bread machine recipe: paninis

Panini Sandwich Bread: A Bread Machine Recipe

By Polly Conner

Panini sandwich bread makes for a delicious lunch, dinner, or snack. Use your bread machine to whip up a batch of these for your whole family to enjoy!

Aside from tortillas, I don’t think I have bought any type of bread since I got my bread machine a few months ago. Since I meal plan every week, I know in advance when we are going to need some type of bread so I plan to have time to make it earlier that day.

We had a bunch of extra turkey from Christmas so our plan was to make turkey and pesto paninis one night for dinner. I looked at a few recipes for panini bread online and found this one (sorry, I don’t have the original source!).

They were really easy to make and turned out so good! They had a hint of sweetness and a lighter texture than normal bread. We used them for paninis but this bread recipe could be used for any sandwich. In fact, one morning I just warmed it up and put some honey and butter on it and my daughter scarfed it down.

Panini sandwich bread makes for a delicious lunch, dinner, or snack. Use your bread machine to whip up a batch of these for your whole family to enjoy!

I will definitely be making these again soon!

bread machine recipe: paninis

Panini Sandwich Bread: A Bread Machine Recipe

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Panini Sandwich Bread that is homemade press-worthy perfection!


  • 1 1/4 cups milk, slightly warmed
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


  1. Place all ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Select dough setting.
  3. When cycle is complete, turn out onto floured surface and divide into 10 pieces.
  4. Shape into 6-inch oblongs for panini style rolls.
  5. Flatten them down pressing with your hand or rolling pin.
  6. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  8. Brush with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Oven temperatures vary so check after 9 minutes to see if done.

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20 replies
  1. Cecilia says:

    Hi. It’s my first time making bread and I don’t have a bread maker. Can I know how to make this bread without a bread machine?

    • Rachel says:

      I’m so sorry but we haven’t testing this one without a bread machine. But definitely check out the Homemade Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe on our site. It’s my absolute favorite.

  2. Helene Berg says:

    I love this recipe because it’s so easy and fast. I make bread about twice a week and send most of it home with guests who come for dinner. I am finding my panini dough isn’t rising in that 45 minutes. I’ve let it sit longer but that doesn’t seem to help. Even when baked, it doesn’t seem to rise much and is a challenge to cut in half because each half is paper thin. What am I doing wrong? Since I make bread often, I go through flour and yeast, etc., quickly so those ingredients are not stale. These taste great but are messy because the bread is so thin. Help!

  3. Mae says:

    made it!! Love it! Was not sure with the quarter cup sugar but turn out such a wow! I used soya milk as that’s what I have in hand. Smell great! Not sure if it’s the soya milk or the butter…

  4. Bites Coffee House says:

    This bread has to work really well with some mozzarella and ham, and then toasted in a panini machine. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Even if you have a bread machine, I think you can make it with your hands without problem.

  5. Marita says:

    Hi. Just wanted to say I made these tonight, suppose to be for tomorrow lunch and my 12 yr old has fallen in love. I pop everything in my machine according to the machine manual, the only thing I did was swap the butter for canola oil using the same amount.
    Virginia, cover and rise would be the second rise after you have formed the ‘rolls’. To work out grams and mills just google it. If you type in what is 3 3/4 cups of bread flour in grams, you will find there are websites that have converters available.
    Many thanks for a beautiful light fluffy roll that my kids love and I don’t have to run to the store all the time!

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks for letting us know about your success and your swap outs. What a great feeling when all that work ends with your kids loving it and you saving money! Great job momma.

  6. Virginia Kwan says:

    Dear Polly,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I would like to ask few questions:

    1) “Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes…” is it a first or second rise?
    2) May I know how many grams for 3 3/4 cups bread flour?
    3) How many “ml” for 1 1/4 cups milk?

    Many many thanks.

  7. Stephanie Bragg says:

    OMG. these are the best rolls I have ever had. I’ve tried MANY different bread recipes and this is hands down my and my husband’s favorite. The consistency and flavor of the bread is to die for. This will be my roll recipe ALL the time now!

  8. Anna says:

    I know it’s a while since you posted this, but I have a question about the butter. Is it cold, softened or melted? Also, I am accustomed to using Instant/Rapid Rise Yeast on a quick bake bread machine cycle. If I’m using active yeast, do you normally activate it for say 10min in the milk? Or just add it in the machine! If so, do you mix it with the liquid, or keep it separate as is done with Instant Yeast?

    I can’t wait to try these!

    • Polly says:

      I usually just cut up my butter (cold) and toss it in there. I haven’t had any problems doing that so far! If you are using a bread machine, do NOT activate your yeast ahead of time. Your machine will do all the work for you. It’s hard to give you specific instructions because I don’t know what type of machine you have but most machines are designed to keep the yeast away from the warm water until the appropriate time. That is why it is added last on top of all the dry ingredients. Hope it works out for you!

  9. Tracey Grzanich says:

    do you have any creative suggestions for the type of panini to make? do you heat the bread and sandwich in anyway or bake in the oven? Thanks!

    • Polly says:

      I’ve done it two ways so far and both worked fine.
      1) I brushed the outside of the bread with a little olive oil and used the George Foreman Grill
      2) After brushing the outside of the bread with olive oil, I used a flat grill on the stove, used medium-high heat, and let it cook on each side for about 5 minutes while pressing down on the sandwich with a spatula.

      You can get creative with the type of panini you want to make. We made them with leftover turkey, pesto, grilled onions, and swiss cheese. They were REALLY yummy!