Walter Sands' Favorite Bread Machine Bread

This bread may be prepared and baked right in the machine (1 1/2-pound or larger models), or prepared in the machine, then removed, shaped, given a final rise and baked in a conventional oven. Either way, it's a good, down-to-earth white sandwich bread.

This is a variation on a recipe from Walter Sands, one-time president and owner of the King Arthur Flour company. A member of just one of the many generations of the Sands family associated with the business, Walter made this bread faithfully once a week for years. Because of his arthritic hands, he used a bread bucket with a crank, which kneaded hundreds of loaves of this fragrant, soft sandwich bread with all its happy associations. We've modified Walter's recipe here for use in a bread machine.

Prep
10 mins
Bake
35 to 40 mins
Total
3 hrs 35 mins
Yield
1 loaf
Walter Sands' Favorite Bread Machine Bread

Instructions

  1. Place the ingredients in your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer, and program the machine for white or basic bread, or for the dough cycle. Press Start.

  2. If you're using the dough cycle, after the cycle is complete, allow the dough to continue to rise in the machine until it's doubled in bulk.

  3. Remove the dough, shape it into a loaf, and place it in a 9" x 5" loaf pan. Let it rise until almost doubled.

  4. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool, and offer to a friend.