bread machine recipe: paninis

Panini Sandwich Bread: A Bread Machine Recipe

By Polly Conner
January 2, 2021
Panini sandwich bread made from a bread machine

I use my bread machine to make so much more than just bread. In fact, one of our most popular recipes on this site is for our Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls! My kids love these Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls too. So when I got the itch to make some homemade panini bread, I know my bread machine could do the trick.

They were really easy to make and turned out so good! They had a hint of sweetness and a lighter texture than normal bread.

What is a Panini Anyway?

panini or panino (meaning “bread roll”) is a sandwich made with Italian bread usually served warmed by grilling or toasting.

Homemade Panini Bread

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.

Ways to Use Panini Bread

Typically anything that would work for a grilled sandwich will work on a panini.

My personal favorite is our Turkey Pesto Paninis. Here are a few more Panini recipe ideas if you need some inspiration.

Panini sandwich bread made from the bread machine

Can I Freeze Panini Bread?

You bet! Just like many household staples that you can freeze (tortillas, green onions, shredded cheese, muffins, etc.) paninis work well to freeze and thaw. Simply place in an airtight container, minimizing as much air exposure as possible. Let thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes before using!

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: 810 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!