Step 1: Step 1
Portion the flour, yeast and warm water, and a pinch or two of salt. For a 1-pound loaf of bread, measure 1 cup each of flour and water, and 2 1/4 teaspoons of active-dry instant yeast. To make a 1 1/2-pound loaf of bread, measure 1 1/2 cups each of flour and water, and 1 tablespoon of active-dry yeast. For a 2-pound loaf of bread, measure 2 cups each of flour and water, and 4 1/2 teaspoons of active-dry instant yeast.
Step 2: Step 2
Remove the loaf pan from the bread maker and attach the kneading blade. Add the ingredients in the following order: water, flour and yeast. Return the loaf pan to the bread maker and close the cover.
Step 3: Step 3
Press the Menu button until the display shows the type of bread you are making; options include Basic, Whole Wheat and French, depending on the model of bread maker. When you have reached your selection, press OK.
Step 4: Step 4
Select the level of doneness when prompted: options include Light, Medium and Dark.
Step 5: Step 5
Choose the size of loaf when prompted: 1 pound, 1 1/2 pounds or 2 pounds.
Step 6: Step 6
Press Start. The bread maker beeps five consecutive times when ready; it takes about 1 hour to finish a 1-pound loaf. The bread maker keeps bread warm for up to 1 hour.