In my opinion, fresh baked bread simply cannot be beat. Whether it is slathered with jam, dipped in a savory soup, or simply delivering your favorite sandwich ingredients to your mouth, a light, chewy, homemade bread is one of the best treats around.
The recipe I am sharing with you today is my goto sandwich bread, which I make at least once a week for our lunches. It is ridiculously easy to prepare, and it works well with any meal. A word of warning, however; once you smell the bread baking in the oven, and that incredible warm aroma fills your home, you may never go back to store bought bread again.
Like most of my bread recipes, I prepare the dough in my bread machine and then bake it off in the oven. That being said, you can easily make it by hand or in your stand mixer as well. Enjoy!
- Remember that when you are making breads, the flour to water ratio is often approximate, and can differ slightly depending on the day’s humidity level. If you find your bread dough is too dry, try adding a bit more water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. If it is too sticky, add one tablespoon of flour at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- I also use a scale to measure my flour so that I can ensure consistent results. I have provided the weights of most ingredients below, if you are interested.
- I highly recommend using bread flour for this recipe, as it yields a fluffier, more chewy loaf. I have made it with all purpose in the past, and while the taste is good, it is often more crumbly and doesn’t seem to stay fresh as long.
Perfect Sandwich Bread
Yields: 1 loaf
- 1 1/4 cups warm water (10 oz.)
- 2 tbls. olive oil (1 oz. or 28 g)
- 1-2 tbls. white sugar (depending on desired sweetness of bread)
- 2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one yeast packet)
- 1 scant tsp. salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (5 oz.)
- 2-2 1/2 cups bread flour (10 oz.)
- If making your dough in a bread machine, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Often it is liquids first, followed by flour and finally the yeast. My order is:
- Water, oil, sugar, salt, flour.
- *Most recipes state that the rise time takes close to an hour…HOWEVER, I find my bread rises in about 30-35 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your loaf the first few times you make the recipe, so it doesn’t go too far.
- *You may need to run a knife around the edges first to release any stuck edges.