American Sandwich Bread

Otherwise known as, white bread. I know, you’re probably wondering to yourself, isn’t this the umpteenth “classic white bread” recipe this chick has posted? Well yes, admittedly, I think this is now the third different loaf that I have blogged (there was the Better Homes & Garden version, then the Peter Reinhart recipe, and now this). It’s not that any of the previous loaves have been bad or have disappointed me in any way. It’s quite simply that I.LOVE.BREAD. I don’t come from the land of low carb, folks. And given the opportunity to try a new recipe when I need to restock the kitchen with a fresh loaf of bread, I run with it! And this loaf, let me tell you, is definitely worth running for!

One of the things I loved about this recipe is how quick it was to execute. Many people are intimidated by homemade bread, not only because of yeast, but also because of the time factor. Some believe that it will take the better part of a day to churn out a loaf of homemade bread. That’s just not true. Now granted there are recipes for complex loaves of bread that include sponges, starters, and three rises that can take a day or more, but for your basic loaf of white bread, just not so. Two hours after you start the process you can be pulling a loaf of fresh bread out of your oven.

Another thing I love about this particular recipe is that you get a really high loaf of bread, which isn’t always the case when making a regular white bread. I have had my fair share of smallish loaves, and this one definitely turns in a nice change of pace. The key here it to let it go on its second rise until the dough is about an inch higher than the rim of the loaf pan. Then once in the oven, the loaf will gain even more height.

Edit: I have been asked by a couple of people which white bread recipe has been my favorite now that I have blogged three of them, so I figured I should address that here in my blog for all to read. My answer is a toss up between the Peter Reinhart recipe and this American Sandwich Bread. I really enjoyed the soft crumb that Peter’s bread produced, while I liked the crust and height of this loaf of bread. I may try doing a combination of the recipes to see what I can come up with, but as it stands, these are my two favorite!

This round of bread making was not without incident, and there was almost a casualty. Now as any KA owner can attest, one of the beautiful things about these wonderful appliances is that you can throw in your ingredients and let it work while you tend to other things, such as cleaning up your mess. I do this often when creaming butter and sugar, and kneading bread dough. Both things take at least a few minutes, so I use the idle time to my advantage. Until today. My dough was kneading away on my island and I was putting my dirty utensils in the dishwasher when I heard the KA start to do a thump, which is not unusual when kneading. But then, 2 seconds later, it did a nose dive onto the floor! Luckily the little KA that could is just fine, the floor is fine, catastrophe averted. I have to wonder if perhaps my KA heard me talking behind its back about how I wish it would die so I could upgrade to a Professional 600 and figured it would help me by leaping to its suicidal death?

Regardless, we all survived the incident to bring you this wonderful bread recipe!

Quite possibly my favorite way to eat bread – slathered with butter. When I was younger my grandma often quipped that I was the only person she knew who could make a meal out of butter bread. Not much has changed ;-)

American Sandwich Bread

Yield: One 9-inch loaf

Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3¾ cups (18¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm whole milk (about 110 degrees)
1/3 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons honey
1 envelope (about 2¼ teaspoons) instant yeast

Directions:

1. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Once the oven temperature reaches 200 degrees, maintain the heat for 10 minutes, then turn off the oven.

2. Mix 3½ cups of the flour and the salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix the milk, water, butter, honey, and yeast in a 4-cup liquid measuring cup. Turn the machine to low and slowly add the liquid. When the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth and satiny, stopping the machine two or three times to scrape dough from hook, if necessary, about 10 minutes. (After 5 minutes of kneading, if the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time and up to ¼ cup total, until the dough is no longer sticky.) Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface; knead to form a smooth, round ball, about 15 seconds.

3. Place the dough in a very lightly oiled large bowl, rubbing the dough around the bowl to coat lightly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the warmed oven until the dough doubles in size, 40 to 50 minutes.

