White Bread Machine Recipe

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Even a bread making novice can make this delicious white bread machine recipe that turns out perfect every time with step by step instructions!

Do you love homemade white bread as much as my family? Baking that basic white bread loaf that disappears in the middle of the night when you leave it out on the counter?

Yep, me, too! I found this basic bread machine white bread recipe called Decadent Sweet Milk Bread and had to try it.

The first time I followed the recipe exactly and made the dough in the bread maker and then did the braid. This time I wanted to see if it would work as a basic white loaf and save me some time.

I’m all about making life a little easier and still tasting good! This dense bread is perfect for sandwich bread if you like it thick and tasty. (Cheese toast is the best!)

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Testimonials

This is the best and easiest bread machine recipe! I make at least 3 loaves per week and it has never failed! Thanks so much for this great recipe!
Michelle
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I am new to breadmachine . Have been trying a lot of bread recipes to get the right sweet beard. Of them all I found yours to be the best. The bread came out just right, moist and sweet. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Thank you for such a wonderful bread recipe. I no longer will be buying bread from the store.
Pretty
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Homemade white bread sliced and served with butter

Get to know your bread machine

I know many people are talented enough to just make bread from scratch and bake in a bread pan. But I am seriously in love with my bread machine, even though it’s a little quirky like me. The weather and humidity affect how the dough rises.

You don’t have to be a scientist, but you might have to spend a little time getting to know your machine. In other words, practice makes perfect! Read the bread machine manufacturer instructions for any notes specific to your machine.

I have found if I can check on the dough a few minutes into the cycle and see if it’s mixed well and has enough moisture, then the bread has a better chance of being pretty and tasting delicious!

If I need to I’ll add a few drops of moisture to the dough. Sometimes the bread machine does its thing and the bread bakes but it isn’t pretty! 

This was an extremely easy recipe and it disappeared from my house! This white bread loaf has a wonderful crust and and makes a great piece of toast with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

What types of flour are best for the bread machine?

You can use regular all-purpose flour, or American white bread flour to make bread in the bread maker. I chose bread flour which will give you a loaf that is a bit more chewy but still delicious!

What type of yeast should I use?

Instant yeast is the best choice for the bread machine. It comes in small packets or jars, called “rapid rise, quick-rise” or “bread machine yeast” due to its fast-acting nature. It doesn’t have to be activated first and can be added immediately into the mixture with the rest of the ingredients.

Does it matter what order I put the ingredients in the bread maker?

The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you to add the liquids first, then the dry ingredients. The instant yeast always goes in last. This helps ensure the yeast is separated from the liquids until the kneading begins which is an important step to follow. 

Substitutions

Do NOT substitute evaporated milk for the sweetened condensed milk. The tenderness and soft texture would be effected.

sliced homemade white bread with butter and blue napkin

How to store your bread

You can leave the finished bread on your counter but the bread loses flavor and texture after a few days. Wrap in plastic wrap for freshness.

Freeze it by the slice and you can take out one piece at a time.

Special Notes:

I bake two loaves in order to use up all the sweetened condensed milk. (Or you can just lick the spoon yourself if you love the sweetness!)

Don’t be afraid to try this recipe again if your first loaf doesn’t turn out. Sometimes it takes a while to get the knack of it, especially if the conditions in your home change – heat, humidity, air, etc.

The more experience you’ve had using your bread maker the more successful you’ll be. Always make sure and add the wet ingredients first! (And just read the comments below to see how this sweet white bread turned out for my readers!)

Ingredients

Ingredients for sweet milk white bread using bread machine
  • warm water
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • salt
  • melted butter
  • bread flour
  • yeast

Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Directions

Pour warm water first in the bread machine. Hot tap water is fine.

Pour water into bread machine

Add sweetened condensed milk.

Pour sweetened condensed milk into bread machine

Add salt.

Add salt to bread machine for white bread

Pour in melted butter.

Pour melted butter into bread machine for white bread

Gently add bread flour.

Pour flour into bread machine to make white bread

Add yeast as the last ingredient.

Add yeast to bread machine ingredients to make white bread

Set bread machine for basic setting and press start! Easy peasy!

If necessary add a few drops of water in the initial cycle if dough seems dry.

Start bread machine by closing door and choosing settings.

After completion remove bread and allow to cool. (Also don’t forget to remove the kneading blade!)

More easy homemade bread recipes

Sweet Milk White Bread Printable Recipe and Video

sliced homemade white bread with butter and blue napkin
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Sweet Milk White Bread (Bread Machine)

Even a bread making novice can make this delicious homemade sweet milk white bread recipe that turns out perfect every time by using a bread machine!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Calories 2267kcal
Author Marty’s Musings

Equipment

  • 1 1/2 lb bread machine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs butter melted
  • 3 1/3 cup bread flour
  • 2 tsp yeast

Instructions

  • Add warm water to bread machine.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk.
  • Add salt.
  • Pour in melted butter.
  • Gently add bread flour.
  • Add yeast as last ingredient.
  • Set bread machine for basic setting.
  • After completion remove from bread machine and cool.

Video

Notes

I make 2 loaves in order to use up all the sweetened condensed milk. Loaves will freeze well wrapped in plastic wrap and tinfoil.
If necessary, add a few drops of water to first mixing cycle if bread dough seems dry.

I’d love to know if you made this recipe and how it turned out for you! Any other bread machine recipes that are your favorite? Drop them in the comments!

Sweet white bread with a bread machine sliced and served with butter

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43 Comments

  1. What would be different to make this without a bread machine, ie knead by hand? I’m a skilled baker but do not own a bread machine.

