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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread

I have been making my own homemade sandwich bread on and off for a few months now for a couple of reasons....it taste BETTER, it's cheaper and healthier.


I have been experimenting with different homemade bread recipes.  I have tried a few that were flops and have had a few successes, but I think this is the perfect homemade white whole wheat (you can use white flour too) sandwich bread recipe!


If you've been thinking about trying to make your own homemade sandwich bread, you should try this recipe.  This bread is perfect for PB & J sandwiches, toast, cold cuts, grilled cheese, and french toast to name a few.  My favorite way to eat this bread is with butter.  Warm, soft bread with butter...nothing is better than that!



Homemade Sandwich Bread


This recipe makes 2 loaves.

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 cup warm water


2 tablespoons butter (melted)


1 cup milk 


2 tablespoons white sugar or honey


1 tablespoon salt


5 1/2  unbleached AP flour or bread flour



Pour water into bowl of a standing mixer (if using) or mixing bowl and pour the yeast over top. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.


Melt the butter in microwave. Mix the butter, milk, sugar, and salt and 1 cup of flour over the yeast. Stir until this comes together. Then add the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time.  It will be sticky.

Kneading: I used the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, knead the dough for 8 minutes. You can knead by hand on the counter, if you do not have a mixer. If the dough is sticky, add extra flour, a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. When it is smooth and forms a ball, it is done.


After kneading dough, oil bowl and form a ball, put dough in bowl and let it rise for about an hour, in a warm spot, until it doubles in size.   


Now that the dough has doubled, dust flour on the counter and turn the dough out. 


Divide the dough in half and shape into balls. Let rest for 10 minutes.


Grease two loaf pans. Shape each ball of dough into a loaf  and transfer to pans and gently press to fit into loaf pan.  Let the loaves rise in pans for 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. 

You can slice the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife (sometimes I forget that part) before putting them in the oven.  


 Bread will be golden-brown. 
Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool completely before slicing.
Bread will keep at room temperature for several days (if it lasts that long).


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HOMEMADE SANDWICH BREAD

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup milk 
2 tablespoons white sugar or honey
1 tablespoon salt
5 1/2  unbleached AP flour or bread flour

  • Pour water into bowl of a standing mixer (if using) or mixing bowl and pour the yeast over top. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Melt the butter in microwave. Mix the butter, milk, sugar, and salt and 1 cup of flour over the yeast. Stir until this comes together. Then add the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time.  It will be sticky.
  • Kneading: I used the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, knead the dough for 8 minutes.   If the dough is sticky, add extra flour, a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. When it is smooth and forms a ball, it is done.
  • After kneading dough, oil bowl and form a ball, put dough in bowl and let it rise for about an hour, in a warm spot, until it doubles in size.   
  • Now that the dough has doubled, dust flour on the counter and turn the dough out.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape into balls. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Grease two loaf pans. Shape each ball of dough into a loaf and transfer to pans and gently press to fit into loaf pan.  Let the loaves rise in pans for 30 minutes.
  • Slit the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. 
Using the bread slicer ensures even slices.

ENJOY!

11 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! You have inspired me to make some bread...and with my herd, we go through a lot!

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  2. I am so happy! I really want this recipe to encourage people to try making their own bread.

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    1. I just wanted to let you know that I made your recipe last night and it turned out so great I just had to make a post about it myself! Thank you for sharing - with 3 boys we go through A LOT of bread! http://treatsbytanya.blogspot.com/2014/06/best-diy-bread.html

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    2. That is great! We go through a lot of bread too. :)

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  3. Slice the bread thin for the PB & J sandwiches, or one will hurt themselves. It’s just so good! It’s like eating a true slice of heaven.

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  4. This looks so good. And fairly easy. I've made bread maybe once in my life - but you might have encouraged me to give it a try!

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  5. I have never used the white whole grain flour before. i am going to get some at our grand opening of our new Grocery outlet next weekend. I need to get a slicer also. Thanks for the information!

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    1. You're welcome! I wish we had an outlet grocery store!

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  6. I tried this bread out and it is delicious!

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