4. Gently press the dough into a rectangle 1 inch thick and no longer than 9 inches. WIth a long side facing you, roll the dough firmly into a cylinder, pressing with your fingers to make sure the dough sticks to itself. Turn the dough seam-side up and pinch it closed. Place the dough seam-side down in a greased 9 by 5-inch loaf pan and press it gently so it touches all four sides of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside in a warm spot until the dough almost doubles in size, 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Keep one oven rack at the lowest position and place the other at the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place an empty baking pan on the bottom rack. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour the boiling water into the empty pan on the bottom rack at set the loaf onto the middle rack. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted at an angle from the short end just above the pan rim into the center of the loaf read 195 degrees, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan, transfer to a wire rack, and cool to room temperature. Slice and serve.

Note: This recipe uses a standing electric mixer. You can hand-knead the dough, but we found it's easy to add too much flour during this stage, resulting in a somewhat tougher loaf. To promote a crisp crust,we found it best to place a loaf pan filled with boiling water in the oven as the bread bakes.

(Source: Baking Illustrated, pages 74-75)

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  1. Karina on July 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I love this bread! I seriously make it two or three times a week these days. It disappears quickly around here!

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  2. Melissa on July 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! It’s printing right now, and I can’t wait to try it.

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  3. Tanya on July 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I will be trying this out in the next few days. It definitely beats buying a loaf at the store for $4 and then watching it get moldy. At least if I’m making my own bread, I’m spending significantly less and I don’t have to feel bad if it gets moldy.

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  4. Brooke on July 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Okay, I am going to jump in the bread baking world. I’ll let you know when I make it…I hope mine looks as good as yours. Ditto on the moldy bread.

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  5. Chelle on July 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Brooke, I guarantee you will fall in love with homemade bread! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions when you make the bread!

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  6. Danielle on July 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Chelle–did you use a stone loaf pan for baking? i tried this loaf with a metal pan and it didn’t seem to work quite so well–thinking I may upgrade to a stone pan now! Great job as always!

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  7. Chelle on July 20, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Danielle – I do use stone loaf pans. The first loaf pans I received were 10″ pans, and as you can imagine, I had some problems turning out loaves that were “long and lean”. When I went to replace them, I received a lot of recommendations for the Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pans, so that is what I went with. I’ve been very happy with them!

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  8. Chelle on July 20, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Oh also, if you don’t want to do the stoneware, America’s Test Kitchens recently gave the Williams Sonoma Gold Touch loaf pans their highest rating.

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  9. Kate on July 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    We all love when you make bread too!!!! I can almost smell it every time.

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  10. bunny on July 21, 2008 at 7:07 am

    i love making bread to, my family likes potato bread, i’ve never made a white bread before but this looks so good i’m printing! thanks.

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  11. Amber on July 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Wow, what an amazingly beautiful loaf of bread! I just want to take a bite of my screen. I love my stoneware loaf pans, I have two.

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  12. kitchenbelle on July 21, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    This looks delicious!!! I can only imagine how wonderful your house smells after this!

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  13. My Sweet & Saucy on July 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I LOVE homemade bread! This looks soooo good!

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  14. Annie on July 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    This loaf looks absolutely beautiful! I love the height of it, and it is so very white. Carbs rock!

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  15. Inna on July 24, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    That bread looks so delicious! And I’m sure my Francis would love it too…the boy absolutely LOVES bread (well…bread, and cheese)…
    I might have to make this for him to use as sandwich bread for next week for lunch!

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  16. Jeanine on July 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    wow, that is some NICE looking bread! Interesting about the stone bread pans, I need to find some new ones.

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  17. Ms. Foodie on September 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for the bread idea Chelle! I had a question about your loaf pans…what is the benefit of stoneware vs. metal? Thanks!

    P.S. Readers of BEB, I made this bread the other day and it was fantastic!

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  18. Chelle on September 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Ms. Foodie – I’m so glad that you enjoying this! As far as stoneware vs. metal, I’m not sure of the “technical” differences, but for me I find that the stoneware help to create a nice brown crust. If you decide to go with metal, I’ve heard that Williams Sonoma’s GoldTouch pans have gotten great reviews.

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  19. Ms. Foodie on September 20, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Thanks Chelle!

    Reply

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  23. elizabeth on September 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious. For the first time in my (short) bread baking career, I actually made a sandwich from homemade bread.

