12 Tested Bread Machine Recipes

My husband and I brought a bread maker last summer, and since we have been experimenting with bread recipes.  It seems like some recipes turn out well, and the others flop.  My friend Carol who has cooked bread for years sent me over the best recipes that she has has found over the years that make the best bread. She makes bread several times a week and her husband just loves her for it!

Here is a list of 12 delicious recipes you can make in your bread maker courtesy of my friend Carol.

Sauerkraut Rye Bread

Original Recipe Yield 1 – 1 1/2 pound loaf, 2 Hrs 50 Min. Ready In: 3 Hrs


  • 1 cup sauerkraut – rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions- Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Basic Bread Cycle; press Start.

Swiss-Onion Bread Ring Recipe

Carol’s notes- (This is so good. I use the Olive Bread dough recipe. I’ve made this countless times. Always a hit with company and so easy.)


  • 2-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds, divided
  • ·2 tubes (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread
  • ·1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds in a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Cut the dough into forty 1-in. pieces; place half in prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and onions. Top with 1 teaspoon poppy seeds; drizzle with half of the butter. Repeat layers. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf.

Olive Bread Dough

Carol’s Notes (This is one of the best doughs I’ve ever worked with.)

Makes 1-3/4 lbs.


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 tsp.raw granulated sugar
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pitted black oil-cured olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Carol’s Creations ~ Feel Your Oats Focaccia

Carol’s Notes (Here’s one of my very own creations that I came up with when trying to duplicate a bread mix I had bought from War Eagle Mill. That’s where I buy most of my flours. I have all of their bakeware and love it)

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons golden flax seeds, ground
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine pan in order recommended by your manufacturer. Use the dough setting, which will be about 1 ½ hours for cycle to complete. (Many times I remove the dough before the time is up if it has risen nice and high.)


1.  Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Remove the dough and let rest 10 minutes on a floured board under a moist paper towel or tea towel while the oven is heating.

3. Grease a large jellyroll / cookie sheet with plenty of olive oil.

4. Press and stretch the dough into the greased pan and work with it until it fits the pan.

5. Prick all over with a fork.

6. Bake for 10 minutes.

7. Remove and spread with pesto or tomato sauce. You may also omit the sauce and just use cheese. Top with assorted cheeses like mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss, or parmesan. You may add toppings such as sliced mushrooms, chopped peppers, or cooked meat (chicken or ground beef). Sprinkle liberally with Italian seasoning and some crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Bake seven to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted and slightly turning brown.

8. Cut into 8 large rectangles, or 16 small squares.

Bread Machine Tortillas Recipe

Carol’s Notes (Although you cook in a pan on the stove, these are so quick and easy to whip up in the bread machine.)

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients in your machine’s fully assembled pan, in the order specified by your machine’s manual. Select the dough cycle and press start.

The dough should form a nice ball of dough. You may need to add a tablespoon of water or flour to get it there. when the dough cycle is finished kneading, stop the machine and remove the dough to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in to 8 equal size chunks.

On a lightly floured surface coat both sides of the ball with flour and roll out to a shape that is as round as you can get. Cook the tortilla in a heavy skillet that has a light coating of oil or pan spray. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until there are little black burnt looking spots. Remove from the skillet to a plate and cover with a towel. The tortillas should not be stiff. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.

Syrian Bread

Carol’s Notes (I’ve made these luscious little babies so many times. )

20 Min Prep, Cook Time: 10 Min Ready In: 3 Hrs, Original Recipe Yield 8 small loaves


  • 1 1/8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.
2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
3. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces and form into rounds. Cover the rounds with a damp cloth and let rest (I rested 10 minutes).
4. Roll dough into thin flat circles, about 8 inches in diameter. Cook two at a time on preheated baking sheets or a baking stone until puffed up and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Repeat for remaining loaves.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread by Hillybilly Housewife

Carol’s Notes – (I made this last week and was it ever fluffy and delicious!)

Taken From Pumpkin Yeast Bread By Hillbilly Housewife

Last year all five of my kids got a free pumpkin from a homeschool field trip, and I cooked, pureed, and froze them. So I have been trying to find creative ways to use the puree, and came up with this recipe, which makes great toast or cream-cheese-filled sandwiches:

  • 1 1/4 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 4 T butter (or less if preferred)
  • 1/4 c sugar (or less if preferred)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 c powdered milk
  • 3 1/4 c flour (may use part whole wheat)
  • 1 t yeast

Either dump it in a bread maker, liquids first, or mix it all up in a big bowl, knead, let rise, punch down, shape, let rise, and bake. We love this for quick breakfasts or lunches, and it is full of good nutrients (and yummy)! Hope you like it.

Bread Machine Focaccia

Carol’s Notes- Another winner!!

Prep Time 5 Min, Cooking Time 25 Minutes, Ready In 3 Hrs


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary



1. Place water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, garlic, 1 tablespoon rosemary, bread flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.

2. Remove dough from bread machine when cycle is complete. Pat dough into either a 9×13 inch baking pan or 12 inch pizza pan. Use your fingers to dimple the dough every inch or so. Brush with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with remaining rosemary.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cover foccacia with plastic wrap while oven preheats.

Bread Machine Challah

Carol’s Notes (I love that the bread machine does the work. Braiding is the fun part.)

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water (120°F)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 whole eggs

Put all ingredients into the bread machine in the order above. Go through the kneading and rising processes on your machine. After the bread has risen, take it to a floured board and cut the ball of dough into 8 equal parts.

Take three parts and make a braid, take three more and make another braid.

Take the remaining two parts and cut each into three equal parts.

Braid the two smaller braids and set one on top of each larger braid. Cover with a cloth and allow to rise for one half hour.

Brush with diluted egg yolk, sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds (if desired) and bake in a 350°F oven for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Blue Cheese and Port Bread

Carol’s Notes (Oh my goodness, this was heavenly! If you don’t like blue cheese you could substitute Feta or another cheese. I didn’t have any Port so I substituted with red wine.)

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons port red wine
  • 1/4 cup Danish blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts — coarsely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Bake on regular cycle.

Douglas, A. (2011-03-25). 150 Delicious Bread Machine Recipes – Bakery and Food Cookbook (Cooking eBook with Easy Navigation) + Free PDF (Kindle Location 372). Kindle Edition.

Bread Machine Banana Bread Recipe

Carol’s Notes (I’ve made this several times and it always comes out wonderful.)

Small Loaf (1 lb)

  • 1 cup sliced ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil (I used walnut)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/3 cups White Flour
  • 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

SELECT loaf size. ADD ingredients to machine according to manufacturers directions. SELECT white cycle and light crust setting.

Carol’s note: I use the dough cycle. When that ends remove the dough and put into a lightly greased bread loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

English Muffin Bread Recipe

Carol’s Notes (This is so easy to make and it’s one of Daniel’s favorites. It’s great the next day toasted if it makes it that far. Daniel has been known to eat a whole loaf of bread in a day. Lol)

The Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 ts Sugar
  • 1 tp Salt
  • 1/4 ts Baking Soda
  • 3 cup Bread Flour
  • 3 tb Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 2 ts Yeast

Note: Ingredients are for Large Loaf (about 1.5 lbs), adjust # of servings for Medium or Small loaf. Put all ingredients in machine in the order suggested by your machine’s manufacturer and fire that bad boy up on the regular bread cycle. The top of the loaf should come out sunken, this is normal. The texture and taste is just like English Muffins, this is GREAT for toasting!