Classic Sandwich Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
SERVES: 4-6
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mixing:
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir till the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl.
  • You may need up to 2/3 cup of hot water to make a soft, smooth dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased surface, oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it begins to become smooth and supple. (You may also knead this dough in an electric mixer or food processor, or in a bread machine set to the dough or manual cycle).
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise till puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 60 minutes, depending on the warmth of your kitchen.
  • Shaping:
  • Don't punch down the dough. Transfer it to a lightly oiled work surface, and gently shape it into an 8-inch log.
  • Place the log in a lightly greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan, cover the pan loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the bread to rise for about 60 minutes, until it’s domed about 1 inch above the edge of the pan.
  • A finger pressed into the dough should leave a mark that rebounds slowly.
  • Baking:
  • Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for about 35 minutes, until it’s light golden brown.
  • Test it for doneness by removing it from the pan and thumping it on the bottom (it should sound hollow), or by measuring its interior temperature with an instant-read thermometer (it should register 190°F at the center of the loaf).
  • Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a wire rack before slicing.
  • Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature.
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