    One question though: My bread didn’t get as high as I’d like. I had to make a couple substitutions, I used 2% milk instead of whole and I had to sub sugar for honey. I wonder if either of those had anything to do with it?

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    • Michelle on September 29th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      High five for homemade bread! The 2% milk and honey sub shouldn’t have caused any differences in the rise. I tend to let my bread do it’s second rise until it’s risen about an inch above the rim of the loaf pan to make sure it’s nice and high.

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  24. Brindusa@Cooking with my soul on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm
  25. Desiree on February 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I just made this bread (my first attempt at homemade bread) and it turned out FABULOUS! The only thing I did differently is put the yeast in with the flour and salt instead of the liquid mixture. I made homemade cinnamon rolls a while back, and when I put the yeast in the “warm” milk, I think it was more like “hot” milk, and I killed it. My rolls never rose, but they still turned out yummy – just dense! This bread is currently baking and the smell is KILLING me! Thank you so much for the recipe – LOVE your blog!

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  27. Rebel on March 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I made this bread last night and boy howdy it was delicious! A friend asked me for the recipe so I googled it and found you! Beautiful pictures!

    I had bread and butter for breakfast, and bread with butter and jam for lunch, so I know what you mean about living on buttered bread.

    Oh.. but you should never speak ill of your KA! I absolutely love mine and tell her so often. She’s helped me make sooo many yummy things!

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  29. sharon on July 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Been wanting a good, solid one-loaf sandwich bread recipe and went looking the other day and found this site. Made TWO deelish loaves yesterday after not making bread since February. I opted to use all milk + no water, and used Clover honey for one loaf and Blackberry honey for the other, but noticed no flavor difference. I also used the 8″ loaf pans [I just grabbed what was on top] which produced a tall rise in the oven, w/o the steam. I did like your proofing in the oven idea.

    Did my taste test afterwards w/ butter and my recently made strawberry jam, deeelish! Thanks for posting this recipe. :-)

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  30. Amanda on August 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve got this bread in the oven right now and it smells SO GOOD! I cannot wait to eat it. Thank you, I’ve been looking for a good sandwich bread recipe for a while and trying to make more things at home to save money on groceries. This will go great with my homemade yogurt for breakfast this week!

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  32. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on August 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I am so glad to have found this recipe as I was just saying to my husband yesterday that i would like to make my own white bread…but have not found a good recipe, that is until now!!

    YEAH!!

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  34. Jodi on October 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I had never made bread before and I made this omg my family LOVED it my picky 5 year old ate half the loaf! Question tho is it easy to double or triple this recipe? Or should I stick with making 1 loaf at a time?

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    • Michelle on October 10th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      I have not attempted to double or triple the recipe, but it never hurts to try! If you give it a go I would love to know how it turns out.

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  35. Anna on October 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    This worked perfectly! I never had homemade bread rise so high!! Thanks so much :)

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  39. Stephanie on January 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Found your site and have bookmarked it for further use. One of the best ones I’ve found for the type of baking I’m wanting to do! Thanks so much for providing the information! Quick question though; I’m just starting my journey with homemade bread and I don’t really know what I’m doing. :D Normally I buy bread from the store, but I ran out and I’ve got yeast on hand.. but I don’t have whole milk. Can I substitute for 2%? How will that affect the bread? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Hi Stephanie, You can use 2% milk, the whole milk just provides a bit more fat which creates more of a “creamy” crumb texture, but it would definitely still be more than okay with the 2%.

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  41. urmila on March 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi there!
    Beautiful loaf! Just a quick question.. Can I partly substitute with whole wheat flour?What changes will I have to make?
    THanks a ton for an awesome recipe
    urmila

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    • Michelle on March 15th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Hi there, If you use some whole wheat, you don’t need to make any other adjustments. Just go ahead and substitute (I would do more than 1/2).

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      • Mom24@4evermom on September 5th, 2012 at 9:25 am

        I’m thinking you meant to say you would do “no” more than 1/2.

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        • Michelle on October 5th, 2012 at 11:26 am

          Correct, sorry about that!

