Ok. I’ve been wrestling with a few different breads lately. A few days ago, I was on a mission to make the perfect sandwich bread since we ran out of our store bought and I needed to make my husband’s lunch. I’ve searched forever for something quick, easy, and virtually fail proof. Here’s the final recipe with my own tweaks and version:
Place 2 C. VERY warm water in your mixing bowl
Add: 2/3 C. Sugar
Mix them together in the bowl and add:
2 Pkg. Dry Yeast. (Doesn’t matter if it’s rapid rise or normal)
Stir the yeast in and let it sit for 15 minutes
In the meantime? Place 3 C. flour and 1 tsp. salt into a bowl and whisk
Add this flour mixture to your yeast concoction after the 15 min mark.
Use your dough hook and turn it on low.
Slowly…add 3 Tbl. Oil and 3 C. flour
Mix this with the dough hook until it pulls off the sides and forms a bit.
Pull it out of the mixer and knead lightly for 20 seconds. Place it back into your mixing bowl and let it sit covered w/a damp warm cloth for an hour or more. (I like to dampen a kitchen hand towel and put it in the microwave for 1 minute, then I place it over the bowl)
Now, dough has risen. Knock it down and take it out of the bowl onto a floured surface, almost in the form you pull it out of the bowl in. Cut the dough mixture in 1/2 (This gets you two loaves)
Spray or grease your bread pans. Knead each piece of dough and slightly roll it and tuck ends. Place each piece into each bread pan.
Re-heat your damp towel in the microwave another minute and cover both bread pans. Let them sit another hour in the pans prior to baking. (I always have my oven heated at this point so they have a little warmth while rising)
Put them in the oven at 350° for 30 minutes. Pull them out and brush them with melted butter. I use about 1-2 Tbl butter for this. Let the loaves sit in their pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
They are so beautiful! The house smells awesome! What’s better than fresh baked bread in your home? NOTHING. Once they have cooled, slice them into sandwich size slices. This is the best part, you get to choose how thin or thick you want your bread. My honey prefers his slightly thicker.
That’s it! SUPER easy and you’d be amazed at the flavor difference between store bought and homemade. Try this and let me know how yours turns out!