Friday, October 26, 2012

Oh Delicious Sandwich Bread

It was Saturday, and we were painting the kitchen. Our pint-sized new apartment had chipped and peeling cupboard doors, and so we decided to tackle the problem with a gallon of bright white paint (because that's the only colour the landlord would let us do). 

And then, S decided he was craving sandwiches. 

Not just any sandwiches, but the kind made with delicious, fluffy, fresh warm bread. Is there anything better than hot bread slathered in yummy strawberry jam?

This bread is delicious. A perfectly fine crumb, a soft chewy crust, it slices great and lasts for days. We even made unbelievably delicious sandwiches. 

Want the recipe? I know you do. It's so simple. Painfully simple. Deliciously simple. Six ingredients simple. 

You start with some some yeast. 

Sandwich Bread Recipe

Makes two loaves.

1 Tbsp Yeast
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Cups Warm Water
3 Tbsp Butter, softened
5 Cups Flour + Extra
1 Tbsp Salt

Notes on this bread: The first time making it, I left out the salt. Bad move! It really needs it to make a more flavourful loaf. 

Proof the yeast. Mix the yeast, sugar, and one cup of warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for about ten minutes until bubbly.

Add butter and some of the flour to the bowl, mix together. Slowly add second cup of water and remainder of flour, stirring well. Add extra flour if necessary to minimize stickiness.

Knead lightly with extra flour. Shape into a cute little ball of perfect dough. Lightly oil the top of the dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and place in a warm area. 

Let rise for an hour or so, until dough has risen double. 

Punch down the dough. Fold dough over on itself several times.

Cut dough in half, place in loaf pans. Let dough rise for another hour. 

Preheat oven to 350F and bake for about half an hour, or until top of bread is lightly golden.

... and enjoy every delicious bite. 

edit: submitted to Yeastspotting.

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