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  42. Chris Nelson on March 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Chelle: Do you ever use bread flour for your yeast breads? Could you tell me why or why or why not? Thanks..Chris

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    • Michelle on March 19th, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Yes, there are times that I use bread dough – it all depends on the texture that is desired in the bread. Bread flour creates a denser, tighter crumb, while all-purpose flour lends itself to a lighter crumb.

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  43. Naomi on May 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    How much should I use flour, 3-3/4 cups or 3-1/2 cups ? Since you mentioned adding more flour only up to 1/4 cup, I’m wondering this little amount affects dough texture….?
    Thanks :)

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    • Michelle on May 15th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Naomi, I would go according to the recipe. Start with the 3.5 cups, and then if you need more, slowly add up to a 1/4 cup more, 1 tablespoon at a time. There are times I need it and times I don’t. So many things can affect bread dough and it’s consistency, including air temperature, humidity, etc. It’s usually never the same every single time.

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  44. Susan on June 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I just made this bread and it came out soooo good. Really, I can’t believe it. I’ve been making homemade bread for about a year now with varying degrees of success ever since getting a bread machine . After a lot of trail and error, I mostly use the bread machine only to mix the dough now, which is what I did here because I don’t have a stand mixer yet. I also proofed my yeast first with the milk, water and honey and I let the dough rise until it was crested over the edge of the pan while set in a sunny spot on the counter – next time I will try it in the oven.
    Thank you for posting this recipe – it is by far the best I have ever tried to make. it came out so light and delicious. Wow – it just tastes so good.

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  46. Katie on July 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I just made this bread. AMAZING. Let me also add that although I am a rather avid baker, this is my very first foray into bread. What a great recipe to start out! Big, beautiful, melts in your mouth. Thanks for sharing!

    Also – to those of you without a stand mixer (come on, Christmas!) I used a hand mixer. I only used one blade and kept it at a fairly low speed – then the messy part, hand kneading. It was fun, but a mess. :)

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  47. Tommie on August 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

    So far it’s been 12 hours and I’m now able to bake. Not sure what the problem was but I had extremely slow rise both times. Just hoping it cooks through.

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  48. stephanie on September 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I made it…………IT’S DELICIOUS!!!! :)

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  51. rebecca on November 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    hi, tried this last night but came out a little dense and not soft and fluffy..could i get some pointers? ive also let it rise above the rim for the second rise. But wasnt entirely sure on the shaping, would that affect? Also if i would like to do the second rise overnight in the fridge how would i go about it and would it work? I would leave it on the counter top bt i live in Malaysia and its hot and humid. Please help thanks

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    • Michelle on November 13th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Hi Rebecca, The shaping could affect it, as could the mixing and the way the dough was handled. I have not done a second rise in the refrigerator and don’t know how it would turn out, but you could certainly try. You’d just cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator overnight, then let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, then bake.

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  52. Paule on December 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I love this b read because it is so quick and easy and delicious……I made Peter Reinharts white bread recipe as well……it has the best texture but this one tastes so much better…..it would be wonderful to get the best of both worlds hope you try combing them soon as you had mentioned in an earlier post. Also with my family making one loaf at a time isn’t working!!! What adjustments do you think are necessary to double this recipe. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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    • Michelle on December 9th, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hi Paule, I would probably make two batches, right after another, and then bake them at the same time. Sometimes bread recipes can be finicky, and simply doubling all of the recipes may not work.

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      • Paule on December 9th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        Thanks so much for the quick reply………I appreciate it very much. I have a big gathering coming up for the holidays…….what do you think about making some each day till I have enough but freezing them….have you froze it?

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        • Michelle on December 9th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

          Yes, I have frozen this bread, it works wonderfully. I usually wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil, then drop in a freezer-safe bag.

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  53. Paule on December 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    You can just call me Pesty Paule…….sorry I forgot to ask you …..have you tried making this dough into rolls?

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    • Michelle on December 9th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Aw, no problem! No, I have not made this recipe into rolls.

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      • Paule on December 9th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Thanks once again for all the help…….will be baking tomorrow!!

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  54. Sarah Beer on December 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    So… I have a question!

    I should start by saying that I’m British and I hate the bread in America. It is so sweet and weird (queue the corn syrup!).

    My question to you is, what’s the honey for? I’m worried that it’s going to come out sweet and I’m not going to like it.

