Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread
We do this resolution thing every year, and although I love a good goal setting exercise, we can tend to favor resolutions that are a bit self-deprecating. Maybe you don’t need to hate yourself of that credit card debt or those extra pounds. Maybe our resolutions should be about learning something new, tapping into those great talents we already have and exploring them. Or expanding on interests we already have.
I want to make more food from scratch. I’m already a person who eats very little processed food, but sandwich bread is something I’ve always bought from the store. I buy good bread, but there is always a long list of ingredients most of which I’m not completely sure what it is and one of which may or may not be made from human hair (so gross).
A few weeks ago I started to make my own from scratch. As part of my Sunday routine (a day I’m almost always in the kitchen anyway) it’s become easy, simple, even second nature. It’s also infinitely better tasting and a fraction the price.
And I know all the ingredients, it’s a win all the way around.
Add the flour, yeast and sugar to a stand mixer (sugar feeds yeast so add it to make sure your yeast is nice and active).
Add the milk and water to a microwave safe bowl and heat to 120 to 130 degrees on a cooking thermoeter. This is for Rapid Rise yeast. If you use regular Dry Active yeast, just heat it to 110 (the package will say what temperature is best for the yeast you’re using). Add the warm liquid to the stand mixer and mix on high. once most of the flour has been moistened, add the oil and the salt.
Beat on high until the dough has started to gather around the hook and is no longer sticky, this will take about 8 minutes.
It will look like this for a while:
Keep mixing until it looks like this:
Add to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to sit in a warm room until doubled in size, about an hour.
Knead a few times on a lightly floured surface. Form into a long rectangle (you want the width of the rectangle to be about the length of your loaf pan.)
Preheat your oven to 350.
Roll the rectangle into a log and add to your loaf pan. Cover and allow to rise until about doubles in size.
Brush with melted butter and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour Classic Sandwich Bread Recipe