Breaking Bread: Sandwich Bread

This is a simple white bread recipe. It is perfect for peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches. Of the bread recipes I have tried, this seems to be my son's favorite, and is serving as our official replacement to store-bought loaves. Next time I plan to use wheat flour.

Yield: two loaves

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • 7 cups bread flour


Directions:
  1. In a small bowl mix the 1/2 cup of warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let rest for 5 minutes, or until mixture is foamy.
  2. In another bowl mix the boiling water, olive oil, sugar, and salt. Stir until it dissolves.
  3. Add in the cold water, mix, then add in the yeast mixture, (the mixture temperature should be lukewarm before adding the yeast).
  4. Add 3 cups of flour and stir. Let this mixture rise for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes you should have a bubbling yeast mixture.
  6. Add the remaining flour. It should form a nice light dough, that is not sticky. Let this rest for 30 minutes in a lightly greased bowl.
  7. Divide dough into two, form into loaves and place in loaf pan. Let them rise for about an hour or  until they double in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F, bake for 35-40 minutes.

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