Make your Own Basic White Sandwich Bread |Easy White Bread recipe following an easy recipe with step by step pics and I promise, you will not go back to store-bought bread.
Homemade bread made with refined flour is way better and healthier than store-bought whole wheat bread as it is free of preservatives, bread improvers etc.
Once you get a hang of it you can move to whole wheat bread and can easily bake Garlic Bread, Stromboli, Garlic Rolls, Pizza Rolls or even Pizza.
Basic White Bread Recipe
Basic White Sandwich Bread
Basic White Sandwich Bread
Basic White Bread

 

Homemade Basic White Sandwich Bread

Bread is like a synonym to breakfast. There may be n number of choices to have in breakfast but bread tops the list since a long time now. I am sure you will agree with me.

There is hardly any house where you will not find bread and our house is no exception. My husband loves bread and butter toast is his favourite breakfast. Whatever is there in breakfast but it gets completed only after having atleast one slice of bread.

With such a craze for bread, making homemade bread was obvious for me. I tried and after umpteen trials, I finally got success. Today, bread baking is as easy as making chapati only but the journey has not been easy at all.

Ever since I have started baking bread at home, there is no looking back. Homemade Bread is just out of the world. Nothing to beat the taste and aroma of homemade bread. Once you start making bread at home, no one in your family will like store-bought bread.

Though all varieties of bread are good having their respective taste and aroma but what about our age-old, traditional white sandwich bread. We have grown eating that bread only so how can we forget it so easily.

Once you have baked white sandwich bread then, of course, you can use it for multiple purposes. Some of the recipes I would recommend using this homemade sandwich bread are:

 

Using the same dough, you can make Ladi Pav or Pav Buns as well. Everything remains the same except the shaping, A must try!

I have switched over to wheat and semolina not only in bread but also in cakes but yes at times I bake using all-purpose flour also.

 

White Sandwich Bread for Beginners

And for beginners, it’s good to try their hands first on this easy white bread recipe and once confident, should move slowly and gradually to whole wheat bread.

Before I move to the recipe, I want to share something with you all. Bread making is an art. An art which can be mastered only through practice and with proper understanding.

If looking for flatbreads without yeast then you must try any of the following:

 

However, if you have a sweet tooth, then do try these sweet loaves of bread made with orange marmalade and Nutella: ORANGE BABKA BREAD or CHOCOLATE BRAIDED BREAD

 

 

New To Bread Baking?

If you are new to bread making or have some inhibitions in using yeast, then my suggestion is that you first go through the basics by reading ALL ABOUT YEASTand BASICS OF BREAD MAKING.

However, if you are friendly with yeast then forget the above posts and dive straight into the recipe below.

Once you have knowledge about yeast and the basics of bread making, making bread is really easy and simple but yes, I repeat it requires a lot of practice. If it’s your first time then it would be really helpful to you if you go through the above-mentioned posts.

As long as your dough rises well, continue making bread. Do not worry much about the shape. Sooner or later shape will also fall into place.

Also, bread making is a lengthy process, one needs to go through a series of steps. You need to have the patience for this. Though actual time spent maybe less but proofing time (resting time) is more. So prepare yourself first, then proceed.

 

Healthy Sandwich Bread Recipe

If you are looking for a healthy white sandwich recipe and do not want to use refined flour then replace the refined flour with whole wheat flour. In that case, everything remains the same except for the quantity of liquid. You will be needing one and three-quarter cups of liquid, so, increase the quantity of either milk or water.

 

Detailed Recipe Of How To Make Basic White Sandwich Bread With Step By Step Pics

  • Collect all the ingredients, refined flour, yeast, sugar/honey, salt, milk, lukewarm water, oil and butter.

Basic White Sandwich Bread

 

  • Proof yeast: First of all, take a big bowl and pour lukewarm water in it. Water should be lukewarm, in which you can dip your finger comfortably. Too hot water will kill the yeast and if not warm then the yeast will not activate.
  • Add honey/brown sugar and yeast. Stir it very lightly. Cover it and let it stand for 10-15 minutes till it becomes frothy and bubbles appear. Sugar is the yeast of food, feeding on which it grows. Add any type of sugar you are comfortable with.

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Basic White Bread

 

  • While the yeast is getting ready, you also get ready with your preparations.
  • Sift flour and salt. 
  • Once the yeast is proofed, add milk and butter in it.

