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Sandwich Bread
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Source: Me myself and I

Prep Time: 2 Hr

Cook Time: 30-40 Min

Total Time: 2 Hr 35 Min

Serves: 2 Loaves

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk warm
  • 2/3 cup water warm
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Directions

  1. Mix milk(I use dry milk. 1 3/4 cups warm water and 2/3 cup dry milk) with water, melted butter, honey and active dry yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. While the yeast starts to get bubbly place the 4 cups of all-purpose flour and 3 cups of whole wheat flour in your kitchen aid mixer(or a large bowl) alone with the salt. Using the dough hook attachment start mixing the flours and salt together(if your not using a mixture use a wooden spoon to mix the flours and salt together). Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Once you have added all the liquid let is knead and see if you need more flour(still to wet) or water(to dry). If your not using a mixer use the wooden spoon to mix until the ingredients are starting to mix well together and then begin to knead by hand. Once the dough is still soft but not sticking to the side of the bowl let the dough knead for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Once the dough is done kneading move the dough to a lightly greased(I use olive oil just a little bit maybe 1/4-1/2 tsp) bowl. Turn the dough over so it gets the olive oil on both sides. I then cover the bowl with a towel and set it on a heating pad(set to high) for 50 minutes.
  4. After the first rise remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Using a knife cut the dough into 2. Knead each ball of dough for a few minutes get all that frustration out! Then place each ball of dough into a greased bread pan. Push the bread down and all around so it touches the pan on all sides. This also helps to avoid any air bubbles. Once the dough is in the pans return it to the heating pad and cover again with a towel. Let rise for 45 minutes.
  5. 10-15 minutes before the last rise is over turn your oven on to 350. Place a rack on the lowest setting and fill a pan with 2-3 cups of water. Place the pan with water on the lowest rack.
  6. When the bread is done rising place on the center rack in your oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. I cook mine for 32 minutes but each oven is different. If you over cook your bread it will be crumbly and will not make as good of sandwiches. So watch is closely.
  7. Once your bread is done remove it from the oven and let it sit in the pans for 5 minutes. Then remove them to a cooling rack. If you don’t have a cooling rack be sure to move the bread a few times as it cools for the bottom does not get mushy.
  8. I know we all LOVE warm bread from the oven but resist if your making sandwich bread and let it cool completely before you slice it.
  9. Storage: Homemade bread does NOT have as long a shelve life so its best to freeze your sliced bread. It can be frozen for 3-4 months. Just remove the slices and pop them in the toaster and they will taste like they are fresh out of the oven!! If you chose to store the bread in open air wrap it good and eat it with in 2-3 days but it will start to dry out pretty fast.
  10. Making bread is really not that hard. Yes its a bit of a learning process but so so good and way better then the store stuff! You can also add other things to your dough like flax seed.
  11. Bread Machine: I attempted to make this bread in my bread machine. I halved the recipe and added the wet then dry ingredients. I believe it will turn out fine in a higher end bread maker but not all. You need at least 2 rise cycles on your machine and a nice long kneading cycle. I have 2 bread machines. One I bought before I got married and one my aunt gave me. Mine the bread turned out okay but it was to airy and no way could be used for sandwiches. The one in my other machine turned out nice because it had a 25 minute knead cycle and 2 rises. But the top of my bread kept falling right before it would bake and I have no idea why. Its a older model so it could just be that I don’t know. It might turn out perfect in your machine you will just have to give it a try.

Note: 2 servings means 2 loafs. I did it that way so it would be easer to half or double the recipe etc.

View recipe at plantoeat.com

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