February 28, 2012

Sure, it’s easy to make dough or bread in the bread machine – but what about other foods? Here are some of my favorite time-saving recipes that are easy to make at home in your bread machine.

Note: Make sure you read the instruction for your bread machine to know how to add your ingredients. 

Pizza Dough

One of my favorite recipes is for pizza dough. I can also use it for calzones or  garlic knots.


  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼  cup oil
  • 3  cups of all purpose flour (you may need to add more if your dough is runny)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 ¼  teaspoon  active dry yeast

Add all the ingredients into your bread machine and set it to the bread cycle. It generally spends 30 minutes mixing and 1 hour rising. Make sure you check it after about 10 minutes to see if you need to add a little more flour or water, depending on the consistency of the dough. You don’t want the dough to be very sticky.

After the dough cycle is complete you can use this for many things!

For Pizza – We have a smaller circular pizza pan and we can make 2 pizzas with this dough. You could freeze half of it or even bake it on a cookie sheet. Roll out your dough on a floured surface to the desired size, top with your favorite toppings, and bake for about 15-20 minutes at 425. You can cook it depending on your taste preference. We like it crispier so we cook it longer.

For Calzones – separate the dough into several balls and roll out on a floured surface  to about ¼- ½  inch thickness. Mix  mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese in a bowl, and place a spoonful on half of the calzone. Then add your favorite toppings. I also sprinkle a little garlic powder into the cheese mixture.  Fold over and use a fork to press down on the edges to seal. Poke the top with the fork so the steam can escape. Bake 15-20 minutes at 425. Dip in tomato sauce.

For Garlic knots – Separate the dough into 2 balls. You may only need to make one ball of dough because it yields a lot of garlic knots. You can freeze the remaining dough. Roll out the ball on a floured surface and use a pizza cutter to cut it into thin strips about 6 inches long. Tie them into small knots and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 425. While the knots are cooking, cut up 6-10 garlic cloves – depending on how much you like garlic. Coat the bottom of a small frying pan with olive oil (about ⅓ cup). Sautee on medium heat until soft. Watch them because they can burn quickly. When the garlic knots are done put them in a large bowl. Pour the olive oil and garlic cloves over the rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve hot!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

These are the only cinnamon rolls I have even been able to make from scratch. It’s really simple!

Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk (Put in your microwave for about 45 seconds.)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I add this first so I can use the same measuring cup for the oil.)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  1. Spray bread machine with Pam.
  2. Place all ingredients in order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer.
  3. When the dough cycle is complete put it on a floured surface.
  4. Preheat oven to 375
  5. Roll out on a floured surface to about 12 x 15″

Filling Mixture 


  • 5 tablespoons of softened butter
  • ½  cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon


  1. Spread softened butter over dough. (I use the back of a spoon.)
  2. Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the butter and lightly press down on it.
  3. Begin to roll it tightly. You will have a long log.
  4. Cut into rolls about ¾ inch wide. You can use a knife or floss to cut in to rolls.
  5. Place rolls on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes. Make sure you don’t over cook them.

I have made as many as 20 rolls with this dough.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk (you can add more if you want it runnier)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Mix together and spread over hot cinnamon rolls and enjoy! You can reheat the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and they will be just as delicious!

Whole Wheat Rolls

Another great dough recipe. We use them for mini sandwiches and sloppy joes. The wheat in the recipe really gives it an awesome flavor.


  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour


  1. Add all the ingredients into your bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. I put all the liquids in the bottom and then add the yeast last.
  2. Set it to the dough cycle.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. When it’s done roll it on a floured surface. Make sure they are not too sticky.
  5. Divide into 12 pieces, shape each into a ball. Place about 3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Buttery Bread Machine Rolls Recipe

These rolls are an excellent addition to dinner. After you bake them you can freeze half of them and have them another time.


  • 1 cup warm milk (microwave for about 25 seconds)
  • ½  cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¼  cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast


  1. In bread machine pan, put all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer.
  2. Select dough setting.
  3. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. Divide dough into 24 portions.
  5. Shape dough into balls.
  6. Place in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan.
  7. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes or until golden brown.

Bread Machine Croissant

I love this recipe for Bread Machine Croissant. We eat them with butter. I have even baked them with mini-chips inside (my kids favorite) or used them to make Pigs In A Blanket.


  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups flour (you can add more during the dough cycle if it’s too runny)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoons yeast


  1. Place all the ingredients in your bread machine. I always put wet ingredients first and yeast last. Set to dough cycle. (I put the milk in the microwave for about 15 seconds.)
  2. When it’s finished (about 90 minutes) take it out of your machine and lay it on a floured surface. I use a pizza cutter to cut into 3 balls.
  3. Roll each ball into a circle (about 9 in in diameter). I am really bad at this. Half of my croissants are odd shaped.
  4. Add (hot dogs, chocolate chips, butter, nothing, etc,) to the croissants.
  5. Start to roll at the top of the triangle – ending at the point.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes (depending on size). I check them about have way through and flip them over so they brown on all sides.

Serve warm and enjoy!