Perfect Sandwich Bread (makes 4 loaves)
4 cups warm water
2 TBSP (heaping) dry active yeast
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 TBSP lemon juice
6 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
4 tsp. salt
Add dry active yeast to warm water and allow yeast to proof for 5 minutes. While yeast is proofing, add oil, molasses and lemon juice to water and yeast mixture. Set aside. Mix dry ingredients together, then slowly add wet ingredients in mixer and mix until well combined (if mixing by hand, add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients as it will be easier to mix).
Add more flour or more water until you get a nice, soft dough. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes at this stage, then knead until the dough reaches the "window pane" test. In my Bosch mixer it takes 8 minutes to fully knead this dough to the “window pane” stage.
Cover the bowl with saran wrap and allow to rise for one hour. Punch down gently and allow it to rise again until doubled in volume. Divide the dough into four sections being careful not to fully flatten the dough. Shape into sandwich loaves and allow the bread to proof in bread pans (about 15 minutes). Once the bread has risen above the sides of the pans, place them in a preheated oven to 375 F for 30-35 minutes (33 minutes is perfect is my oven).
This is our weekly go to sandwich bread recipe. I have modified this recipe so many times and in so many ways from the original recipe, I feel confident calling it my own recipe. I’ve made this recipe once a week for the past year as we use this bread for all our breakfast toast and lunch sandwiches. It’s perfect. I have made over 30 different sandwich bread recipes trying to convert my husband to want homemade bread for his work lunches but he stood firm. He has loved every other bread I have made but didn’t care for homemade bread with a peanut butter sandwich- it was just too dry a combination for him.
But after several years and literally 30+ attempts, it was this creation that converted him. We no longer buy bread at the grocery store- ever. For the past year all of his lunches he uses this bread and raves about how amazing his sandwiches now taste. :) Plus its dairy free, egg free, soy free for my daughter and uses all shelf stable ingredients.
Labels: Breads: Sandwich Bread