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The Best White Sandwich Bread

This white sandwich bread is so soft and fluffy, and perfect for making anything from PB&J to grilled cheese. It’s the best!

This white sandwich bread is so soft and fluffy, and perfect for everything from PB&J to grilled cheese. It's the absolute best!

At one point in my life, I set a goal to make all (or almost all) of our bread. Surprisingly, I was successful at it for several years. I was a stay at home mom with two small kids and a tight budget, and making my own bread was a way to make those pennies stretch a little further. I could mix up the dough or shape loaves in between nursing sessions and diaper changes and preschool pick ups. My littles loved having a slice of warm bread as a snack, and it was a sweet time in our life. In the years since then, life has gotten much busier. I don’t always have time to make our bread, but I still try to make time for it regularly. This white sandwich bread is one of the breads I make most often, and for good reason!

This white sandwich bread is so soft and fluffy, and perfect for everything from PB&J to grilled cheese. It's the absolute best!

This bread is so versatile and makes delicious sandwiches, from grilled cheese to PB&J. It’s also lovely for toast, or just topped with a little butter and honey. The recipe makes three large loaves, but you can definitely scale it down to 1/3 of the recipe if you just need one loaf. It freezes well, and I usually keep a loaf or two on hand in the freezer for when we are craving homemade bread. Before freezing, I like let it cool completely, then slice it and put it in a bread bag. That way, it’s easy to pull out a slice or two as needed if we don’t want to thaw the whole loaf.

I’ve made this bread with both bread flour and all-purpose flour, as well as a combination, and it’s delicious any way you make it. I generally prefer it with bread flour, because the end result is a little chewier. I also like the texture of the crust more with the bread flour, but it’s great either way!

This white sandwich bread smells absolutely fantastic as it bakes, and makes the whole house feel warm and cozy. Whenever my kids come home from school and smell fresh bread, their eyes light up! It’s the perfect after school snack. We also love it as a side with soup, or toasted into garlic bread. It’s so versatile and delicious!

White Sandwich Bread

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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Rise Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast or the equivalent of two packets
  • 3 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature and cut into pieces
  • 9-10 cups bread flour
  • additional butter for brushing the tops of the loaves

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar. When the yeast is bubbled and foamy, mix in the salt and the butter. Slowly mix in 5 cups of flour, mixing on low speed until smooth. Gradually add the remaining flour, adding just enough to make a smooth and slightly sticky dough. Knead on low speed for 10 minutes. Lightly grease a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in the greased bowl and turn to coat with spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425. When the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into three equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll each rectangle up into a cylinder, and place each seam-side down in a lightly-greased bread pan (I used 9 inch bread pans). Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
  • When the loaves have risen, place them in the preheated oven and bake 15 minutes. Cover the tops of the loaves with foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake another fifteen minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Let cool completely before slicing.
Servings: 24
This white sandwich bread is so soft and fluffy, and perfect for everything from PB&J to grilled cheese. It's the absolute best!

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