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Make the perfect dough in a bread machine for basic white bread, dinner rolls, burger buns, pizza, naan and more!
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Making bread at home is one of the best things I have learned over years. However, making dough is one of the biggest challenge. Once you make the dough right then you can make your favorite baked goods at home. Bread machine is my favorite when it comes to making bread dough.

How does a bread maker work?

A bread maker has a pan and a paddle. The paddle fits loosely inside the pan. All the ingredients are placed in the bread machine pan which is then fitted and locked in the bread machine.

There is a lot of cycles on the bread machine like white bread, French bread, dough, gluten-free, jam, cake, and more. You have to select the right cycle and other options like loaf size and crust. Just start the machine and it will do the rest!

Well, yes it is that easy but for every cycle, you must put the right ingredients in the right order and measurements to ensure you get the perfect end result!

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How to make dough in bread machine?

Depending on the bread machine you have, you will have to place the ingredients in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Some require wet ingredients first and some dry ones.

A bread maker usually has the "Dough" cycle which does all the work of mixing, kneading, resting and giving the dough its first rise. You can prepare dough for a variety of bread like dinner rolls, naan, pizza base, croissants, burger buns and more.

Once you make the dough, it is then punched down to remove all air, kneaded for a few seconds, rolled into the desired shape and size; and allowed to rest for a final rise. After the final rise, it is baked in the oven.

How long is the dough cycle on a bread machine?

It would depend on the bread machine brand and model but generally the dough cycle would be around 1.5 hours. In the initial 15-30 minutes the bread machine kneads the dough and then it rests which allows the dough to go through the first rise.

If a recipe does not require the dough to rise, like Indian chapati, paratha, or puri, then you can stop the dough cycle after about 10-15 minutes once the kneading is done.

How to make homemade bread soft?

For a soft bread, sifting the flour is a key as it aerates the flour. Also, weighing the flour with a food scale helps in getting consistent results every time. When measured using cups, there are chances of adding more flour than needed by the recipe.

Bread machine yeast and instant yeast work well in a bread machine so you can use either. Depending on your bread maker, active dry yeast may work well too. Read more about which yeast to use in a bread machine.

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How To Make Bread Dough in Bread Machine

Make the perfect dough in a bread machine for basic white bread, dinner rolls, burger buns, pizza, naan and more!
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Calories: 2127kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Depending on your bread machine manufacturer's instructions, place the wet and dry ingredients, in the required order (wet first and dry later or vice versa), in the bread machine pan.
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  • Close the lid and start the "Dough" cycle.
  • Once the "Dough" cycle is complete, the dough has got its first rise and is ready for use.
    Bread dough in Bread Machine
  • Remove the dough from the container and place it on a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few seconds.
    Bread dough in Bread Machine
  • Shape and use the dough for making your favorite bread recipe. (linked some in the notes)
    Pizza dough bread dough in Bread Machine

Notes

*Recipes using dough cycle of the bread machine (P.S ingredients may vary)
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Bread Dough in Bread Machine
Amount per Serving
Calories
2127
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
64
g
98
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
19
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
36
g
Sodium
 
2350
mg
102
%
Potassium
 
488
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
332
g
111
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Protein
 
53
g
106
%
Vitamin A
 
8
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
74
mg
7
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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CD Hobbs

Saturday 8th of January 2022

I’m new to the bread machine and my goal is to make French baguettes using the dough cycle on the machine. Do you have a great recipe for baguettes that will work on the dough cycle in the bread machine. I’ve eaten baguettes in France and would love to duplicate them here at home.

Alpa Jain

Saturday 8th of January 2022

Hi CD Hobbs,

I have the French bread recipe for the bread machine, it has instructions to bake in the machine or in the oven. https://culinaryshades.com/french-bread-bread-machine/

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa

Jen

Sunday 7th of November 2021

So I have everything in the bread machine and now I see that I’m to “use my favorite bread recipe”? How about you give some instructions for how to bake this dough in your recipe. I’m so disappointed that I will likely not make this correctly since you assume everyone “has a favorite recipe”. If I did, I wouldn’t need to know how to make the dough.

Alpa Jain

Sunday 7th of November 2021

Hi Jen,

I have already linked a few recipes in the post. Based on your feedback I have updated the notes section as well with some recipes. The ingredients may vary for those recipes. But if you have followed the recipe in this post, you can bake dinner rolls, burger buns and bake them in the oven. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help.

Regards Alpa

admin

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

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