White Sandwich Bread Recipe
- 5 1/2 - 6 cups flour, all purpose or bread
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup powdered milk, or substitute milk for up to half the water.
Combine two cups of flour, sugar, salt, un-dissolved yeast and if your using it the powdered milk. Use water OR regular milk that is warm to the touch and add to dry ingredients.
Beat well, I usually use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer for this part. Mix for about two minutes to get the gluten started, then add in more flour one cup at a time. After four cups of flour I turn the dough out to a floored surface, usually my kitchen table, and knead by hand. My mixer starts to strain if I try to make this double batch with all the flour in it.
After kneading, then let rest for 10 minutes. Punch down the dough and cut in in half. I use a knife to cut the dough. Shape into loaves and let rise until doubled about 45 minutes.
Bake at 400 Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Immediately remove from the pan and let cool.
How to freeze bread dough after shaping but before rising. Freeze for 2-3 months.
How to freeze baked bread after it has cooled completely. Slice before freezing if desired. Wrap well in freezer quality materials. I use a plastic freezer bag or plastic wrap and tin foil. Freeze for up to 6 months if well wrapped.
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