  2. For breakfast, I usually have milk white bread, and this Homemade sweet milk white bread looks even better than the bakery outside. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe.

  3. The loaf certainly looked wonderful, and after resting for about 10 minutes the first slices were good. However this is where it went wrong, after about 45 minutes on the table the texture became very dense, it was crumbly and falling apart, the taste was incredibly bland. Now, I’m a novice baker this was actually my first attempt ever at using a bread machine so we need to factor that in. It very well could’ve been that I might have measured over and there was too much flour or something else ir maybe sonce i dont know this machine well i couldnt compensate for its particular peculiarities as ive heard many other bread machine iwners talk about. I don’t feel I can give an honest rating on this because of these factors. I probably will try this recipe again down the road when I’ve worked with this machine more.

    1. Hi, Kristen. I’ve found that even with a bread machine the dough can be tricky. Sometimes it’s the humidity or whether the flour might be too old. I’ve had lots of luck with this recipe so maybe try it again one day!

  4. I want to make a 3 lb loaf. Can I just double all ingredients and use my machine’s setting for 3 lb loaf?

    1. Hi, Tracey. You could certainly try but I’m not sure if the way everything reacts would change. Worth a try! Definitely let me know if you try it!

  5. 5 stars
    Love, love, love this recipe! We received a bread machine for Christmas and tried one of the recipes that came in the manual – meh. Found this recipe when surfing the net -OMG! Have made this recipe 3 times in the last 2 weeks! Do you have a similar recipe using whole wheat bread flour?

    1. Hi, Pauline. I don’t personally have a whole wheat bread recipe but you could always try a mix (whole wheat and regular) with this recipe and see if it worked. Let me know if you try it!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi! Stumbled across your bread recipe as the one included with my cuisinart bread maker produces a dry and dense loaf! Just wondering what kind of yeast you use with this recipe? Instant dry yeast or active dry yeast? Thank you!

  7. I swear I can smell that amazing-looking loaf baking from here. My hubby bought me a bread machine many moons ago and I haven’t used it for quite some time. Your recipe has got me watering at the mouth to dust it off and make one.

    1. Hi, Michelle. I haven’t made this recipe in a while either but I love my bread machine! Cooking for one is definitely different than for a family of 7!

  8. 5 stars
    Loaf risen to really nice height without collapsing ??????
    Love bread recipes that can be done all by bread machine ???
    Flour amount converted to metric is 453g – it must be a correct conversion as the the loaf ? turns out good ??????

  9. I love love your site. You have given many ideas that I have put in my home♥️♥️♥️♥️???☹️

  10. My cuisanart bread machine just broke after many years of delicious bread , our favorite was maple syrup buttermilk bread . I want to buy a new bread machine but the reviews are so mixed from great to awful. What bread machine do you have??? I am desperate for a new machine as after a stroke I can no longer knead the bread!

    1. Hi, Kathie. My bread maker is a Sunbeam but I got it at a thrift store and it’s done just fine. I wouldn’t spend a ton of money until you know it’s going to work for you. Hope this helps!

  11. My family loves this bread. Can you make rolls out of it by using the dough cycle? If so can you freeze the rolls before you bake and if so what temp and time?

  12. We are addicted to your recipe and are well into our 5th loaf now – and 2 more today.

    Since we also make homemade pizza we have a variety of flours – prefer ’00’ whenever we can use it. And we are comfortable with making and using a starter. So those are the only modifications we are making. The ’00’ (very fine ground) should make these loaves very smooth. We’ll see 🙂

    So I’ll whip up these 2 loaves this morning and see what the results are.

    I will report back when we do a test – which could take a couple of days of endless nomming 🙂

    Kevin

    1. Hi, Kevin. I’m so excited that you’re enjoying the recipe! I wasn’t familiar with that flour but looked it up. I’d love to definitely know how it turned out!

  13. Question…. With my bread Machine it said that everything must be heated up? Do I need to have the water around 110 and melt the butter or just toss it in as is? Thank you!

    1. Hi, Crystal. I’m so sorry I’m just seeing your comment. You’ve probably figured all this out! I updated the recipe to show the butter should be melted (although softened would be fine). I don’t warm the liquid ingredients, though. Hope you enjoy the bread!

  14. Hi Marty,

    I am new to breadmachine . Have been trying a lot of bread recipes to get the right sweet beard. Of them all I found yours to be the best. The bread came out just right, moist and sweet. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    Thank you for such a wonderful bread recipe. I no longer will be buying bread from the store.

  15. Thanks for this recipe. This is my go-to bread machine recipe now. I make it about once a week and it always turns out great!

    1. Hi, Meem. I love using a bread machine as a time saver and for how easy it makes bread making. It’s hard to go wrong! Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join my community for other easy tips for creating a treasured home!

  16. This is the best and easiest bread machine recipe! I make at least 3 loaves per week and it has never failed! Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    1. Thanks, Michelle. We love our bread machine but don’t use it as often since our kids have gotten older and most have left home. I’ll have to go make some for myself now!

  17. I used this recipe but I put the yeast in the warm water first…then added the remaining ingredients. It turned out great tho…! I’ve made 4 loaves this week lol but I gave one to my sister! Needless to say everyone I know will get a loaf of Sweet Milk White Bread for Christmas this year!

  18. Can you just use the bread machine for the dough cycle and then bake in the oven? If so what temp and how long would you need to bake it?

  19. Hi,this recipe sounds fantastic! I only have one question. Is this a one lb loaf or much larger? I have a Cuisinart Bread Machine and I have to add the size to any basic setting or it will not cook! Thank you so much!!

  20. Yum, great recipe, I love bread to be a little bit sweet, especially white bread, I’ll give this recipe a try 🙂