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Classic Sandwich Bread

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Author: PJ Hamel

Classic Sandwich Bread Recipe Classic Sandwich Bread Recipe

For sandwiches, toast, and French toast, you just can't beat a classic American sandwich loaf, with its creamy-white interior, golden crust, and soft, easily sliceable texture.

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Yield
1 loaf, about 16 servings
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (skim, 1%, 2% or whole, your choice)*
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup hot water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough* (see "tips," below)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 packet active dry yeast dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water OR 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • *Mix cold milk with hot tap water to make a lukewarm liquid before adding to the remainder of the ingredients.

Instructions

  1. To make the dough: In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased surface, oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it begins to become smooth and supple. Or mix and knead the dough using an electric mixer or food processor, or in a bread machine set to the dough or manual cycle.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise until puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. If you're using a bread machine, allow the machine to complete its cycle, then leave the dough in the machine until it's doubled in bulk, perhaps an additional 30 minutes or so.
  3. Gently deflate the dough and transfer it to a lightly oiled work surface. Shape the dough into an 8" log.
  4. Place the log in a lightly greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan, cover the pan loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the bread to rise for about 60 minutes, until it's domed about 1" above the edge of the pan. A finger pressed into the dough should leave a mark that rebounds slowly. Towards the end of the rise, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, until it's light golden brown. Test it for doneness by removing it from the pan and thumping it on the bottom (it should sound hollow), or by measuring its interior temperature with a digital thermometer (it should register 190°F at the center of the loaf).
  6. Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack before slicing. Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 43g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 120
  • Calories from Fat 30
  • Total Fat 3g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.