Here’s how to use a breadmaker: Remember to add liquids first, then dry ingredients, and finally yeast on top. Put a small crater in the flour and put the yeast in that. You can find recipes on several websites online.
You don’t need to mix anything. Sometimes, I warm up my liquid (water, milk) to 100-110 degrees before putting it in the breadmaker.
Put the pan in the breadmaker and select the type of bread, such as white or wheat. Some breadmakers have you select the size. Often, recipes are for 1 pound loaves.
Once you press Start, the breadmaker should do everything and you can walk away until the bread is baked. Make sure you remove the bread from the pan to a cooling rack immediately and take the mixing paddle out of the bottom of the bread (it often sticks in the bread instead of staying in the pan when you pull the bread out).
If you are doing dough, the bread machine will beep when your dough is finished. Don’t get mixed up with an early beep (often about 30 min. in) that signals when you can add fruits or nuts to your dough (for fruit and nut breads).
Your dough should look like this after a while. It should form a ball and not stick to the sides. If you look at your dough during the mixing stage and see it sticking, add some more flour to the pan.