Sandwich bread can be made at home with just 7 ingredients—flour, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, water and milk. The bread is soft and much better than store-bought bread!
Course Bread, Lunch
Keyword Homemade Sandwich Bread, Sandwich Bread
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Resting Time 3hours
Total Time 3hours40minutes
Author Haley D Williams
3/4cup(180 mL) warm water,approximately 110° F
1/4cup(60 mL) warm whole milk,approximately 110° F (low-fat milk works too)
2 1/4teaspoonsinstant yeast(one yeast packet)
2Tablespoons(25 g) granulated sugar
3cups(375 g) all purpose flour(or bread flour)
Prep the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together warm water, warm milk, instant yeast and sugar. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Add melted butter, salt and 1 cup flour to the mixture. Attach dough hook to mixer and stir ingredients together on low speed, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and add 1 cup flour. Turn mixer to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup flour and mix again on medium speed for 2 minutes until the dough starts forming a ball on pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead the dough: Either keep kneading the dough in the mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or by hand on a floured surface for 2 minutes.
First rise: Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen cloth or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Form the loaf: Punch the dough down to release air. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Use a floured rolling pin to shape dough into a large rectangle—roughly 15-inches by 8-inches (it doesn't have to be perfect). Starting at the short end, roll the dough into an 8-inch log. Place log into a lightly greased 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
Second rise: Cover the loaf pan with a clean kitchen cloth. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour.
Bake the bread: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake bread for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top of the loaf is a nice golden color and when tapped gently the loaf sounds hollow. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
How to store homemade sandwich bread: Store in a bread bag or cover the loaf pan tightly. Bread will keep at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.How to freeze sandwich bread dough: After rolling the dough into a log and before the second rise, place the dough in a loaf pan, cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Let the dough defrost in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature. Allow the dough to rise for 3 or 4 hours before baking according to instructions.