Here's another question. How good are those pre- measured boxes one finds in the grocery store where all you add is water?
Get through the Basic White and we can move on to other recipes.
My machine is a Breadman. Some of the instructions here might be brand specific. Here is a recipe for Basic White Bread. It is important to have "fresh" ingredients. So when you buy your bread flour, also get a Tupperware-type container to store the unused flour, especially important in humid climates.
Let's make a 1 lb loaf.
1 cup water @ at least 100 degrees
4 teaspoons oil
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon dry milk
3-1/2 teaspoons Super Rapid Type Yeast
The idea here is for you to get familiar with how the machine works. I can adjust, for example, for how dark the crust is.