White Bread for Bread Machine

White Bread is probably the easiest to make in a bread machine, in that it normally turns out well.  Although this recipe could easily be classified as "French bread", because of the ingredients.  You would be doing french bread an injustice by making it in a machine.

Every Bread Machine is different, so you'll need to adjust slightly the amount of water and flour...

If you are starting to cook immediately, put the water and Bread Machine yeast in first.  If you are adding the ingredients and can program a delayed start, put the water in first and the yeast last, not in contact with the water.  Bake according to the settings on your machine for a 2 lb white loaf. 

Water 1 1/3 cups 2/3 cups
Olive Oil, extra virgin 2 TBS1 TBS
Sugar2 TBS1 TBS
Bread Flour 4 cups less 2TBS2 cups
Wheat Gluten 2 TBS Omit
Salt 1 ½ tsp ¾ tsp
Instant Yeast 1 packet or 2 tsp 1 tsp

Yield: 2 lb loaf

There are really only two types of dry yeasts.  Active and "highly active".  Every brand has their own names, but its clear which is which.  For this recipe, use the highly active version.  If all you have is the other, you can't do a delayed start, but you can use about 100 degree water and add the yeast and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Whichever you use, make sure none of the ingredients are past their expiration date!
You can sub out about ¼ to ½ of the bread flout for whole wheat