    I won a Kitchenaid mixer (similar to the one you gave away) via another blogging site and I’m eager to make my own bread. I’ve looked on a few websites and yours looks the nicest, so any help about the honey would be appreciated!

    Happy Holidays

    Sarah

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    • Michelle on December 20th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Sarah, This is not a sweet bread at all; the honey just adds a little bit of balance to the flavor. You can’t taste it in the bread; it’s a very traditional white bread. I hope you enjoy it and have fun baking with your new mixer! Merry Christmas to you!

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      • Sarah Beer on December 21st, 2012 at 9:55 am

        Thanks Michelle! Merry Christmas :)

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  55. Jay on December 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Tried your recipe last night, made two loafs. Fantastic! Loved the crust on the bread and the crumb texture. Worth the effort…… Thank goodness for the KitchenAide machine.

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  57. amy on January 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Just wondering if this recipe can be made in a bread machine?

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    • Michelle on January 5th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Amy, I have never used a bread machine, so I unfortunately can’t give you a firm answer. If you regularly adapt bread recipes for the machine, I would imagine you could give a try with this as well.

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  58. Harley-Ryder on January 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    A little background first. My Grandma “Lou” never bought bread. Her home made bread was the best bread I ever tasted. Recently, I decided to try to make bread that was as close to her bread as possible. I have tried various recipes from the internet, and until I found this one, none were even close. This one is not only the easiest, it was the best tasting hands down. Thank you for posting this!

    I’m a 55 year old, Harley ridin’, beer drinkin’ guy, and if I can make bread, so can you! When it came out of the oven, I couldn’t even wait for it to cool, I sliced the first piece and buttered it. It is the best bread I have ever tasted (next to Grandma Lou’s of course)!

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    • Michelle on January 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed this bread, and that it came close to the bread your Grandma Lou used to make!

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      • Harley-Ryder on January 11th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        Thanks Michelle! I just got done with my second loaf, and it looks even better than the first! I do have 1 question though, can you tell me the difference between “active yeast”, “highly active yeast”, and “rapid rise highly active yeast” ? I used “highly active” on my first loaf, and mistakenly bought “rapid rise” this time, but I really don’t see a difference in the “rise”. Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this mystery…….:)

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        • Michelle on January 11th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

          Active yeast needs to be “activated” by being mixed together with warm water before being mixed into the rest of the dough ingredients (this is sometimes also referred to as “blooming”). Rapid rise yeast is also known as instant yeast, and is typically whisked into the dry ingredients of a recipe, and does not need to be activated or to bloom. Rapid rise yeast also requires a shorter rise time than active yeast. Those are the only two types of dry yeast I have worked with (there is also fresh, or cake, yeast), so I’m not sure where “highly active yeast” comes in.

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  60. Veronica on January 12, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Hi Michelle!! I’m going to attempt to make this recipe this weekend. It will be my very first time making homemade bread. Sadly I do not have all the tools you used such as a kitchen aid stand mixer or a hand mixer. Would I be able to successfully make this bread by hand mixing the old fashioned way? (with just a spoon) And is an instant read thermometer neccessary to make this aswell? Thank you for any advice you have for me :-)

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    • Michelle on January 15th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Veronica, You could definitely make this bread mixing with a spoon and then kneading by hand. The instant read thermometer is super helpful and takes the guess work out of knowing when the bread is done, but you can make it without it. Just be sure your oven temperature is spot-on and bake for the recommended time, until golden brown.

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    • Kristy @ She Eats on January 3rd, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Veronica – I made this myself with just my hands and omitted the thermometer. I have a secret for knowing when bread is done – just knock on the top of the golden crust and if it sounds hollow, it’s finished! PS. SO GOOD!

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  62. Theresa on January 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I stumbled on to your site via Pinterest this morning. I knew we’d need bread today, but I didn’t want to run to the store….so I decided to make some. While I love baking rolls and zucchini-type breads, I’ve never just made sandwich bread. This recipe is fantastic! I don’t have a Kitchen Aid (maybe someday), so I did it by hand, keeping in mind not to use more flour than the recipe called for. It turned out great! It was so easy, and turned out just like the photo (if I knew how to submit a photo, I’d show you). It’s soft and chewy, but not too dense. I’ll definitely be using this recipe again. Heck, I may even try some of your other recipes. Who knows, I may quit buying our bread from the store all together. This has to be so much healthier! Thanks!

