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This sandwich bread recipe is not only better than storebought, with perfect taste and texture, but it is also guaranteed to be the EASIEST and most foolproof bread recipe on the internet. 

While most of you know that my love for sourdough bread runs deep, you may not know that sometimes I just don’t have time to fuss with bread that needs to rise for several hours. There are days when time gets away from me and I just need some basic bread for sandwiches the next day.

To avoid racing to the store in times like these, I turn to the recipe that made me a fan of homemade bread long ago. This recipe has been tweaked and perfected over the years and is now a family favorite. 

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What you will need:

  • Water
  • Light tasting olive oil
  • Salt
  • Bread flour
  • Sugar
  • Instant dry yeast

How to make the easiest sandwich bread:

Here is how to make sandwich bread that is light and fluffy and perfect for sandwiches with very little effort. 

I’m going to use my stand mixer, but if you don’t have one, just add the ingredients in the same order to a large bowl.

To the mixer, with your dough hook on, add 1 1/3 cup warm water, 1/3 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 4 cups of bread flour, 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons instant dry yeast. No need to mix in between or add in any unnecessary steps. Just dump these in and continue on. Easy peasy. 

Turn the mixer on low and let mix until well combined. Then, kick up the speed just a notch or two and let it knead for 5 minutes. 

If you are doing this without the mixer,  blend it well with a wooden spoon, dump the dough onto a floured surface, and then knead by hand for 5 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a light towel and put it in a warm place. If your house is cold, try putting it in your oven with the light on. Just don’t forget it’s in there! Let the dough rise until doubled. This took about an hour for me.

Tip:  If you are in a hurry, I have had success skipping this first rise and just putting the dough straight into my bread pan. The texture may end up slightly different, but in my experience, it’s hardly been noticeable. 

After the dough has risen, punch it down and separate the dough into 2 well-greased loaf pans, or in a large bread pan. Press it down flat into the shape of the pan. 

I am obsessed with my USA Pullman bread pan. A perk of this pan is that there is no need to grease it at all!

Place your lightweight towel over the pan and let it sit until doubled in size again, which will vary depending on how warm your kitchen is, but mine took 1 hour. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and then bake your bread for about 30 – 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 190 degrees F and the top is golden brown. 

Remove the bread from the oven and immediately remove it from the pan to let cool on a cooling rack. Then, take a stick of butter and generously rub the top of the loaf.

I know you are going to want to dive right in, but letting it cool before cutting it open will result in the best texture.

easy homemade sandwich bread recipe

Easiest Sandwich Bread Recipe {Better than Storebought!}

Yield: 1 large loaf
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

This sandwich bread recipe is not only better than storebought, with perfect taste and texture, but it is also guaranteed to be the EASIEST and most foolproof bread recipe on the internet.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup light-tasting olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablspoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  1. To a stand mixer with a dough hook or large bowl add the following in this order: water, olive oil, salt, bread flour, sugar, and yeast.
  2. Turn the mixer on low and let mix until well combined. Then, kick up the speed just a notch or two and let it knead for 5 minutes. If you are doing this without the mixer,  blend well with a wooden spoon, dump onto a floured surface, and then knead by hand for 5 minutes.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover with a light towel and put in a warm place. If your house is cold, try putting it in your oven with the light on. Just don’t forget it’s in there! Let the dough rise until doubled (1 - 2 hours).
  4. Punch it down and place the dough into 2 well-greased loaf pans, or in a large bread pan. If using a USA Pullman loaf pan, do NOT grease.
  5. Place a lightweight towel over the pan and let it sit until doubled in size again, which will vary depending on how warm your kitchen is, but mine took 1 hour. 
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and then bake your bread for about 30 - 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 190 degrees F and the top is golden brown. 
  7. Remove the bread from the oven and immediately remove it from the pan to let cool on a cooling rack. Then, take a stick of butter and generously rub the top of the loaf.
  8. I know you are doing to want to dive right in, but letting it cool before cutting it open will result in the best texture. Enjoy!

Notes

In a hurry? Skip the second rise and immediately place the dough into your bread pan. Bake after it rises to double in size.

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Wasn’t that easy? Now enjoy and don’t be surprised when your family says they never want storebought bread again!

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9 Comments

  1. So why don’t t you grease a Pullman bread pan? I have one and the direction say to grease and don’t use Pam spray.

    1. I’m sorry, I should be more specific on that. You are not supposed to grease USA Pans pullman bread pans, but other brands may be different. Definitely follow the directions that came with your specific pan. The USA pans are nonstick (without chemicals) and greasing them would ruin that property over time.

  2. 2 questions….are you not using the lid on the pullman pan, and in one list you say Instant Yeast and in the second list you say Active Dry Yeast. Which is it??

    1. No, for this recipe I am not using the lid because I want it to rise taller than that. Also, sorry for the confusion. It should be active dry yeast, not instant.

    1. You can, but keep in mind that it will reduce the amount that it is able to rise, so it may be slightly more dense. The baking time will be the same.

  3. One last question…
    Couldn’t I use my breadmachine to mix it and thru the first rise then 2nd rise in the pan and bake in the oven?

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