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Favorite Breadmaker Recipe

by Nikki Willhite

breadmaker bread

There are very few things that taste better then bread hot from the oven. There also few things that are more disappointing then when your bread does not rise or disappoints you in some other way.

I have a recipe that I have used for years.  It is reliable, and it can be slightly altered.  The picture above was taken from our last loaf. 

We make bread often.  We have a wheat grinder and are able to grind our own wheat to make  wheat flour. It is not difficult to grind wheat and it lasts for several months in the refrigerator. 

Below is the basic recipe we use.  Note that when a bread says it is "whole wheat", that just means that it contains some whole wheat.  It may also have white flour in it.  In this case, our basic recipe has 1 cup of whole wheat, and one cup of white flour.

Also note that this is a 2 cups of flour breadmaker recipe.  A lot of breadmaker recipes have 3 cups of flour.

Whole Wheat Bread


1 cup wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp milk
3/4 cup warm water
1 packet (1 Tbsp) instant or breadmaker yeast


Put ingredients in the breadmaker in the order listed.  Wait 5 minutes before starting the machine.

Notes and Adjustments

Flour:  If you want your bread to rise higher and be lighter, use less whole wheat.  The bread pictured above had a little more white than wheat flour in it.

We use 2 tsp of Dough Enhancer when we make bread (one tsp per cup of flour). Dough Enhancer looks like flour. We add it to the bottom of the cup measurement for the wheat flour...and that alone reduces the whole wheat flour. If we want to reduce the wheat flour more, we just replace it with white flour.

Sugar: Be sure to pack your brown sugar.  Sugar helps the yeast rise.  It will make your loaf lighter. 

Salt:  Bread made without salt does not taste good.  Be sure and add salt.

Water: Be sure it is warm but not hot, or it will kill the yeast.

Open the top of your bread machine at the beginning of the process.  You want to watch the dough when it begins mixing. At this point you can add a little flour or water if needed.  As the dough spins it should start to pull away from the sides look shiny and elastic. 

The weather can affect the flour, so although it is usually safe to turn and walk away, it doesn't hurt to keep an eye on it.

When the breadmaker has finished the loaf it will beep.  It will be hot, so be careful.  Put the bread on a wire rack, and cover it with a towel while it cools. 

We time our bread to be done before meals, so we cut off a few pieces before we set it to cool.  After we eat we use an electric knife to cut the rest into slices.  Then we freeze it. 

When we want a piece of homemade bread we just put it in the microwave and thaw and heat it. The bread will come out of the freezer as good as it went in. (Note: If your bread is hot when you put it in the freezer you can put a few paper towel pieces between the slices to keep them from sticking together). 

The whole process of making bread is very easy with a breadmaker. Find your special recipe and Enjoy!

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

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