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  63. Chelsea on February 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Just a side note–don’t use plastic wrap unless you want your house to burn down. or you want melted plastic in your bread. otherwise, i like your recipe!

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  64. Michael on February 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe….15m more and we will get to taste it for ourselves

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  65. Will L on February 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Just made this bread. IT IS AWESOME! It even pleased the “bread snob” of the family. Highly recommended.

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  66. Paule on February 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I finally tried doubling this recipe and it worked very well. I ended up using six and three quarters cups of flour. The first time I tried it I used the 9 x 5 pans but ended up with mishapen loaves that had ‘handles’ on the ends :-(
    I finally used my 10 x4 heavy King Arthur bread pans and it worked beautifully. This is the best white bread recipe ever ( and I have made plenty in my life). I thank you for sharing it with all of us Just another thought… be kind to your KA I used the same one for 40 years and I was so delighted when it started acting up so I could buy a new one…..I am so sorry wish I had my old buddy back which by the way resides in another state now with a friend and is still going!! I used it unmercifully with five hungry country kids!!! So much for the energizer bunny…….Don’t we all have so much to be grateful for…..

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  67. Rebecca on March 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    3rd times a charm. first two times the loaf didn’t rise due to my liquid being too hot. went and pick a a better thermometer and it turned out perfectly.

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  70. Cindy on March 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I ran out of bread so I I just made a loaf using your recipe. I felt guilty using all white flour so I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour. I use only King Arthur flour and I am always happy with the results. I don’t have a stone pan so I just used a regular dark metal pan and the loaf came out magnificent. Thank you for so generously sharing your recipe. Can’t wait to taste it but I have read that one should never cut it while it is still hot.

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  71. John on March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Made this for the first time and it is an excellent alternative to store bought. Modifications I made were (mostly from habit): Step 2-held back 1/2 cup of flour and added it gradually (heaping tblsp at a time) until the dough was all in a ball and seperated from the sides of the bowl-Also in Step 2-once well mixed, let the dough rest for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate-Step 3-allowed the dough to be kneaded in the mixer with a dough hook for 8 to 10 minutes, until I got the wonderful window pane membrane-also in Step 3-let the dough ferment/rise 1.5 to 2 hours, slightly more than doubled in size.
    The only change I would make (will make) next time is to reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon. This loaf is a little too salty but that might have been a mistake that I made because I use kosher when I bake. Thanks for sharing Brown Eyes!

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  72. Meryl on April 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve never made homemade bread until last week. Since then I’ve made this bread 4 times! Wonderful! Thank you so much…my daughter is most likely the only kid at the lunch table eating a sandwich on homemade bread. We love it!

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  73. The Frugal Exerciser on April 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    This is the second time I made this bread in a two week period. The first time it came out quite good even though I didn’t knead it 5 minutes. I kneaded it by hand for 5 minute and it doubled in size in an hour, today, and I’m about to start cooking it in 30 minutes. I will give you an update tomorrow.

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    • The Frugal Exerciser on May 12th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      It turned out great and I’m making this for my mom for Mother’s day.

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  74. Alison C on May 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    My only complaint is that it only makes one loaf! :-P

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  75. Izzy on May 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hello!
    Tonight will be my first time making bread! Excited! I have a question… Do you let the yeast foam before you put it in the flour (after you put it in the liquid?)
    Thanks!

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    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Izzy, I made the recipe as indicated in the written instructions above. It’s not necessary to let the yeast bloom because instant yeast is used for this bread.

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  76. Phenicia on June 11, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I looooove this bread recipe! It’s now my go-to sandwich bread recipe. Only modification is that I baked it for 35 minutes, brush with 1 tbsp butter, melted and 1 tbsp honey mixture and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.

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  77. Samantha Farmer on July 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Can you pour the wet ingredients immediately, or do you let the yeast sit and activate for a little while?

