Monday, April 20, 2009

Sandwich Bread

I've been doing a lot of baking lately; breads, cakes, tarts. All that yummy stuff that's full of butter, eggs, and other fattening things. I almost always try to sneak in some whole wheat flour, substitute sweetener or egg whites instead of yolks. But I was dying for a soft sandwich bread, so gave in to the temptation of just using white flour.

It was perfect, I highly recommend this recipe.


1 1/4 c skim milk
1 pkg yeast
4 c all purpose or bread flour ( I used ap and it was fine)
2 T butter, melted
2 T sugar
1 t salt
cooking spray

Heat the milk in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes or until the temp is 105-115 ( I usually start at 2 minutes and then check and reheat in 15 second increments)
Stir in the yeast and let it dissolve for about 5 minutes
Put the dry ingredients in a stand mixer or bowl and mix until everything is incorporated
Slowly add in the milk
Then add the butter
If the dough is too dry add extra milk 1 t at a time, if it's too moist, add flour 1T at a time
Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes and roll into a ball
Coat a large bowl with cooking spray and add the dough ball and cover with plastic wrap
Allow to rise for about 90 minutes or until doubled in size
Punch down the dough in the bowl and form back into a ball
Allow it to rise again for an hour
Take a 9x5" loaf pan or cookie sheet and coat with cooking spray
If you are using the loaf pan, roll out the bread into a rectangle and place in the greased loaf pan to rise for 1 hour. Then slice down the length of the bread with a sharp knife
If just using a cookie sheet form the dough back into a ball and and place on greased cookie sheet to rise for 1 hour. Then slice across the top in a cross hatch pattern
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Spray top of bread with cooking spray
Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and allow to cool before slicing

This is a great yeasty bread that slices really well. It's fluffy and light, and perfect for sandwiches or toast. I used this recipe from recipelink.

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