at a loss. Can you describe it?

  4. Margie Kaminski says:

    Paula, Do you have a book with these recipes? If not – I would hope you’re thinking about it! Thanks for all the help!

    1. Hi Margie,

      Thanks for your kind words. No book. But I do print them off and keep them in a special box.

    2. Debra Seals says:

      I see others have asked if you have written a book and you responded. You said you have no book. I would be front of the line if you change your mind. Think about it. Thank you.

      1. Thanks, Debra. Maybe someday. 🤔

  5. I am looking for a persimmon bread machine recipe… All the searches yielded to oven made recipes. Hopefully, you have experimented on a bread machine and would like to share

    1. Hi Susan,

      I’m curious to try this. Have you made a persimmon bread recipe that you liked? If so, send it over and I’ll convert it for you. Almost any regular bread recipe can be mixed up and kneaded in a bread machine, then baked in the oven. That’s the way I do ALL my bread. If you want to try to convert it yourself, see this post for more help.

      Here’s another thought: I have a wonderful banana yeast bread recipe I make with a bread machine (but I do bake it in the oven for a superior loaf). I wonder if you could substitute persimmons for bananas.

  6. Paula, do you have a recipe for Ezekiel bread in a bread machine?

    1. Hi Mary,

      You are not the first person to ask. When I look at the ingredients in Ezekiel bread, there are so, so many. It doesn’t seem practical to buy all those ingredients for one or two loaves of bread. Most of them are present in minuscule amounts. My recipe for Cracked Wheat-Berry Bread is a simple bread with some whole grains and a great texture. You might give it a look. It’s not Ezekiel bread but easy to make at home and very delicious.

  7. Hi Paula, I am so glad to find your site. Your recipes sound wonderful. I buy Rosemary Olive Oil bread at a specialty shop. I would like to be able to make something similar, I have tried a recipe I found online, but it wasn’t very good. I baked it in my machine, so maybe I will try it in the oven. I am also looking for a parmesan oregano bread recipe, I made years ago with my first machine. Thanks for your site.

    1. Hi Karen,

      Great to hear from you and welcome. I have a suggestion. Try my French bread recipe. It’s simple. Add rosemary if you like, or parmesan and oregano. I’m pretty sure it will be a hit for you.

  8. Hi Paula, I made your oatmeal with sunflower seed bread the other day. Absolutely wonderful!!! Making another loaf today. I was wondering if you have ever made Peanut Butter Bread. If so, could you post the recipe. Thanks so much. Keep the wonderful bread recipes coming. Love your site. Signed up for your email but haven’t gotten anything yet. Maybe this week.

    1. Hi Lynda,
      I’m so happy you like the oatmeal bread. Thank you for writing. You haven’t gotten anything yet after signing up for my email? I just checked and my records indicate you should have gotten the first letter today. Did you check your junk email?

      Funny you mention the peanut butter bread. I’m working on a 100% whole wheat bread that I decided to add a bit of peanut butter to it on a whim. I thought it mae it so much better. I am not quite ready to publish it but you should see it in the next few weeks. If you want to test it before I publish, just let me know and I’ll send it to you. Write me at paula at saladinajar.com.

  9. Please tell the yeast measurement for bread machine yeast, instant yeast and active dry yeast. I have plenty of instant and active and don’t want to buy more when I know the measurements can be converted

    Is bread machine yeast the same as instant yeast? Some websites say it is. If so why not say so?

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      Nice to hear from you. See this post. And yes, bread machine yeast is the same as instant yeast. When baking one of my recipes, use instant yeast. The amount listed will always refer to instant yeast. Can’t speak for anybody else’s recipes.

  10. How do I get all of these recipes. In one book???

    1. Hi Fiona,
      At the moment, the only way to get these recipes is to print them individually. I have considered making a book but it hasn’t happened yet. Thanks for asking.

  11. Mike Conrad says:

    Was hoping to find a great carrot bread recipe for my bread machine.

    1. Hi Mike,

      I specialize in yeast breads, so I don’t have any quick bread recipes for the bread machine on my website. So sorry.