Perfect White Sandwich Bread
Serves: Makes 1 large loaf
  • 3½ all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2¼ teaspoons (1 envelope) rapid rise instant yeast
  1. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Place the oven rack on the lowest rung and preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Leave the oven on at 200 F for 10 minutes and then turn off the oven (do not open the door).
  2. While the oven is warming up, place 3½ cups flour and the salt in a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook and stir to combine.
  3. In a bowl, combine the warm milk, water, butter, honey and yeast. Be sure the liquids aren't too hot or they will kill the yeast. Turn the standing mixer on the "low" setting and slowly add the liquid mixture. Once the dough has come together, increase the speed to "medium" (bread setting). Mix the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and satiny. If after 5 minutes of kneading the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until it's no longer sticking. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it to form a round ball.
  4. Place the dough in a very lightly oiled large bowl, rolling the ball of dough around in the bowl to coat lightly. Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the warmed oven for about 50 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Remove the dough and gently press into an 8-inch square that is 1 inch thick. Starting with the side furthest away from you, roll the dough towards you in a firm cylinder, pressing it with your fingers so the dough sticks to itself. Turn the dough seam-side up and pinch the seam closed with your fingers. Place the dough seam-side down in a the prepared loaf pan and press it gently so it touches all four sides of the pan. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for another 30 minutes, or until the dough has almost doubled.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Boil 2 cups of water, pour into a baking dish, and place the dish on the bottom oven rack. For best results, place the loaf pan on the rack just above the water. If your oven is too small, place the loaf pan next to the pan of water.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the top of the bread is golden brown. When you remove the pan, turn the loaf upside down and knock on it with your knuckles. If it's done is should sound hollow. If you have an instant-read thermometer, you can test doneness by inserting it at an angle from the short end of the loaf just above the pan rim into the center of the loaf; it should read 195 degrees F. Remove the bread from the pan, transfer to a wire rack, and cool to room temperature. Slice and serve.
Recipe by The Daring Gourmet at