I love my bread machine. My mother-in-law gave it to me shortly after I married her handsome son. It's very easy to use and has lasted for over 10 years. I've tried dozens of recipes over the years, trying to get the perfect loaf of white bread. I finally found it. It's so easy!
I often measure out the dry ingredients (minus the yeast) into Ziploc bags and store in the freezer so I always have it on hand. I set up an assembly line on the counter until I have several batches bagged up. Then I can just grab a bag out of the freezer, dump it into the bread machine pan, add the wet ingredients and yeast, and start pressing buttons. A few minutes filling up Ziploc bags saves me tons of time later.
Foolproof Bread for the Bread Machine
1 cup warm water
3 TBSP olive oil
3 cups bread flour
3 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 teas salt
2 1/4 (or one pkg) dry yeast
Add the ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order recommended by your machine. Select the white bread setting and press start. My machine also has a medium or dark crust setting. I always choose medium.
Sometimes I add garlic powder and Italian seasoning if I'm making bread to accompany pasta. I've also added grated Parmesan cheese and pepper. You can add whatever seasonings or spices you like.
Serve warm with butter. Lots of melty butter!