This is a Basic White Bread recipe which I use religiously. From this recipe I can spin off and create a variety of many tasty foods. I do use a bread machine as it is difficult for me to knead dough for 20 minutes. I find the machine does a much better job than I at kneading bread dough.
Basic White Bread
(if using the machine it is important to place the ingredients as listed)
1 1/4 c hot water
1/4 c vegetable oil
3 T sugar
2c all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
1c all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast (or package of active dry yeast)
Close the lid to the machine and press the start button. In 3 hours your house will smell of the aroma of fresh baked bread.