This is my favorite quick and easy homemade sandwich bread. I say favorite, but I haven't made much homemade bread. I want to try my hand at more, but this bread is great for those of you who (like me) may find bread making a little intimidating. It doesn't take much time and can be started in the morning and ready well in time for lunch.
I like it because it tastes good, but also because I know what's in it (and it's not a lot).
I promise you, if I can make it, you can!
The ingredients and directions are below, but here are some pictures of my process.
Adding the flour...
My baking buddy was not happy at this point so clearly I didn't take time to focus the picture. The good news is you get breaks during this process to let the dough rise so you can appease any unhappy helpers.
Look how cool...it rises! You just let it sit!
They don't have to look pretty. I never have them perfectly even, but that's okay. I think it adds to the homemade appeal.
Again, it does the work for you, go take a nap!
You can see how mine end up touching, that's fine. I can never actually get them two inches apart on one baking tray. They will just have to be pulled apart after baking. You can also see where I rolled them up. I generally just fold it in thirds.
Rub some butter on them for added shine and taste and enjoy!
Here's the inside, ready for a yummy sandwich.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 Tbs yeast
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 2- 3 1/2 cups flour
- Butter for rubbing on top
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let sit for five minutes until bubbly and foamy.
- Add the salt, olive oil, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until combined.
- Add another cup of flour and mix until combined.
- Continue to add flour 1/4 a cup at a time until a soft dough is formed (you don't want it to be too sticky)
- Knead the dough until smooth and pliable.
- Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
- After the dough has risen, divide the ball into four even pieces.
- Form a rectangle with each dough piece that is about 4-5 inches wide by 9 inches long.
- Roll the rectangle to form a skinny loaf and place seam side down on a baking sheet.
- Place each loaf two inches apart because the dough will rise.
- Cover and let rise for one hour (or until each loaf has doubled in size)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and rub the tops of the loaves with butter.
- While cooling, keep them covered with a towel to maintain moisture.
- Store in a plastic bag or container.
- Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy!