American Sandwich Bread

25 Mar

Don’t let the name of this bread fool you. This bread is like Great Harvest Bread. Literally…that good! Well, it would be even better if I could grind my own wheat, but it’s still amazing and it’s become a new favorite around our house. Thank you America’s Test Kitchen Baking Book! You’re amazing 🙂

This recipe only makes 1 loaf, so I usually double it and freeze the bread so we have enough to last us a week or two.

1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup warm water
3 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 T honey
3 1/2 -4 cups bread flour (key here is bread flour)–I actually do half bread, half wheat.
1 envelope instant or rapid rise yeast
2 t. salt

Whisk the milk, water, butter and honey together in a large liquid measuring cup. Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a mixer (kitchen aid is what I use). Pour the liquid mixture in a little bit at a time as you constantly mix the dough together. Let it mix for 8 minutes (using bread hook) adding more flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer. Let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double in size. Roll into a 9 by 5 shape, roll up and put into a bread pan. Spray top with cooking spray and cover with saran wrap. Let rise for 45-90 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

There’s nothing better than the smell and test of fresh bread! Yum, yum!

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