Using an Oster Breadmaker with Express Bake and a basic recipe, you can make a 2-pound loaf of traditional white bread. This process takes about 4 hours.
- Prepare the bread machine
Without plugging the bread machine into a power outlet, open the lid, and remove the baking pan. Clean the baking pan, if necessary, and attach the kneading blade to the pan.
- Add the liquid ingredients
Measure 1 3/8 cups of room-temperature water, and pour it in the baking pan. Add 2 tablespoons of softened butter or margarine to the pan.
- Add the dry ingredients
Measure 4 cups of bread flour by overfilling a measuring cup and then leveling the flour with a knife or spatula. Pour the flour into the baking pan. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of dry milk, and 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt to the pan.
- Add the yeast
With your finger, form a hole in the flour about 2 inches in diameter. Measure 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast, and pour it in the hole, making sure the yeast does not come into contact with any wet ingredients.
- Get ready to bake the bread
Insert the baking pan into the bread machine, close the lid of the machine, and plug the power cord into a wall outlet. Press the Crust Color button to select a setting, such as Medium, and then read the time setting to learn how long the machine needs to bake the bread.
- Bake the bread
Press the Start/Stop button. The machine begins to mix the ingredients. During the baking cycle, the machine kneads, shapes and bakes the bread.