Friday, April 26, 2013

Classic White Sandwich Bread

Classic White Sandwich Bread

I am headed off to sunny California this morning.  The Big Travelling Potluck is this weekend and I’m off to meet up with Ali, Jackie, Carrian and lots of other blogging friends for what I’m sure will be an amazing weekend.  I’ll be sharing all about the trip next week but follow along on Instagram over the weekend.

I have noticed a trend lately.  That is, I see it, I crave it.  And you know what I have been seeing a lot of lately?  Classic white sandwich bread.

I’m not going to deny that this could have something to do with my crazy sandwich addiction because I’m convinced that it does.  But the more I saw people creating these amazing loaves of beautiful sandwich bread, the more I wanted one myself.

And my goodness, if I could take the time each week to make a loaf of this stuff, I would make some killer sandwiches…and probably gain a few extra pounds.  I used a recipe from King Arthur Flour that, based on the reviews, was a sure-fire winner.  I made only a couple of small changes and it was just that – a winner.  It’s so soft and fluffy and flavorful!  I don’t remember the last time I had a loaf of white sandwich bread with so much flavor.  I’m sold on milk powder in the dough – that has to be the secret because there was just this little hint of sweetness that you don’t find in store-bought loaves.  And you better believe that I tested – and approved – it’s grilled cheese making ability!

Can you tell I really loved this bread?   You will, too, I promise!

Classic White Sandwich Bread

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Classic White Sandwich Bread

A fail-proof recipe for homemade white sandwich bread - fluffy, flavorful and perfect for your favorite sandwich.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 Tbs. honey
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active-dry yeast – I use Red Star Yeast Platinum
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 Tbs. soft butter
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup milk powder

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, honey, and yeast and let it proof for 5 minutes, until the yeast is bubbly. Add the salt, butter, flour and milk powder and mix until the dough is smooth – it won’t be too sticky but won’t be completely smooth either; this should take about 4 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough is smooth. Form into a ball.

Spread about two teaspoons of oil in a large glass bowl. Place the dough into the bowl, cover with a tea towel and let it rise for 60-90 minutes in the warmest place in your house . The dough will be puffy and almost doubled in size.

Gently punch down the dough ball and shape it into a 9-inch loaf. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and place the loaf into the pan. Cover with the tea towel and let it rise again, for 60-90 minutes, until the top is crowned about 1 inch over the rim of the pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 20 minutes and then lightly cover the top with foil and bake an additional 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven, remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Store the cooled bread wrapped in plastic wrap.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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50 Responses to “Classic White Sandwich Bread”

  1. #
    katie — April 26, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Oh my… this looks great. I can’t remember the last time I ate white bread! Now that I’m baking with yeast… I need to get making this asap! Have fun in Cali!

  2. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 26, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    My jam should totally be friends with your bread. Have fun in Cali!

  3. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — April 26, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    You are one step ahead of me! This is a version of one of the recipes we made at Blog & Bake and I’m planning to share it next week too! Your loaf looks perfectly fluffy!

    Have an amazing time at Big Traveling Potluck! I’m going to the East Coast one this summer- so excited to hear all about it!!

  4. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 26, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I made sandwich bread last week! Yours looks nice and soft and fluffy!

    Can’t wait to meet you later today. WOW!!!!!!!

  5. #
    Tasha @ Thatssoyummy — April 26, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Your bread looks perfect! Yum!

  6. #
    Rachel Cooks — April 26, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Ali, Jackie, Carrian and YOU? Sigh–wish I was tagging along! Have fun! Pinning this bread!

  7. #
    Tracey — April 26, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    Homemade bread really is the best, store-bought can’t even come close. And yes milk powder has completely magical properties! Have a blast in California!! :)

  8. #
    Rebecca {Foodie with Family} — April 26, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    My word, I wish I was going to the Potluck, too! This sandwich bread looks perfect! I just finished off eating a loaf of that that I made with my boys yesterday. (I HAD to make bread with them after getting home from King Arthur Flour, of course!) It really is the perfect white sandwich bread recipe!

  9. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 26, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    This bread is stunning!! My aunt makes white bread every week for her husband’s lunches. It is my dream that wife one day!!

  10. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — April 26, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    And to think I’m only 7 hours further north. Why does CA have to be so big?? One of these days I will overcome my fear of yeast and start making bread from scratch. It’s on my bucket list!

  11. #
    Tieghan — April 26, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Since I am sad I am not headed to CA with all you guys, I am so making this bread and making a killer sandwich with it!! Looks perfect!

