I must confess that I don't usually make homemade bread. At least not until I picked up a bread machine. Making bread always seemed so intimidating and now I just dump everything into a machine and it does it for me.

I grew up helping my grandmother make the most awesome homemade rolls. I have many memories of standing her her kitchen kneading the dough. I can still see her hands as they worked.

If you like the taste of homemade bread but don't have the time to do it by hand, pick up a bread machine. You can buy them second hand at yard sales and thrift stores if you don't want to spend the money for a new one.  I have now been using my $2 bread machine from Goodwill for over 15 years.


  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (microwave mine for 30 seconds)


Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select White Bread cycle; press Start. It's that easy!