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Soft White Sandwich Bread

A classic, go-to, simple white bread recipe meant for any sandwich. Also makes amazing toast and is easily adaptable into honey whole wheat loaves.

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Lauren Brennan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2-0.25 oz. packets active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6-7 1/2 cups all purpose flour unbleached
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. In a liquid measuring cup, stir warm water together with yeast and honey. Set aside 10 minutes to proof and bubble up*.
  2. In a large bowl, add 4 cups all purpose flour, sugar, salt and melted butter. Stir together gently. Create a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture.
  3. Start mixing using a large spoon until a dough forms. Switch to kneading with your hands, sprinkling flour into the dough until it is smooth and slightly sticky. It should feel tacky, but not stick to your hands. This process should take about 6 minutes. DO NOT pour entire amount of flour onto dough and try to knead it in. YOU WILL get a tough, dry dough. Just go little by little to get the texture you're looking for.
  4. Place dough into a well greased bowl and roll around to coat. Cover gently with a clean kitchen towel and rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and divide into two even amounts. Gently press into two rectangles the width of your loaf pans. Roll up to form a log and place into greased loaf pan. Cover and rise again for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. After about 30 minutes or rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake loaves for 30-40 minutes or until completely cooked through. Try to not over bake!
  8. Optional step: when bread is removed from the oven and still hot, rub the tops with butter.
  9. Cool 20 minutes in pans before removing to cooling racks. Cool completely before cutting into slices. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator to keep up to 4 days. OR place into the freezer.
  10. For Honey Whole Wheat Bread: you will use 3 cups all purpose flour and 2 1/2 cups to 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. In step 2, add 3 cups all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour to the bowl with the other ingredients. Then as you knead, you will sprinkle in whole wheat flour as needed. (You will not need or use as much whole wheat flour as you would all purpose because the whole wheat flour soaks up more liquid.) The rest of the directions remain the same.