Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers

Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers- a very simple recipe for a basic white loaf with a lovely crust, that is made in a breadmaker. 

Hands up who loves fresh, crusty bread? Literally everyone's hand should be up! There's nothing like it, that gorgeous smell wafting through the kitchen and then big, thick slices covered in butter. Or doorstopper sandwiches for your picnic or slices to dunk in your soup. Mmmm!

The thing about home-made bread though, is that is quite a bit of effort. All that kneading, and worrying if it's going to rise. Plus here in the Uk, at anytime of year except summer, it's usually too cold to get a reliable rise, unless you have a fancy bread proving drawer (I don't). So I rely completely on my breadmaker. It's the classic Panasonic one that most people have.

I make my favourite crusty white loaf in the breadmaker. It's a basic white loaf, with limited ingredients; crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside and it comes out perfectly, every, single time. I'm only ever 4 hours away from a delicious freshly baked loaf.

Top Tips for making a basic white loaf in the breadmaker

1) Check your own breadmaker's instruction leaflet to make sure you're putting ingredients in the recommended order. For panasonic it's yeast first, then dry ingredients, then wet/liquids.
2) When measuring the water, be precise and make sure it's warm to the touch. Not boiling water. 

Make A Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers

You'll need strong white flour, yeast, salt, sugar and butter. (I know this picture looks like an ad for Sainsbury's, but it's just where I usually shop!)

Put the ingredients into the breadmaker in the order that your model recommends. For Panasonic models, it should be yeast first, then dry ingredients, then liquid.

Set the breadmaker to the setting for a Basic White Loaf, on Panasonic 2500, this is menu 1. And choose your crust setting- I prefer dark so that the crust is crunchier.

Around 4 hours later you'll have a delicious smelling fresh loaf.

Turn out on to a cooling rack and try try try to resist cutting it until it's cool. Unless, of course you're just going to rip big pieces of soft warm bread off and eat it with lashings of butter, in which case, I won't judge you!

It takes practice to master slicing the loaf without cutting massive wedge slices...

bread, breadmaker, Panasonic
Yield: 12 slices

Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 H & 5 M
Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers- a very simple recipe for a basic white loaf with a lovely crust, that is made in a breadmaker.


  • 500g strong white flour
  • 320ml warm water
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 1.5 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp  caster sugar
  • 1 tsp table salt


How to cook Basic Crusty White Loaf for Breadmakers

  1. Check your breadmaker instructions for ingredient order. If in doubt, use the order below.
  2. Add the yeast to the breadmaker pan first.
  3. Then add the flour, sugar and salt.
  4. Add the butter and then pour the liquid over.
  5. Set the breadmaker to basic white, choose the crust level you prefer (I recommend'dark') and click start.
  6. It will bake for around 4 hours
  7. When the breadmaker beeps, carefully remove the pan (using oven gloves to protect your hands,) and place the loaf on a cooling rack.
  8. When completely cooled, slice using a bread knife and enjoy!


Make sure that the water you add is warm, not boiling, and that it is accurately measured.
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