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American Sandwich Bread

  • Author: Cook's Illustrated
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar or 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Instructions

  1. Warm up the milk and water until they are 105-115 degrees.
  2. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the milk and water and allow to stand just until foamy, about 5 min.
  3. Add the butter and salt to the liquid ingredients.
  4. Add the flour and mix until it’s all incorporated into the dough.
  5. Knead the dough using a stand mixer, the dough setting on a bread machine, or your hands.
  6. Allow the dough to rise for about 20 minutes in a warm place.
  7. Punch the dough down, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise until it doubles in size, about 40-60 min.
  8. Take out the dough and pat it into a rectangular shape on a lightly floured surface.
  9. Roll the dough tightly, starting on the short side, into a cylinder.
  10. Place into a greased bread pan.
  11. Lightly spritz the top of the bread with a little oil, cover gently with plastic wrap and let it rise again, until it doubles in size.
  12. Once the bread rises, melt 1/2 Tablespoon butter and brush it on the bread.
  13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the bread for about 40 min until golden brown.