Despite the simplicity of its ingredients--flour, water, salt, and yeast--most Americans purchase their bread at bakeries and supermarkets. However, there is nothing like a loaf of fresh baked, homemade bread. If you have never tried to make your own bread before, this is a great introductory recipe.
A simple combination of flour, yeast, and water, bread has sustained mankind for thousands of years. Despite the simplicity of a loaf of bread, the vast majority of families purchase their bread from grocery stores and bakeries.
Homemade White Sandwich Bread Recipe
- Medium-Sized Bowl
- Electric Mixer
- Loaf Pans
- 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 packages Yeast
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 tbsp Melted Butter for brushing on the loaves
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a dough hook, combine 4 cups of flour, the salt, the sugar, and the yeast with a wooden spoon, stirring to combine.
- Turn the mixer on low and pour in the water and vegetable oil, mixing well until completely combined.
- If you don’t have an electric stand mixer, that’s okay. Simply stir this mixture until thoroughly combined, and then add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. You may not use all the flour.
- Stir or blend with the mixer until the dough begins to form a ball, pulling itself away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
- If you’re using an electric mixer with a dough hook, turn the speed up a little bit to the recommended speed for kneading the dough.
- If you aren’t using a mixer, turn the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface and knead it by hand for about five minutes. Whether you are using an electric mixer or kneading by hand, the dough is adequately kneaded when it is shiny, stretchy, and smooth.
- Oil the mixer bowl and place the dough ball into the bowl, turning it to coat it on all sides with oil.
- Cover the mixing bowl with a clean dish towel and let it sit undisturbed in a warm (75-80 degrees) place for 45 to 60 minutes. This is the first rising, and after about an hour it should be doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces.
- Spray two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
- Roll each half of the bread dough into log shape, turning under any ragged edges to create a smooth top surface of each loaf.
- Cover the loaf pans again with a dish towel and let the loaves sit undisturbed in a warm place for about 30 to 35 minutes to rise again. The loaves should rise until they are about an inch above the top edges of the loaf pan.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and remove the dishtowel from the bread loaves.
- Place them in the center of the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the loaves are lightly browned on top and sound hollow when tapped.
- Remove the pans from the oven, take the loaves out of the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- Brush the bread loaves with the melted butter.
- Cool one hour before slicing.
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