This is my favorite, basic white sandwich bread. I've made it so many times. Recently I posted some shots of the process and the finished loaf on my Instagram stories and you all went WILD. So, here it is. The super simple, always reliable recipe for Honey White Sandwich Bread with step-by-step photos.
This is the loaf I make for toast, grilled cheese, french toast, and sandwiches. Basically all the good things! I've recently gotten into the world of sourdough, and I love it, but sometimes you just want a basic sandwich loaf with a fluffy, tender crumb. This is that bread.
This sandwich bread recipe evolved from a french bread recipe I used to make a lot with my grandma. It was an old magazine clipping that she had stuck to the fridge with a magnet. We'd mix up and proof the dough in her breadmaker and then bake the loaves in the oven for a french loaf shape. I tinkered with the recipe and turned it into a sandwich loaf with a few small adjustments. There is nothing like the smell of this bread coming out of the oven. It makes the best toast. A thick slice, lightly toasted, lots of salted butter. The. Best.
And don't even get me started on a fresh, summertime tomato sandwich on this bread. Lightly toasted, thick-sliced bread, mayo, fresh-from-the-garden tomato, salt: Truly one of life's greatest pleasures.
Here's what you'll need for Honey White Sandwich Bread
- Active Dry Yeast
- Warm water
- Butter (for dough and for brushing loaves and pans)
- All Purpose Flour
- Kosher Salt
Stand Mixer Method
First, you will bloom the yeast in warm water and honey - I do this right in the bowl of my stand mixer. Then, dump all the other ingredients in and let it mix with a dough hook for about 7 minutes. After the dough is kneaded, you have two choices:
You can either cover it and let it rise for 60 - 90 minutes until doubled in size.
Or, you can leave it in the mixer, covered with a damp towel, and every 15 minutes give it a quick 10-15 second mix. You will repeat this process every 15 minutes for 90 minutes - so 6 times total. I learned this rising method from Mel's Kitchen and it has become one of my favorite methods for all kinds of doughs.
Hand Kneading Method
You can do this recipe by hand too, and it's very therapeutic. Just follow the same instructions for blooming yeast and adding ingredients, and when the dough comes together in the bowl, dump onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until you have a nice, smooth, moist but not sticky dough. You'll then place it in a large, greased bowl and let rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes.
Kneading Dough Tips
- If your dough feels tight while kneading, let it rest for several minutes before continuing to knead.
- Check to see if the dough is fully kneaded by performing the 'windowpane' test: take a golf ball-sized portion of the dough and gently stretch it apart. If the dough is properly kneaded, it will be elastic and form a thin membrane that you can see light through. If it is not fully kneaded or over-kneaded, the dough will break apart.
- One of the benefits to kneading by hand is that you're less likely to over-knead your dough.
Shaping & Baking Your Honey White Sandwich Bread Loaves
Once dough has doubled in size, dump it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide evenly in half. Press each half into a rough oval/rectangular shape that is a little shorter than the loaf pan. Fold one short end into the center and press down gently. Next, fold in the edges and press down gently. Repeat the first fold and press gently and then once more to seal. See photos for reference and here is a great video tutorial from King Arthur Flour: How to shape a sandwich loaf. I like to roll the loaf back and forth on my work surface at this point to make it nice and smooth and taut. Then place seam side down in greased loaf pan. Give the loaves a firm press with the palm of your hand to evenly distribute in the loaf pans.
Cover and let rise again for about an hour until bulked but not more than 1 inch above loaf pan.
Then just brush with melted butter, bake, and brush with MORE butter! Yes!
Vanilla Bean Honey Butter
For an extra special treat, if you want to make the vanilla bean honey butter pictured here, simply mix 1 stick of softened butter with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. If you have a vanilla bean, scrape the beautiful little seeds in there - or use vanilla bean paste. Just mix it well with a spoon or rubber spatula and enjoy! It is so good on this white sandwich bread! A huge thanks to Nielsen-Massey for sending me this bottle and for asking me to participate in their Better Your Bake Campaign. Hop over to their website for more useful videos and tips.
That's it! Now get baking!
As with all recipes, I encourage you to read through the entire recipe before starting. Like most yeast breads, this one takes time, but it is not difficult. Let me know if you make it! I'd love if you could leave a comment and rating as it really helps my recipes and my blog. Also, come hang out on Instagram @wild.thistle.kitchen - We always have a good time! xo - AnitaPrint