Sandwich Bread

Whip up your own fresh-baked tender & delicious sandwich bread with just a few simple steps and 15 minutes of prep time.

Nothing beats homemade bread, and whether you eat it plain or use it in a recipe, you can’t deny it beats store bought bread. We love to use this when making our classic Grilled Cheese, Croque Monsieur, and Monte Cristo Sandwiches.

Sliced loaf of fresh sandwich bread served with butter

Nothing beats the smell of fresh bread!

There is something so homey and comforting when your home is filled with the smell of fresh-baked bread. Wouldn’t you agree?

Regardless, fresh bread not only smells heavenly, but tastes SO much better than the store-bought counterpart… am I right?

It may require just a bit of extra effort and a little more time, but the end result is worth it. It’s perfect for sandwiches or as an accompaniment to any of your favorite soups.

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with as well. It is actually pretty soothing and therapeutic kneading and preparing fresh bread.

So go ahead and get all of your senses involved and whip up a loaf of two to enjoy! You will definitely be grateful if you make a few at once. 😉

Step by step process pictures of how to make sandwich bread

how to make sandwich bread

DOUGH. Add the flour, milk, butter, hot water, sugar, salt, and yeast to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until the dough starts to come together and pull away from the sides of the bowl, adding additional flour as needed to make a smooth dough. Transfer the dough to a greased or lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable.

RISE. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours. Gently punch the dough down and roll it out into a 9 x 13 rectangle. Roll up the dough into a log starting on the shorter side. Place the dough in a greased bread pan seam side down, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

BAKE. Toward the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 350. After the dough has risen, bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a rack before slicing and serving.

Note. This bread has a really great texture and is perfect for sandwiches. I used the lower amount of water and still had to add a little extra flour to make it less sticky, but it’s very humid where I live.

Dough for sandwich bread recipe in a loaf pan

Ways to use Sandwich bread

You can use this recipe to make your favorite sandwiches like classic Peanut Butter & Jelly or Ham and Cheese. Here are some other great sandwich recipes:

You can also use it to make french toast, Bread Pudding, and Croutons. So many options!

Fresh baked loaf of homemade sandwich bread

Recipe Tips

Flour: I used all purpose flour to make this recipe however, you can easily use bread flour if you have some on hand. Bread flour has added gluten in it which aids in giving bread a more chewy texture. 

Measuring flour: when baking you generally spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off. The total amount of flour that you use may vary depending on the elevation and even weather.

Kneading: Though it is not labeled, kneading happens in step two. The dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl and become smooth and elastic. If you are using kitchen aid use the dough hook attachment. You can also knead by hand on a floured surface.   

Speed up rise time: Rise time is also known as proofing. This bread will need to be proofed twice. This can easily take 2+ hours depending on how warm your kitchen is. I will often use a warm oven to proof the dough faster.

  1. Heat the oven to 200°F then turn the oven OFF. 
  2. Be sure the dough is in an oven safe bowl. Place a damp tea towel over the bowl and put it in the oven. 
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, it is ready. Appx. 20-30 minutes. 
  4. Once the dough has been placed in the bread pan you can use the same method to make it rise faster.  
Slices of white sandwich bread on a cutting board

Storing Info

Allow the bread to cool and STORE it in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to 1 week. Homemade Sandwich Bread will not last as long as store bought bread so you can freeze it for longer storage. Wrap the loaf with plastic and then again with foil then store it in the freezer. It will last for up to 6 months. 

Tip: pre-slice the bread before freezing. That way you can remove the amount of slices you are going to use and keep the rest in the freezer.

Sliced sandwich bread served with butter

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Sandwich Bread Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Whip up your own fresh-baked tender & delicious sandwich bread with just a few simple steps and 15 minutes of prep time.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 202 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup milk warmed
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast one packet

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, milk, butter, hot water, sugar, salt, and yeast to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until the dough starts to come together and pull away from the sides of the bowl, adding additional flour as needed to make a smooth dough. Transfer the dough to a greased or lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours. Gently punch the dough down and roll it out into a 9 x 13 rectangle. Roll up the dough into a log starting on the shorter side. Place the dough in a greased bread pan seam side down, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Toward the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 350. After the dough has risen, bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a rack before slicing and serving.

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About the Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing sandwich bread recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    Not all bread does well as a sandwich, but this one really does. Also, I used your suggestion to speed up proofing in the oven and it worked great.

  3. Hello
    Your did not indicate in the recipe what sized pan you used for final bake. 9×5 ? 8×4 ?

    Thank you

    Nancy
    Belwood Ontario