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    • Michelle on July 9th, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Yes, you can add it immediately because it is instant yeast, not active dry.

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  78. S. Basin on July 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    How do you measure out the flour for this recipe? Do you just scoop the flour out with the measuring cup? Do you sift the flour first? Do you sift the flour after measuring? Do you even bother to sift the flour?

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    • Michelle on July 15th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      I don’t sift the flour unless a recipe specifically calls for it. So for this bread, no sifting. Anytime weights are provided, I weight my flour with a kitchen scale. If you don’t have one, I would recommend scooping and leveling with a measuring cup.

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  79. Nancy B on August 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This really is the perfect sandwich bread. I love to make homemade bread but it’s often so soft it doesn’t hold up enough to use as sandwich bread. The first day we simply ate it with a little butter and our homemade blackberry jam. The second day we made open faced roast beef sandwiches with a little left over roast. It was delecious! Also, my kids are grown so now it is just my husband and I. It is nice to have a recipe that only makes one loaf. I will make this bread again very soon!

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  80. Beverly E on August 29, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I made this last night. It was so fabulous the family ate the entire loaf. There is another loaf in the oven right now for tomorrow. CRAZY great recipe.

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  81. Darci on September 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I only have salted butter! How would I adjust the recipe? Do I simply omit the added salt?

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    • Michelle on September 5th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Darci, Yes, just omit the salt in the recipe.

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  82. Norman S on September 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for the recipe. I used Gold Medal bread flour instead of all purpose. I read on another blog that you should use more liquid when using bread flour. Can you confirm this and if so, how much more liquid? My bread had a denser crumb than I preferred so I appreciate any advice you can give for a lighter crumb.

    Thanks!

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    • Michelle on September 12th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Norman, I recommend using all-purpose flour for the best possible outcome. I have not made this recipe with bread flour, so unfortunately I don’t have any guidelines in terms of additional liquid.

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  83. q8jojo on September 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I made this today , and it was fabulous
    It rised very well, thank you for a lovely recipe.

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  84. Mae on October 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Is it possible to substitute butter with oil? Will it affect the end result? My husband is a super duper fussy white bread eater… I’ve tried many recipes but they all just does not pass his challenge… As he compare the softness with store bought bread super soft… Thank you

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    • Michelle on October 6th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Mae, It will affect the end result, but without knowing what you’re after, I can’t say if that will be good or bad for you. I would recommend making it as written first, and then if you feel the need to tweak, go ahead.

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  85. Christie on October 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I have to say, we’ve been eating homemade bread exclusively for quite a while now. I have the Emeril Lagasse Bread & Baguette Maker (I won the machine at work a few years ago) and I seriously love that thing. But the bread pan became damaged, and while I’m waiting for the replacement to arrive, I started to look for an easy bread recipe that I could make with my Kitchenaid Mixer. I came across this and it looked perfect. Boy, was I right. This loaf of bread came out perfect. The crust was crusty, but not gum damaging, the crumb was nice and tight, it was soft and beautiful on the inside, and baked and browned perfectly without burning. I immediately decided that this would be thrown into the mix at least once a week, it makes the perfect sandwich bread for the family, and my 4 year old likes it better than the bread machine bread, he says its softer like a pillow. Thank you so much!

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  86. Lizzy on October 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Made my first homemade bread using this recipe for the first time last night.. And WOW! This absolutely blew me away. So delicious. Will be making it again!!! :)

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  87. Claudia on November 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    This is the best white bread I’ve ever made!! Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.

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  88. bgm on December 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I need a bigger loaf pan, but the bread turned out awesome! Now to attempt the Rosemary potato…
    http://flic.kr/p/in6ESF
    http://flic.kr/p/in66eS

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  89. KG on December 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Any idea why I’m having such a hard time keeping the dough together when kneading? :(

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    • Michelle on December 25th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean? Is it too crumbly? Are you kneading by hand, in a mixer? If it’s too crumbly, it might be from dry air, try adding water a teaspoon at a time until it comes together and you reach the correct consistency.

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    • KG on December 26th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Actually, it turned out great! But I had a problem when I took the dough out of the standing mixer and started the 15 second kneading . The dough wouldn’t stay together. I warmed a little more milk and slowly added. Eating a sandwich now!

