How to Make Homemade Sandwich Bread

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It was a busy week as we prepared for the second cutting at the hayfield. I am going to show you how to make homemade sandwich bread as I prepared a bunch of sandwiches for the family.

loaf of homemade sandwich bread with 7 slices laying on the cutting board in front of the rest of the loaf

Quick and Easy

I love this recipe because I don’t have to actually proof the yeast! Yes, I’ll say that again, you don’t have to proof the yeast. You simply warm up the milk, honey, and butter in the microwave and then start tossing the rest of the ingredients in the mixer. It is essentially foolproof. I also love this recipe because when I haven’t planned ahead and I need some sandwich bread that day, I can whip this up in less than 2 hours. It also makes 3 good size loaves of bread. Therefore, if I am having family over, I can make a batch of homemade sandwich bread and we can do grilled cheese for lunch and then use the leftovers for delicious cinnamon french toast in the morning.

two loaves of bread rising in loaf pans on the stove top. The dough has doubled and there is four dusted on the surface

Homemade Sandwich Bread Ingredients

2 1/2 Cups of milk

1/3 Cup of honey

1/4 Cup of unsalted butter

2 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast

1 Egg beaten

2 tsps of salt

5-7 Cups of flour

How to Make Homemade Sandwich Bread

Step 1

In a glass bowl or a glass 4 cup measuring cup, pour out 2 and 1/2 cups of milk. Then add 1/3 of a cup of honey. Lastly, slice up 1/4 of a cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter and add it to your dish.

Step 2

Place your glass dish with the milk, honey, and butter in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir, and then microwave it again for 45 seconds. You want the liquid to be lukewarm. Your butter chunks might not be completely melted and that’s okay. If you have a weaker microwave, put it in for another 45 seconds. Or, if your microwave is very powerful, scale back on the time or allow your liquids to cool till they are lukewarm.

Step 3

In a mixer with a paddle attachment, add your lukewarm liquids, 2 and 1/2 tsps of yeast, 1 beaten egg, and 2 tsps of salt. Allow it to mix for 20 seconds or so while you pull out your flour.

Step 4

One cup at a time, start to add your flour. Keep your mixer on low to avoid a big poof. I usually add 5-6 cups of flour. You want your dough to just start to come together before you switch to the dough hook. Change your attachment to the dough hook or begin kneading by hand.

Step 5

With the dough hook on, add your last cup of flour. Knead on low for 6 minutes.

Step 6

Grease 3 regular-size loaf pans. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

Step 7

On a well floured surface, make a ball with your dough. Divide it into three equal parts. Roll each part out two the length of your pan and place the dough in the pan.

Step 8

Cover your pans with a dishtowel and allow the loaves to rise in the warm oven for 30-40 minutes. Once they have doubled in size, remove them from the oven and take off the dishtowel.

Step 9

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Step 10

Remove the loaves from the pans and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack.

Three baked loaves of sandwich bread in their loaf pans on a cooling rack. The middle loaf rose the most and is larger than the two on either side of it.

Storage Tips

For my small family, this recipe makes a lot of bread! If you don’t use it up fast enough, it will mold after a few days. To keep your bread fresh, you can store it in bread bags or a bread bin for a few days on the counter. Now, these loaves rise beautifully and they are too tall for my bread container so I store them in a cake keeper. After around 5 days depending on your climate and the temperature of your home, store it in the fridge.

Ways to Use Up Your Homemade Sandwich Bread

Like I’ve said, this recipe gives you a lot of delicious homemade sandwich bread. So if you have a smaller family like mine, here are a few ways to use up your homemade sandwich bread:

  • Deli meat sandwiches
  • PB&J sandwiches
  • French Toast
  • Breakfast Toast
  • Grilled cheese sanwiches
  • Garlic bread
  • Homemade Bread crumbs for salads or stuffing
A roasted turkey sandwich on homemade bread. It has the top slice of bread followed by crisp green lettuce, two slices of turkey, and mayonnaise and mustard spread on the bottom slice of bread. The sandwich is sitting on a cutting board.

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Yield: 3 Loaves of Bread

How to Make Homemade Sandwich Bread

homemade sandwich bread on a cutting board with the first half of it cut into slices

Soft, easy to make, and perfect for sandwiches. This homemade sandwich bread makes three loaves and your family will love it.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 1/2 tsps of dry active yeast
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsps of salt
  • 5-7 cups of flour

Instructions

    1. In a glass bowl or a glass 4 cup measuring cup, pour out 2 and 1/2 cups of milk. Then add 1/3 of a cup of honey. Lastly, slice up 1/4 of a cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter and add it to your dish.

    2. Place your glass dish with the milk, honey, and butter in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir, and then microwave it again for 45 seconds. You want the liquid to be lukewarm. Your butter chunks might not be completely melted and that's okay.

    3. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, add your lukewarm liquids, 2 and 1/2 tsps of yeast, 1 beaten egg, and 2 tsps of salt. Allow it to mix for 20 seconds or so while you pull out your flour.

    4. One cup at a time, start to add your flour. Keep your mixer on low to avoid a big poof. I usually add 5-6 cups of flour. You want your dough to just start to come together before you switch to the dough hook. Change your attachment to the dough hook or begin kneading by hand.

    5. With the dough hook on, add your last cup of flour. Knead on low for 6 minutes.

    6. Grease 3 regular-size loaf pans. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

    7. On a well floured surface, make a ball with your dough. Divide it into three equal parts. Roll each part out two the length of your pan and place the dough in the pan.

    8. Cover your pans with a dishtowel and allow the loaves to rise in the warm oven for 30-40 minutes. Once they have doubled in size, remove them from the oven and take off the dishtowel.

    9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes.

    10. Remove the loaves from the pans and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack.

Notes

Store your bread in bread bags or a bread bin on the counter for a few days. After around 4 or 5 days, depending on your climate and the temperature of your home, store it in the fridge. You can even wrap the loaves and store them in the freezer if needed.

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