  12. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 26, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    This bread looks perfect! Have a great time this weekend. Sounds like it will be a blast! :)

  13. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 26, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Homemade bread is the best! What a fabulous recipe :)

  14. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 26, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    i love baking bread with milk powder! so good :)

  15. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 26, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    So, major! Friend you really need to show me how to bake someday! Love it! And have in Cali!

  16. #
    Kathryn — April 26, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Beautiful Cassie!

  17. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 26, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Love this sandwich bread, Cassie! Have a fabulous weekend!

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 26, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    This looks amazing, Cassie!! I love homemade white bread… nothing better. Have a great time in Cali this weekend!

  19. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 26, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    That is one sexy looking loaf!

  20. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 26, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    This bread looks delicious! Hope you have a great trip!

  21. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 26, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Sandwiches are the best food in the world! I think I will be making myself a sandwich for lunch actually ;) Now if only i could make this bread before lunch…

  22. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — April 26, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I’M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TODAY! And this post reminds of how much I need to start making my own sandwich bread, it’s way too cheap, easy and delicious for me to be still buying it from the store.

  23. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — April 26, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Homemade white bread makes for some super tasty sandwiches that can’t be beat! Have fun in California.

  24. #
    JanetFCTC — April 26, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    I was one of those doing the sandwich bread lately myself and I have a confession. NONE of it made it to an actual sandwich hehe…. it was too good warm with butter. And now I have your recipe to try to add another five pounds to my hips. it looks great!

  25. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 26, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    This bread looks perfect for toasting and slathering with butter and jam! Or piling high with meats and toppings! Thanks for the fab recipe, Cassie. Have a great weekend!

  26. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 26, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    Oh you, making your own sandwich bread! errr…I need to get in to bread baking!

  27. #
    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — April 26, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    This looks perfect! Nothing in the world beats homemade bread.

  28. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — April 26, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous bread, Cassie! :)

  29. #
    Joanne — April 26, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few white bread recipes in my day and yet none with milk powder! That must be the secret ingredient to this beauty!

  30. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 26, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    I can only imagine the yummy sandwiches this bread would make! Have an awesome weekend!

  31. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 27, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    Your bread looks perfect for a PB&J or a panini!

  32. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — April 28, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    Everyone needs a good homemade sandwich bread, yours looks wonderful! Have a great time – hope California is super inspiring for you!

  33. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 28, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Whoa. The last picture… your bread is so evenly browned. It’s amazing! Or perhaps I’m just awful at bread making. ;)

    I hope you’re having fun at the potluck! I guess I need to check IG more often.

  34. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — April 28, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    You know that I love a good classic white loaf. This one looks amazing!

  35. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — April 28, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Oh, yum. Is there anything better than good white bread with butter?

  36. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — April 28, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    This looks incredible. My biggest gripe with home made bread is that it is never fluffy enough. I love the addition of honey as a natural sweetener. Well done!

  37. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 28, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    This bread looks absolutely perfect! I need to get over my fear of baking bread, I know it’s so much better!

  38. #
    Jess — April 28, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    Oh the potluck! So fun – hope you had a great time, Cassie!!! I have a go-to whole wheat sandwich bread recipe, but not a white one. Will definitely try this one out over the weekend – whole wheat works with lots of stuff but there’s nothing like good, fluffy white sandwich bread for grilled cheeses!

  39. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 29, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    Is there anything better than homemade bread?!

    So glad I finally got to see you, Cassie! I hope it isn’t too long before I see you again :)

  40. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    There is nothing like fresh baked bread! Beautiful loaf!

  41. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Yes! I love milk powder in bread dough!!!

  42. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — April 29, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I hope you had a great time on your trip! I’m totally in love with baking my own bread and this looks like a winning recipe for sure.

  43. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 29, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    The loaf is perfect :) this is a great recipe!

  44. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 29, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I can almost smell this baking, so terrific and comforting. Beautiful!

  45. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — April 30, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Looks delicious! But what I want to know is how you manage to slice it so thin? I always end up with slices that are at least an inch thick, lol.

  46. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — May 1, 2013 @ 4:46 am

    This bread looks absolutely delicious, so light and fluffy I’m going to have to try this recipe!

  47. #
    Marly — May 1, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    I remember this kid at school that always came with homemade lunches…and always homemade bread on his sandwiches. I remember thinking then that his mom must love him so much. Seriously. That’s what I thought! Now I must go make homemade bread to show my family how much I love them!

  48. #
    Christy — May 14, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I have never made bread before and just tried this today, needless to say it is AWESOME! We don’t normally eat white bread but I wanted to start off simple, as the bread is still sitting here warm from the oven my two year old is hollering for MORE!

  49. #
    tonya — February 26, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    Is milk powder the same thing as powdered milk?

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