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  90. Kristy @ She Eats on January 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Michelle! I just left a comment on your FB page but wanted to note here how much I love your bread!!! I’m featuring it today on the blog with a slightly modified recipe but let me just say: It’s insane in the membrane. Thank you so much for helping me to get over my fear of yeast (at least one kind) and for filling my belly (and likely, bottom) with good, satisfying, super soft bread!

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  91. joe martin on January 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I have made this bread a couple of times and is almost as good as my mothers!

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  92. Rebecca on January 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I had to come back and make sure I had the measurements right (I did) because mine was too ‘wet’. I added more flour.. I’m afraid too much! I don’t know what went wrong! Also do you mean you mixed in the KA mixer for 10 min? I did that too hoping it would get thicker… It’s rising now, I’ll let ya know how it turns out..
    I’ve been so excited to try this.. I make a lot of sourdough bread so maybe I’m just not used to the consistency.
    Anyway, if it doesn’t turn out I’ll try again..

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    • Michelle on January 7th, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Hi Rebecca, Yes, knead in the mixer with the dough hook for 10 minutes, or until it reaches a smooth, elastic consistency. I hope it turns out for you!

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      • Rebecca on January 8th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

        Thanks for your reply. It was WONDERFUL!! Hubby says its the best yet. If I did add too much flour I don’t care! lol I’ll be making this a LOT more!! Thanks again for your help! Next I’m going for scones.

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  93. Judith on January 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Just finished baking a loaf and it’s truly wonderful. This is a keeper.

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  94. Jackie on January 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Made this bread today and it’s delicious and easy. I did have to substitute because we have a dairy allergy in the family. Coconut oil instead of butter and almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Still very fluffy inside with a nice crust. It’s a big hit and I’ve added it to my recipe box. Thanks!

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  95. Evan on January 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    First time making bread ever and this turned out great.

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  96. juliana on January 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I stepped into the world of homemade bread… with four little ones, we go through so much bread. I’m a serious bread lover and the good bakery breads are speedy. So why not make my own? So I tried your white bread and it was… amazing! We ate the whole loaf in one sitting with chicken&wild rice soup. My question is… does the batch double well? And can I bake more than one loaf in my oven at a time? Today I’m making your honey oatmeal bread for the first time… it’s rising now and I can’t wait to try it. Your white bread recipe was the first I’ve ever made that turned out good! My husband was quite happy, singing “I never thought she’d make me hoooooooomemade bread!” Haha! Thank you!

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    • juliana on January 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I meant good bakery breads are spendy!

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    • Michelle on January 27th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Juliana, I’m so glad that your family enjoyed the bread! I have not tried doubling the recipe, so I can’t give you definitive answer, but I tend to think it would work okay. Yes, you can bake two loaves in your oven at the same time. Enjoy!

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  97. Heidi on February 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I have been wanting to make home made bread for a while now, but have never found any recipes with such clear step by step directions!! Most of the time it just says to put the ingredients in your bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. And seeing as I don’t have a bread machine, that would be difficult to do. Anyways,I found this website yesterday and was inspired to make a loaf of this bread, I had all of the ingredients in my cupboard, my first rising time was a little longer then the directions indicated, but the over all loaf turned out exactly as the picture and everyone LOVED it! They seemed surprised that this loaf of bread would taste like bread. Now with my new found confidence that bread isn’t all that hard to make, I definitely want to try some of the other recipes, like the Honey Oat!!

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  98. Priyanka on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    This is such an awesome recipe! This is the first time I’ve ever baked bread and it came out perfect! I followed the instructions exactly but without honey and with fat free milk and without the machines and thermometer since I like my bread salty and somewhat healthy. Good old fashioned hand kneading. It came out like Italian bread for me, hard and crusty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Thank you for this recipe. It’s one I’m gonna keep using!

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  100. Joygirl on February 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I’m currently snowed in and my daughter wanted some bread so I decided to tryout this recipe and it’s delicious. Only problem is that I’m supposed to be on a diet and it’s oh so tempting to eat the whole loaf. :-)

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