Homemade Sandwich Bread
I swear my home grows dust. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean, I will sweep and 30 minutes later it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in months. My dust bunnies reproduce at the same rate as regular bunnies. What. the. heck?
So yesterday I gave up and have resigned myself to living in a home with a gray and fuzzy carpet. And instead of cleaning I put my efforts to something much, much better. Homemade sandwich bread. Ohmygoodness y’all. Who cares about a dirty home when you can eat this bread, fresh from the oven, topped with creamy whipped feta and pomegranate salsa? That is how you do lunch right.
The trickiest part of baking homemade bread, and most important thing, is to make sure your water is at the right temperature. Too hot, and you will kill the yeast. Too cold and it won’t activate it at all. If your tap runs hot enough (like mine does-and I have the burns to prove it!) then you don’t need to heat the water on the stove, but either way use a thermometer to test the temperature- it should be at 110 degrees.
Once you have the right temperature for the water you are set and ready to go- no bread machine required or needed (it’s more fun without a bread machine anyway!). And your efforts in this baking adventure (unlike in cleaning your home which WILL get messy again, probably about 10 minutes after you’re done) will pay off: this bread is fluffy on the inside and crispy and butter on the outside, everything sandwich bread should be. So stop settling for a clean home and flimsy, chemical-laden store bought bread – dusty floors and homemade bread are where it’s at.
- 1 1/2 c. warm water (110 degrees)
- 1 package of yeast
- 1 T. sugar
- 7 c. flour
- 2 t. salt
- 1 c. milk
- 1/4 c. butter, melted
- Additional T. of butter, melted
- Combine water, yeast and sugar, stir to dissolve and set aside.
- While yeast mixture is setting, sift 6 cups of flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, milk, and 1/4 c. of butter melted. Dough will be shaggy.
- Cover a kneading board (or large cutting board or section of your counter) with remaining cup of flour and turn dough onto it. Knead for 8-10 minutes and allow dough to rest while you are washing the bowl you mixed it in. Spray the bowl with cooking oil, place dough inside and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a towel and set aside to rise for 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down and divide into two parts. Spray 2 9x5 loaf pans with cooking oil. Shape each loaf and place into pans. Cover and allow to rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 375. Brush tops of loaves with remaining 1 T. of melted butter and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy and try not to stress about the cleanliness of your home!
Slather that bad boy with butter and honey and you will forget all about your cleaning woes…