I played around with basic white bread recipes quite a bit and finally have come up with the perfect soft, fluffy, white bread with air pockets. Maybe a little too soft to slice right away. But if you let it cool a bit, it shouldn't be a problem. Toasted with a little butter and jam, it is a slice of heaven!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
10 mins
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour warm water into the pan of bread machine and stir honey into warm water until dissolved. Add yeast to the mixture and let stand until yeast begins to foam, about 10 minutes. Add flour, olive oil, and salt to the bread pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

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  • Select soft setting if machine has that option; otherwise select regular setting and start the machine. Let finished bread cool before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 27.3g 9% DV; fat 2.7g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 147.6mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
This recipe is lovely and very easy. I made it last night and it was the very first time I had used my hand me down bread maker. The loaf was a little short but I had accidentally had my maker knead the dough twice so I'm not sure if that was a factor. I will be trying this one again :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2013
I make loads of bread in my bread machine--usually I make the dough then pop it in the oven, and I rarely get a loaf of bread that doesn't work out that way. I've made bread we haven't liked as much, but it almost always works this way. I did that with this bread and I have to say that either this is a bread that should only be made in the bread machine (highly unlikely in my opinion), or it's just not a bread that works for us. I doubled the recipe because just by glancing at the ingredients I knew it would be a small loaf; however, that made for a sticky mess in my bread machine. Don't worry, I'm used to them, but after putting it in the oven to rise, it rose too high and I ended up with another sticky mess--and that I'm not used to. I tried again, then let it bake . . .and well, it worked, we got a loaf of bread, but hubs wasn't impressed with this. It does have air pockets, and it's chewy, but it's not that soft--believe me, my husband is a stickler about that, so I would know--and it isn't as tasty as some of the breads I've tried. Although okay, it's not our favorite. However, it does remind me somewhat of English Muffins, so if you like that texture, you may want to be all over this bread. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 80
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
This recipe is lovely and very easy. I made it last night and it was the very first time I had used my hand me down bread maker. The loaf was a little short but I had accidentally had my maker knead the dough twice so I'm not sure if that was a factor. I will be trying this one again :) Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
this is a good bread nice soft and fluffy texture. my loaf also came out short but very good. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2014
This is a great fluffy white bread recipe. One alteration suggestion. If you use bread flood instead of AP floor the bread rises to a full size loaf in the bread machine. Turned out just as fluffy when I made it the second time with the bread flour. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2014
Fabulous! I've made this bread twice this week. One modification: Subtracted 1/8 cup flour and added 1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Wheat Gluten. I couldn't find any notes in the recipe about what size loaf it makes so I took a guess. I set the breadmaker for a 1.5-pound loaf. It rose far, far above the pan - a huge loaf - and was perfectly baked. I've never had a better loaf of bread from my breadmaker. It's almost a delicacy. Read More
(18)
Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2013
I make loads of bread in my bread machine--usually I make the dough then pop it in the oven, and I rarely get a loaf of bread that doesn't work out that way. I've made bread we haven't liked as much, but it almost always works this way. I did that with this bread and I have to say that either this is a bread that should only be made in the bread machine (highly unlikely in my opinion), or it's just not a bread that works for us. I doubled the recipe because just by glancing at the ingredients I knew it would be a small loaf; however, that made for a sticky mess in my bread machine. Don't worry, I'm used to them, but after putting it in the oven to rise, it rose too high and I ended up with another sticky mess--and that I'm not used to. I tried again, then let it bake . . .and well, it worked, we got a loaf of bread, but hubs wasn't impressed with this. It does have air pockets, and it's chewy, but it's not that soft--believe me, my husband is a stickler about that, so I would know--and it isn't as tasty as some of the breads I've tried. Although okay, it's not our favorite. However, it does remind me somewhat of English Muffins, so if you like that texture, you may want to be all over this bread. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
This is the BEST and easiest bread recipe ever! So soft and fluffy! Since I’m using old bread machine set on medium crust-white bread, the first time I tried this, the bread fell. Then, I reduced the yeast to only 1 TSP, it worked out wonderful, although it was kinda short, about 3/4 loaf of the pan. I experimented a few times to get a full loaf: microwave 1 cup of room temperature water for 1 minute, then add honey, stir, and add yeast, then leave it for 10 minutes, then add 2 cups of flour--make sure the flour covers water-honey-yeast mixture, then add the rest of the ingredients. That's it! You'll get a full loaf. I also added 2 TBSP of Golden Flaxseed Meal, and sometimes 2 TBSP almond meal/flour. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
Seriously Easy and I loved the way it turned out!!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2014
HEY GUYS, THIS IS BARBUG, THE WRITER OF THE RECIPE! SO SORRY, BUT FORGOT TO MENTION THIS IS FOR A 1 POUND LOAF! =P So if the bread pan is too big, the loaf could come out short! happy baking! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2017
Bakers - do remember that bread making is a science regardless if you are doing it by hand or in a bread machine. Knowing better, but rushed for time, I followed the directions accordingly and got a very tasty loaf but the rise was not good. This is often a sign that the dough was too wet. (the yeast that I used bloomed beautifully). I now babysit the bread machine while it is in the initial stages of mixing and kneading to make sure the dough has enough flour. I know when it is ready when I can see that it no longer sticks to your finger or to the side of the pan. On average, I am adding up to a 1/4 cup or more of flour - in very small increments- depending on the humidity in the air. I do check the dough right before the second rise as well. By adding these steps, the bread now bakes up to the size of a 2 lb loaf while using ingredients for a 1 lb. We love the lightness of the loaf and it makes for great garlic cheese bread or just toast. Thanks for an easy recipe. Read More
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