Sandwich Bread

We love bread over here at Crest Cottage.  I have a great Crusty Bread recipe that I love, but I was still searching for a sandwich bread recipe.  This one is definitely a contender!

This is made with white flour, not whole wheat flour.  I know, I know, you would think that I would be all "Only whole wheat!!  No White Flour!!"  I'm not.  While I would LOVE to find a good whole wheat sandwich bread recipe, but I haven't yet, and there is no shame in that.  This bread was delicious and home made with pretty darn good ingredients.  That is good enough for me. 

The great thing about this recipe is that I was able to use up the last little bit of less than fresh raw milk that John doesn't really like to drink straight.  I started by warming 1 cup of it to about 105*
Then, I stirred it into 2 1/4 t of active dry yeast and 1 T Rapadura.
Since the recipe called for skim milk (yuck!) and I used whole milk, I wasn't sure about adding in the tablespoon of melted butter that the recipe called for.  I added it anyway. 
Then, I added in 3 cups of flour and some salt. 
Here comes the hardest part.  I didn't do this in the stand mixer.  I thought I would be fun to knead it by hand.  HA!   I had to keep adding water because it was too dry.  I couldn't even get it to combine.  Once it was the right consistency, though, it was great!
I covered it and let it rise for what seemed like forever.  In reality it was probably 3 hours.  Our house is really cold.  
Once it was doubled in size, I punched it down and let it rest for a few minutes.  Then, I rolled it out.  
Next, I rolled it up into a loaf and stuck it in a loaf pan.  !
Then, THAT had to rise.  
Just before I stuck it in the oven, I brushed it with more butter. 
Baked at 400* for about a half hour?
This is DEFINITELY going into our standard rotation!

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  1. That is one gorgeous loaf! So thick and fluffy.

  2. I have a good whole wheat bread recipe...I'll be posting it sometime in the next few weeks. It's surprisingly soft and has such depth of flavor. Not that I don't like white bread. I LOVE white bread :)

  3. @Zoë
    Can't wait to read it! I haven't had any time to mess around with new bread recipes, so if you have a fool-proof one, I am SO down to try it!

  4. Jackie: try the one in Laurel's Kitchen. Fool-proof for sure! I used to make that often, years ago. Everyone was surprised that it was 100% whole wheat...I was told it was "as soft as Wonder Bread!"

    I have the original Laurel's Kitchen put out in the 70's, but it is on page 53 of the "New" one, here:

    (Once inside the "Look Inside" feature, do a search for whole grain bread...then look for page 53 in the responses.)


  5. @ThiaThanks for the great hint! I love that you put how to find it in the book, too! I just checked it out and I am so excited to try it!

  6. This bread looks gorgeous ... i love u'r little blog space ... I'm u'r newest follower!

  7. @TrishaHi Trisha! Thanks for stopping by, and the follow!