If you think all white bread tastes the same, then you need to make a batch of this Homemade White Sandwich Bread! You’ll never go back to the storebought version again!
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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I absolutely love to bake. I mean I have three different types of flour in glass jars on my countertop at all times! I grew up in a Southern kitchen and baked goods were certainly the norm around my house.
Not surprisingly, I have carried that love of baking into my own home and the smells of freshly baked breads and pastries are often coming from my kitchen. (And my dogs love the smell of freshly baked bread…who would’ve guessed!) So you can only imagine my excitement when I was offered the opportunity to visit to King Arthur Flour’s headquarters in Norwich, VT a couple of weeks ago. In short, it was absolutely amazing.
If you love to bake, then you absolutely need to make the pilgrimage to King Arthur Flour. Seriously, their main location in Norwich, Vermont is nicknamed “Camelot.”
I was invited to attend Blog & Bake™, an event where King Arthur Flour brings together a group of bloggers for several days with the primary goal of learning about baking, flour, and Vermont in general.
Over the course of the trip, we not only took several classes at the King Arthur Baking Education Center, but we also visited a couple of local farms, tasted a variety of Cabot cheeses, and experienced glass-blowing first hand at Simon Pearce. In all honesty, this was an amazing trip! Not only is Vermont a beautiful state, it is also quite serene. And what’s more, everyone seemed to have an incredible commitment to locally sourced food.
The farm-to-table movement is more than just a trendy phrase in Vermont. It’s a way of life. So if you are looking for a summer or fall trip this year, definitely consider Vermont. But enough of my ramblings, let’s get back to baking!
One of the techniques we learned while at King Arthur was how to make a basic Homemade White Sandwich Bread. From start to finish, this is a really simple recipe. The mixing and kneading stage takes maybe 15 minutes, and then it’s time to just let the yeast do all of the work. In fact, if you woke up one morning and wanted to have fresh sandwich bread for lunch, then you could easily pull it off using this recipe!
And if you are wondering why you’d ever want to make your own white bread when you can buy its so cheap at the store, then you absolutely need to make this bread first. It tastes so much better than the store-bought stuff! Maybe it’s the quality of King Arthur’s flour. Or it could be the lack of all of those other ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Or maybe its because the baking experts at the Baking Education Center have created an amazing recipe. No matter the reason, this bread will absolutely become a staple in your house!
Homemade White Sandwich Bread
- Measure 1½ cups of the flour into a medium bowl and add the milk powder, sugar, yeast, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and stir into the dry ingredients.
- Pour the warm water into the mixture and beat to blend well.
- Stir in the remaining flour gradually until the dough forms a shaggy mass.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to knead it. Fold the far edge of the dough back over on itself toward you. Press into the dough with the heels of you hands and push away. After each push, rotate the dough 90º. Repeat this process in a rocking motion for about 8 to 10 minutes. If the dough sticks, sprinkle it lightly with flour. The dough should become soft and elastic.
- Allow the dough to rise in a lightly greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap until it has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- After the dough has risen, degas it gently. Form the loaf into the desired shape.
- Cover the loaf with plastic wrap and allow to rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Just before baking, slash the top of the loaf if desired. Bake at 375°F for 25 to 40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
I also encourage you to visit the sites of the other bloggers who attended Blog & Bake™ this year. If you aren’t already following them, you will absolutely want to start!
- Food Babbles
- The Baker Chick
- Tiny Urban Kitchen
- Foodie with Family
- Adventures in Cooking
- Cooking with Books
- Bake or Break
- Heirloom Meals
- In Erika’s Kitchen
- Nutmeg Nanny
- Healthy Seasonal Recipes
- Ladies Home Journal
I attended Blog & Bake at no charge, but the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.