Basic White Bread

  • Start adding flour. Add flour in 3-4 instalments. Add 1 cup flour, mix it with the yeast solution. Then another cup of flour, mix it and finally the remaining flour.

Basic White Bread

  • Mix it nicely. It will be very sticky at this stage. Some people use silicone/plastic scraper to manage the dough. I prefer doing it by hand only. 

Basic White Sandwich Bread

 

  • Gather the dough and toss it between your hands (like a ball) After 8-10 tosses, it will become manageable and will stop sticking to your hands.
  • Now sprinkle a little flour on the kitchen counter, put the dough on it and start kneading using both your hands. Keep scraping in between. After few minutes, the dough will be smooth and shiny.

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  • Do the test for kneading. If poked a finger in the dough then it should bounce back.

Basic White Bread

 

 

  • Grease a bowl, put the dough in it. Flip it so that both the sides of the dough are properly greased. 

Basic White Bread

  • Cover the bowl with plastic sheet/damp cloth/lid.
  • Keep the covered bowl in some warm place for an hour or so, till it gets doubled. Keep an eye on the dough and not on the clock as time may vary. I winters it may take up to 2 hours also.
  • In winters, it is better to keep it inside your Otg or microwave oven, just switch on the light of these appliances also. 

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  • Once the dough is double, do the ripe test. Insert two fingers in the dough to see that the indentations remain and rebound slowly.

Basic White Sandwich Bread

 

 

  • Knock/punch down: Now, deflate or knockdown or punch down the dough using your fist. Knead it lightly for a minute or so.

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  • Shaping the loaf: Sprinkle some dry flour on the kitchen counter, put the dough and spread it roughly into a rectangle using a rolling pin. Keep the width more or less equal to your loaf’s length. Start rolling it from one end and shape it like a log. Seam the edges either using the side of your palm or doing the pinching motion. This is a very important step, so do it very carefully. If not satisfied then again spread it and repeat the process.

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Basic White Sandwich Bread

 

  • Take the loaf tin of size 9″ by 4″ by 4″. Grease it, not just the bottom but sides too up to the top, as bread will rise above the rim.
  • Keep the shaped dough into this loaf tin, taking care that the seam side goes into the bottom.

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  • Final Proofing: Cover the loaf tin with a damp cloth and again leave it for 20 to 25 minutes or till the dough rises up to the rim of the loaf tin.

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Sandwich Bread Recipe

 

  • After 40 minutes or about 10 minutes prior to baking, preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.
  • Slash the dough with a serrated knife and milk wash it. 

Basic White Sandwich Bread

 

  • For Milk wash: Take 1 tsp milk in a bowl, using a brush wipe the loaf with this milk.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Normally by now, the top gets golden and your house is filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread.

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  • Sorry, no skewer test for bread. To check whether it is done or not, tap on the top if it sounds hollow then done otherwise bake for some more time.
  • Take it out of the oven, leave it for 4-5 minutes. Loosen the sides using a butter knife and invert it onto a wire rack.
  • Brush butter on the top.

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  • Cover with a damp cloth and let it cool down. This is important as it makes the bread crust soft.
  • Once cooled completely, cut slices and enjoy.

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Sandwich Bread Recipe

 

  • Since no preservatives are used, it remains good for a day or two only at room temperature.
  •  So, pack it in ziplock bags and keep in the refrigerator.

 

Basic White Sandwich Bread

Baking Bread In OTG

I do most of my baking in microwave convection. This bread too was baked in microwave convection.

However, to bake in an OTG, do as follows or refer my Ladi Pav recipe where I baked the  Pav Buns in an OTG.

  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes using the bake mode or turning on both the rods.
  • Once preheated, switch off the top rod. keep the bread tin on the middle rack and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • In the last 15 minutes, switch on the top rod too so that the top of the bread gets a beautiful golden colour.

