How to Make a Bread Machine Recipe by Hand

A quick & simple guide to refer to when you want to make a bread machine recipe by hand. Easy bread maker conversion!

I do a lot of bread baking.

I really do adore my bread machine for a lot of my recipes. I love them so much that I have 2! However, I know not everyone has a bread machine in their kitchen and can get confused when trying to make a recipe intended for a bread machine by hand.

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I wanted to create a quick guide of sorts to link to whenever I make a bread maker recipe so that those of you who want to make it by hand can easily do so without the intimidation. I hope this is helpful for y’all!

ADD INGREDIENTS TO THE MACHINE IN THE ORDER RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUFACTURER

You can use your hands or a mixer – your choice!

1. Combine yeast, water & sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until foamy.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Add anything cold or hot last. Knead for 8-10 minutes.

CHOOSE SETTING FOR ‘DOUGH’

Follow steps 1 and 2 above.

CHOOSE SETTING FOR ‘WHITE BREAD.’

First, follow steps 1 and 2 listed above. Then:

3. Cover the dough with a tea towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until it’s doubled in size – about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

4. Place the dough on a floured surface. Punch it down to release any air bubbles within and separate into your loaf(s).

5. Knead gently 4-6 times to help distribute the yeast and shape into loaf(s).

6. Place loaf(s) into greased pans and cover with a tea towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

7. Bake at 350F until the bottom of the loaf(s) sound hollow when tapped, 30-40 minutes.

CHOOSE SETTING FOR DOUGH AND FIRST RISE

Follow steps 1 through 3 above. Continue with the directions in the recipe.

CHOOSE SETTING FOR ‘WHEAT BREAD’

Wheat bread needs a tad more kneading & it takes a little longer to rise. This is from the bran in the wheat.  In step 2, knead until the dough is smooth & elastic. In steps 3 and 6, watch for the size of the dough instead of the time listed. Just place it by ‘eye’.

CHOOSE SETTING FOR FRUIT/SEEDS

Fruits, nuts and seeds should be added near the end of the kneading process.  Just add in any fruits/seeds/nuts you’re using in the last couple of kneads. 

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