Making homemade sandwich bread
Did you know that making your own sandwich bread is actually not only very easy, but also not that time consuming as one would think? AND it uses all ingredients that most people keep in their house on a normal basis (accept maybe the yeast). And if its easy enough to do yourself, thats on less thing you have to buy at the grocery store, thus saving money! Win win! I’m very much into knowing what is in my food, and I do not like buying boxed foods. I still do, so I’m not perfect, but I do aim to lessen the amount of boxed foods my family consumes. I’m getting better, but still have a lot of work to do.
1C Warm Water
2Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Cup of milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Salt
5 ½ – 6 ½ cups Flour
Neutral Tasting Oil
Now let me be upfront and honest. Even though I have a very classic mindset. Doing this in a kitchen-aid mixer makes this 10x easier. Frist, you must activate the yeast though, so with the cup of water (put your figner in it for a few seconds to test if its warm enough) pour the yeast in to the water in your mixing bowl, and let it sit for around 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. I don’t have a microwave in my house, so while you are waiting for the yeast, put the butter in a small pot in the stove and start melting it. Once the time has passed and the butter is melted, put the butter, salt and sugar in to the active yeast and I start mixing it on low. Add one cup of the flour until it forms a lumpy liquid like dough.
Once you have the lumpy dough, start adding the 4 ½ more cups of flour. Slowly. I wait for the flour to incorporate fully before I add anymore. Once you have enough flour, it should look like a floury saggy dough, which you then kneed for 8-10 minutes. I’ll just let my kitchen aide go and set the timer and clean up the dishes while it does its thing (hey, kills 2 birds with one stone ladies!) When its done, remove the dough and clean the bowl. Put a thin layer of oil around it and form the dough into a ball. Place it back in the mixing bowl with some plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and place it in a warm area for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
Once it doubles in size, sprinkle some flour on your work surface and remove the dough from the bowl and cut into two pieces. Roll into balls and let sit for 10 more minutes. After the 10 minutes, spray your bread pans and form a bread loaf (Link below if you do not know how). This you want to let sit in the bread pans for another 30-40 minutes. And while you do this, set your oven to 425.
Once time has passed, put the bread in the oven and immediate lower your heat to 375. Cook for 30-35 Minutes or until it is golden brown on the top. Let cool before cutting into.
Yes. The instructions are specific and long, but once you get in the groove, its really easy. Try it. Your family will be so amazed! Trust me!