Light Bread Machine Sandwich Bread

"I have been experimenting for awhile trying to make a bread machine sandwich bread that turns out as airy and light as a hand kneaded loaf. This is what I have come up with. I STRONGLY urge making it exactly as indicated the first time. Good luck! Comments and suggestions are always welcome."
 
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photo by Nancy P.
Ready In:
3hrs 45mins
Ingredients:
8
Yields:
1 loaf
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ingredients

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directions

  • Heat water to 120 degrees. I use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Do not guess at the temperature of your water. Too hot or too cold makes a difference.
  • Add sugar to water and stir until dissolved. (Note: If you do not dissolve the sugar, you will not get the same result.).
  • Add 2 packages of RAPID RISE yeast to the water. (Note: regular yeast will not give you the same result.).
  • Let mixture sit for 10 minutes. That seems to be the best amount of time. Anything more than 20 minutes seems to have a negative effect on the results. If you skip this step you won't get the fluffiness you're looking for. This should be in ADDITION to your bread machine rise.
  • Spray bread machine pan with non-stick spray.
  • Pour yeast mixture into pan. (My bread machine directions say always pour dry ingredients in first, but this works for me).
  • Add oil. (I've tried this recipe with 4T of oil and no butter and 4T of butter and no oil, but did not get the same result.).
  • Add melted butter. Salted or unsalted butter doesn't seem to make a difference. If I use unsalted butter, I up the salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Add flour.
  • Add beaten egg.
  • Add salt.
  • Select medium crust, white bread and 2-pound loaf cycle.
  • Remove the bread from the bread pan after the cycle has finished and place on a rack so the bottom doesn't get soggy. Try to resist taking that first slice while it's still warm. Sometimes I do -- sometimes I don't. :-) Lasts about 2 weeks in a refrigerator. Lasts about 3 days if kept out.
  • You can take this basic recipe and add whatever spices you enjoy. I've used garlic, oregano, basil, etc. I haven't tried cheese yet, but if someone out there does would love to know how it turns out!

Questions & Replies

  1. Can someone figure out the amounts needed to reduce this recipe to a 1 and 1/2 pound loaf?
     
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Reviews

  1. I followed the instructions exactly. This bread really came out soft and fluffy. Unfortunately, the 2 pound loaf pushed against the lid of my bread machine and ruined the crust on top. I would prefer to make a 1 and 1/2 pound loaf especially since I'm just one person. Still, the bread was very tasty and I couldn't resist eating a couple of slices right away. Also, at this size, it wouldn't have fit into a gallon zip lock bag. If I can figure out how to make the smaller loaf, this recipe will become my favorite. I've tried several recipes and this is the best.
     
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