Homemade Bread

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I have had several requests for my homemade sandwich bread recipe and today is definitely your lucky day! I am happy to share this gem recipe with you. This is a recipe I have been sharing from my mom’s collection of delicious goodies.

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Homemade Bread

2 Cups                  warm water

2 ½ teaspoons      yeast

½ Tablespoon      sugar

¼ Cup                  butter, melted

1 Tablespoon       salt

¼ Cup                  sugar

½ Cup                  evaporated milk

5-7 Cups              flour, sifted

1 Tablespoon       vegetable shortening (to grease your bowl and loaf pans)

1 Tablespoon       butter (to top warm bread when it comes out of the oven)

Place yeast and ½ Tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl. Pour warm water over the yeast and sugar and let it proof for 20 minutes.

Combine melted butter, ¼ Cup of sugar, evaporated milk and salt in a large mixing bowl. When the yeast mixture is ready, add together and mix.

Use a stand mixer and bread hook. Pour 3 cups flour in the bowl. Add liquid mixture and mix well. Add one cup of flour at a time until dough is no longer sticking to the bowl.

Place dough into greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for at least 90 minutes. The dough will likely rise over the top of the bowl.

Punch the dough down and place on a floured surface and knead for about 2-3 minutes. Cut the dough into two equal pieces.

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Roll into a rectangle and roll up. Place in a greased loaf pan. Let both loaves re-rise for another 30-45 minutes. Bake loaves for 30-40 minutes (My oven bakes these loaves to perfection at 37 minutes, but I know all ovens are different). Coat the warm bread with butter. Enjoy!

Bakes two loaves of bread.

As a side note, I will double the recipe frequently and freeze the additional loaves of bread and pull them out at needed. When I freeze them, I wrap each loaf individually with plastic wrap and place them in freezer bags. I have not left any loaf in the freezer for more than a month at a time, so I am uncertain how long you can actually freeze each loaf and still have a delicious bread without freezer burn.

I have also tried making whole wheat bread with King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour. This does make a good loaf of sandwich bread, however, I find the wheat bread to be drier in consistency. If you have any suggestions for a moist loaf of whole wheat sandwich bread, please share your insights with me!

Otherwise, happy baking and let me know what you think of homemade sandwich bread! This recipe has saved our family so much money from buying bread in the store. This seems time consuming at first, but after the first few times of making this, you don’t even need to the recipe anymore and it goes so quickly. The other plus, it’s super fresh and homemade with minimal ingredients!

Thanks for stopping by today and I have some other recipes I am hoping to share again soon- STAY TUNED!