Sabrina's Sandwich Bread

"Now that I have conquered a easy delicious whole wheat bread, I decided to find a good white bread recipe to make from scratch. So far this one is the winner. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's July 2004 magazine. Easy and it just tastes great!"
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Ready In:
24hrs 35mins
2 loaves




  • Sprinkle yeast over warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add honey, butter and salt; whisk until yeast is dissolved.
  • Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups flour; mix on low speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 3 more cups of flour; mix until incorporated.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead dough, adding up to 1 cup more flour as needed; knead until smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky, about 5 minutes (I do this with my dough hook in the mixer).
  • Let rise in a large buttered bowl, covered with plastic wrap in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Butter two 4 ½ by 8 ½ inch loaf pans.
  • Punch down the dough; transfer to a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Gently knead each piece until smooth.
  • Shape each piece into a loaf, tucking sides underneath to form a seam down the middle.
  • Place loaves, seam side down, in buttered pans.
  • Let rise until dough reaches top of pans, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Brush top of loaves with butter.
  • Bake until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on bottom (briefly turn out loaf to test), 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly in pans on wire racks; unmold.
  • Let cool until just warm before slicing.

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  1. HawkWife
    I have to say this is the very best bread I have ever made in it's original form. I like experimenting with it because it is perfect to start with! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.
  2. jkworth
    I have made this more than a dozen times now. It is the best sandwich bread I've ever made. I only use 1 tbsp of salt as 2 tbsp was too much for me. I also let me dough rise in the microwave. I put about 3 cups of water in a glass dish and nuke it for about 4 mins, then put the dough in. The moisture level really makes a difference. Thanks again for the awesome recipe.
  3. tarynbrookee
    Just made this bread. It is delicious! Way better than store bought. And simple enough to make weekly or as needed. I will be using this for my go-to bread recipe from now on. Thank you for this amazing recipe! Only adjustment I made was using 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt, other than that I followed the recipe to a T!
  4. Bobbin
    My bread machine broke and I was looking for an easy recipe. This bread sliced well for sandwiches and tasted great. Kids and husband liked it too.
  5. Sarah L.
    This recipe was easy to follow but my rise times were three times as long, and the final loaf was too dense for my personal tastes. My husband liked it so I suppose it's just a preference thing. Thanks for posting all the same.


  1. keshiacarswell
    PERFECT! I took the advice of other reviewers and did 2 teaspoons of salt instead of tablespoons. I also subbed molasses for honey because I was out. I can't tell you how amazing it came out, but I can show you! Check out the photo I uploaded (the one where half the loaf is sliced). Highly Recommend!
  2. Kitsune
    I've been looking for a good sandwich bread that slices well. This is it. I did replace 2 cups of the flour with wheat flour, and next time I will halve the salt; it really was too much, and the hubby likes a sweeter bread. Still, very good, will make again.
  3. cmoody1962
    This recipe provided good basic, no-frills yet flavorful, bread. I especially enjoyed the smooth texture. I've added it to my cookbook as a "go-to" and intend to use it to play with different flour combinations. After reading other reviews, I used 1 scant teaspoon of regular table salt instead of the 2T of coarse salt. No problem. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!
  4. The bass guy
    Way too salty. I adjusted the recipe to just a teaspoon of course salt and I salted butter instead of unsalted. Then the recipe came out great!
  5. Kaleen1
    This bread was delicious and smelled wonderful while baking. I used sugar instead of honey, bread flour, and salted butter (so i lowered the 2tbsp of salt to 2 teaspoons). I thought the bread would be lighter and fluffier, it came out quite dense but delicious with a great texture. I loved how crunchy and buttery the crust was right out of the oven. I think this would be a great recipe for rolls so i will form the dough into balls next time!



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