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posted: 04/06/20

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This Easy Sandwich Bread comes together with ingredients already in your refrigerator and pantry. The perfect recipe for even beginner bakers.

a loaf of sandwich bread cut in the middle with slices coming towards the camera

For the longest time, I thought any recipe that uses yeast would be impossible. Not something I could do. But after perfecting my pizza dough recipe, I realized it’s not hard at all!

It’s just a matter of making sure your liquids are the right temperature for the yeast – not so hot it will kill it, not too cold that it won’t rise. Using an instant read thermometer makes it SO EASY.

The same principles apply in this easy sandwich bread recipe! It is loosely based on an American Test Kitchen recipe. I altered some of the ingredients and the kneading process because I wanted to make sure anyone could make this with what they have on hand.

My kids LOVE this recipe! Obsessed.

NOTE: This post contains a LOT of process shots. If you don’t think you need those, you can hit that “Jump To The Recipe” button at the top of the post to skip it.

WHAT MAKES THIS BREAD RECIPE EASY

This recipe is easy for a few key reasons:

  • You don’t need any special ingredients. I swapped the bread flour for all purpose flour and the whole milk for what I had on hand – skim.
  • This bread recipe comes together with just a bowl and a wooden spoon. You don’t need a food processor or a stand mixer with a dough hook.

Now listen. After saying both of those things, I will say if you have bread flour and whole milk on hand you can swap them in (same amounts as listed) as is recommended by ATK.

WHITE BREAD INGREDIENTS

Just a few things needed for this great recipe. For the full recipe and amounts please see the bottom of the post.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Honey

HOW TO MAKE SANDWICH BREAD

Step One: Mix 3 3/4 cups flour (we are saving that last 1/4 cup for the end), the yeast, and the salt in a large bowl.

Heat up the milk, water, and cut up butter in a measuring cup until an instant read thermometer reads between 115 and 120 degrees. Then stir in the honey.

overhead view of a bowl of flour with a wooden spoon next to it and a glass measuring cup filled with melted butter and warm milk

Step Two: Add the liquid ingredients to the dry.

Stir with a wooden spoon adding that remaining 1/4 cup of flour a tablespoon at a time until the bread just begins to not stick to the sides. (It is okay if the bottom still sticks to the bowl.)

overhead view of sandwich bread dough coming together, rough and shaggy with a wooden spoon

Step Three: Turn the bread out onto a clean surface and knead it by hand until it just starts to form until a smooth dough ball.

Return it to a large clean bowl that has been lightly sprayed with oil.

overhead view of sandwich bread dough in a bowl before it has risen

Step Four: Cover the bread tightly with plastic wrap. Set it in a warm place and allow it to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until it doubles in size. (Mine always needs at least 1 1/2 to get there.)

Isn’t it beautiful?

overhead view of a bowl full of risen bread dough

Step Five: Turn the bread out onto a lightly floured surface.

Gently form it into a 9 inch by 9 inch square.

overhead view of bread dough formed into a square

Step Six: Roll the bread up.

a hand rolling up dough for sandwich bread recipe
rolled up sandwich bread dough waiting to be put in a bread pan

Step Seven: Place the dough seam side down in a lightly sprayed bread pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Give it another 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a warm place to double in size.

overhead view of uncooked white bread recipe in a loaf pan

Step Eight: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of butter.

Pour hot water in a baking dish. Place the baking dish in the oven next to the bread.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 200 degrees.

a loaf of sandwich bread dough in a bread pan in an oven with a hand pouring hot water into a square baking dish

Step Nine: Turn the cooked bread out onto a wire rack.

Give it two hours to cool before you slice it.

Enjoy!!

a turkey sandwich with tomatoes and lettuce on a blue plate with a loaf of sliced easy sandwich bread in the background

HOW MUCH DOES IT MAKE?

Slicing like a typical sandwich bread (what you see above), you can get 14 slices out of this loaf of white bread.

STORING & FREEZE

Keep the cooled bread in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Alternatively, you can freeze all or part of this bread by wrapping it several times (I do at two times) with plastic wrap and then putting it an airtight container. The bread will last three months in the freezer. Six months if you have a deep freezer.

a straight on look at white bread sitting on a cutting board against a gray background

OTHER GREAT BREAD RECIPES

If you love making bread, but don’t love using yeast, check out these recipes:

If you make this bread recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a loaf of sandwich bread cut in the middle with slices coming towards the camera
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Easy Sandwich Bread

Serves: 14 slices
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 4 hours
This Easy Sandwich Bread comes together with ingredients already in your refrigerator and pantry. The perfect recipe for even beginner bakers

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour divided (17 ounces OR 480 grams)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (the same as 1 envelope)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided (cut into pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
  • Heat the milk, water, and 3 tablespoons cut up butter in the microwave until it reads between 115 degrees Ferenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (Approximately 1 1/2 minutes, with stirring in between.)
  • Add the honey to the warm milk mixture and pour it over the flour mixture.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl. Add the extra 1/4 cup flour a tablespoon at a time, until the dough just no longer sticks to the sides, though it is fine if it continues to stick to the bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour the dough onto a lighlty flour surface and gently shape into a smooth ball. Put in a lightly oiled large clean bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours in a warm space or until it has doubled in size.
  • Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a 9 inch by 9 inch square. Roll the dough up and place seam side down in a lightly oiled bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Discard the plastic wrap. Brush the risen dough with the reamining 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  • Pour hot water in a pan. Place it in the preheated oven with the risen dough in the bread pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the bread registers 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flip the bread out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing. Approximtaely 2 hours.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to one week. See post for deatils about freezing.
Serving: 1slice Calories: 183kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Cholesterol: 11mg (4%) Sodium: 353mg (15%) Potassium: 2mg Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 6IU Calcium: 6mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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  1. Susan says

    I only have instant yeast. Will it work?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes!

    • Donna Moresea says

      Are you to put the loaf pan in the pan with the water or is the pan with the water on the rack below the loaf pan when baking?

      • Lisa Longley says

        It’s hard to explain it verbally, but if you look at the photo above you can see there is a baking dish next to the bread pan with the dough. They are on the same rack next to each other.

  2. Carol says

    Can this recipe be made in a bread machine? Thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Carol, I don’t have experience with a bread maker. I’d have to defer to the instructions that came with it for how to convert a recipe meant for the oven to the machine.

    • Maggie Jessop says

      Yes it can. I just made a loaf this afternoon. However you may want to reduce the honey just a little because the top rows and then collapsed but the bread still looks beautiful. Texture is great. Also be careful that your bread machine will do a large loaf that takes 4 cups of flour. Mine rose to the very top, almost touching the lid

      • Lisa Longley says

        Thank you for this Maggie! I really appreciate you coming back and letting me know.

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