Mastering the Art of Homemade Sandwich Bread

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By Taylor
June 15, 2023

In our modern world, we have forgotten just how satisfying biting into a freshly baked slice of homemade sandwich bread really is. The aroma, the texture, and the taste all come together to create a truly delightful experience. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own sandwich bread at home, which is likely more economical than buying preservative-filled store bought bread, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’m showing you exactly how to bake the best homemade sandwich bread you’ve ever tasted! I promise it will be worth ditching the store bought bread.

The Joy of Baking Your Own Bread

Baking bread at home is an age-old tradition that brings immense joy and a sense of accomplishment. There’s something magical about transforming a handful of simple ingredients into a wholesome loaf of bread. Not only does it fill your home with a comforting aroma, but it also allows you to control the ingredients, ensuring a healthier and tastier outcome. All you need is:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Sugar 
  • Milk or half and half
  • Butter
  • Salt

The Simple Bread-Making Process

Making bread at home may seem daunting at first, but it’s actually a straightforward process once you understand the steps involved. Here’s a simplified breakdown:

  1. Mixing the dough: Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl and gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until the dough comes together.
  2. Kneading: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic, or knead in a bread machine for a few minutes. This step develops the gluten, which gives bread its structure.
  3. First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean towel, and let it rise until it doubles in size. This process usually takes around 1-2 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity.
  4. Shaping: Once the dough has risen, gently deflate it and shape it into the desired form. For sandwich bread, I like to flatten into a rectangle and roll it up before placing into a loaf pan.
  5. Second rise: After shaping the loaf, cover it, and let it rise again until it reaches the desired size. This usually takes about 1 hour.
  6. Baking: Preheat your oven, then bake the bread until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. The internal temperature should be around 190-200°C (375-400°F).
homemade sandwich bread

Homemade Sandwich Bread

The softest homemade sandwich bread recipe your whole family will love!
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 loaf


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or one packet
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/3 cups flour (all-purpose or bread flour)


Making the dough

  • Heat water and milk in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warm (not hot).
  • Combine water, milk, yeast, and sugar in a bowl and whisk. Cover with a clean kitchen cloth and let sit for 5-10 minutes to proof the yeast. Once the yeast is proofed, you should see little bubbles forming on the surface and can move onto the next step.
  • Add melted butter and salt, stirring to combine.
  • If using a standing mixer, start beating on low speed, adding one cup of flour at a time and using a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase speed to medium until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
    If you are mixing by hand, use a large spoon until ingredients are combined, then knead for a few minutes by hand.
  • Beat in the mixer for an additional 2-3 minutes or knead by hand on a floured surface for 3-5 minutes.

First rise

  • Grease a large bowl and place the dough ball into the bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise in a room temperature or warm environment until doubles in size (about 1-2 hours).

Shaping the loaf

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, release the air by lightly punching it down. On a floured work surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle.
  • Roll the dough from one side until it's a long log and transfer into a greased 8×5 bread loaf pan.

Second rise

  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise until it's about 1 inch higher than the bread pan (about 1 hour).

Bake the bread

  • Bake bread on 350°F on a lower rack for 30-35 minutes. The top should be golden brown.
  • Allow bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing.


  1. Use the right flour: Bread flour or all-purpose flour with a higher protein content works best for sandwich bread. This helps develop gluten, resulting in a better rise and structure.
  2. Activate your yeast: Proof your yeast before using it by dissolving it in the wet ingredients with the sugar. If it bubbles and becomes frothy within 5-10 minutes, it’s ready to use.
  3. Don’t rush the process, just enjoy the simple act of baking bread. I promise it will be worth the wait!
  4. Store bread in an airtight container or bag for 2-3 days on the counter or up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
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