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Basic White Sandwich Bread

Easy and quick recipe to make your own basic white bread.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Proofing Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3.25 Cups 400 gms All-Purpose Flour plus 1 Tbsp for dusting
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1.5 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk at room temperature plus 1 tsp for Milk Wash
  • 1 Tbsp Butter softened plus 1 tsp for Brushing
  • 1 tsp Oil

Instructions

  1. Proof yeast: First of all, take a big bowl and pour lukewarm water in it. Add sugar and yeast. Stir it very lightly. Cover it and let it stand for 10-15 minutes till it becomes frothy and bubbles appear.
  2. While the yeast is getting ready, you also get ready with your preparations.
  3. Sift flour and salt.
  4. Once the yeast is proofed, add milk and butter in it.
  5. Start adding flour. Add flour in 3-4 instalments. Add 1 cup flour, mix it with the yeast solution. Then another cup of flour, mix it and finally the remaining flour.
  6. Mix it nicely. It will be very sticky at this stage. Some people use silicon/plastic scraper to manage the dough. I prefer doing it by hand only.
  7. Gather the dough and toss it between your hands ( like a ball) After 8-10 tosses, it will become manageable and will stop sticking to your hands.
  8. Now sprinkle a little flour on the kitchen counter, put the dough on it and start kneading using both your hands. Keep scraping in between. After few minutes, the dough will be smooth and shiny.
  9. Do the test for kneading. If poked a finger in the dough then it should bounce back.
  10. Grease a bowl, put the dough in it. Flip it so that both the sides of the dough are properly greased.
  11. Cover the bowl with plastic sheet/damp cloth/lid.
  12. Keep the covered bowl in some warm place for an hour or so, till it gets doubled.
  13. It is better to keep it inside your Otg or microwave oven. In winters, just switch on the light of these appliances also.
  14. Once the dough is double, do the ripe test. Insert two fingers in the dough to see that the indentations remain and rebound slowly.
  15. Knock/punch down: Now, deflate or knockdown or punch down the dough using your fist. Knead it lightly for a minute or so.

  16. Shaping the loaf: Sprinkle some dry flour on the kitchen counter, put the dough and spread it roughly into a rectangle using a rolling pin. Keep the width more or less equal to your loaf's length. Start rolling it from one end and shape it like a log. Seam the edges either using the side of your palm or doing the pinching motion. This is a very important step, so do it very carefully. If not satisfied then again spread it and repeat the process.
  17. Take the loaf tin of size 9" by 4" by 4". Grease it, not just the bottom but sides too up to the top, as bread will rise above the rim.
  18. Keep the shaped dough into this loaf tin, taking care that the seam side goes into the bottom.
  19. Final Proofing: Cover the loaf tin with a damp cloth and again leave it for 40-45 minutes or till the dough rises up to the rim of the loaf tin.
  20. After 40 minutes or about 10 minutes prior to baking, preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. I bake in microwave convection using the convection mode. To bake in an Otg, read the instructions given in the post.

  21. Slash the dough with a serrated knife and milk wash it.
  22. For Milk wash: Take 1 tsp milk in a bowl, using a brush wipe the loaf with this milk.
  23. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Normally by now, the top gets golden and your house is filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread.
  24. Sorry, no skewer test for bread.  Take it out of the oven, leave it for 4-5 minutes. Loosen the sides using a butter knife and invert it onto a wire rack.
  25. Brush butter on the top.
  26. Cover with a damp cloth and let it cool down.
  27. Once cooled completely, cut slices and enjoy.
  28. Since no preservatives are used, it remains good for a day or two only at room temperature.
  29. So, pack it in ziplock bags and keep in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. The amount of liquid used may be slightly more or less (by 1 tbsp) depending on the flour.
  2. If using dry yeast instead of instant yeast then take 1.25 tsp dry yeast.
  3. Sifting is done for two reasons, one is to aerate the flour and other is to mix the salt in the flour. This is because yeast does not like salt and if put on salt its growth may be inhibited.
  4. Ensure that the dough is greased from both the sides so that cracks may not appear in it while proofing.
  5. Baking time may vary slightly from oven to oven so keep a watch 3o minute onwards.
  6. In case the top gets too much brown then cover it with aluminium foil.
  7. To check for the doneness of the bread tap on the top of the bread, If sounds hollow then it means it is done.
  8. After taking out of the loaf tin, always keep the loaf on a wire rack otherwise it will turn soggy from the bottom and also cover it with a damp cloth till cools down completely.
  9. Always cut the bread into slices when it is cooled completely.
  10. Butter is brushed on the top to give a shine to the loaf.

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This was originally published on 25th July 2017, republished on 13th July 2020