No-Knead White Homemade Sandwich Bread

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If you want to cook from scratch, but you don’t know where to start, this homemade sandwich bread recipe is it!!

Creating a homemade household (cooking from scratch, making DIY cleaning supplies, etc.) takes time and it is best to start out with the basics. Making your own bread is the perfect way to test the waters of from-scratch cooking and it is sure to be the gateway to learning more homestead skills.

Making Homemade Sandwich Bread

Why Make Your Own Sandwich Bread?

Bread baking isn’t just a fun hobby… It is also a great way to become more self-sufficient. 

By making your own bread, you are able to control the ingredients that go into each loaf. You don’t have to worry if the grocery stores’ shelves are empty during a natural disaster or a supply shortage. 

As long as you have flour, sugar, and yeast on hand, you can have fresh loaves of bread for your family.

What type of yeast should you use?

Rapid rise yeast and Active dry yeast can both be used to make sandwich bread. 

Both types of yeast work great, but there are a couple of key differences:

Rapid Rise Yeast- The granules in rapid rise or instant yeast are more fine than in active dry yeast. Because of this, rapid rise yeast activates more quickly so it only requires one rise and no kneading. **I do allow the bread in this recipe to rise twice to get a good full loaf, but you could technically bake it after just one rise.

I prefer to use rapid rise yeast because it requires no kneading. Right now I have a baby on my hip practically all the time so kneading gets a little difficult. 

Active Dry Yeast- This yeast has larger granules so it activates more slowly than rapid rise yeast. It takes about 15 more minutes to rise and usually requires a second rise and a punch down. It is also important to start this yeast in warm water before adding it to other ingredients.

What Do You Need to Make Homemade Sandwich Bread?

  • Warm Water- activates the yeast
  • Yeast- causes the dough to rise… Rapid rise yeast does not require kneading
  • Whole Milk- softens the bread
  • Sweetener- adds sweetness and feeds the yeast… I prefer honey, but sugar can be used interchangeably. 
  • Butter- adds flavor… Some recipes call for oil, but I prefer the taste that butter offers.
  • Salt- enhances flavor… Redmond Real Salt is my go-to!
  • Flour- creates the bread…without flour you would have a liquidy goop instead of dough
  • Bread PanI prefer cast iron or metal
  • Stand Mixer or Wooden Spoon and Mixing Bowl

No-Knead White Sandwich Bread with Honey

This homemade sandwich bread recipe only requires 7 simple ingredients and it will give you a delicious bread with a crispy crust and a soft interior.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast (aka bread machine or instant yeast)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp Redmond Real Salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour

Directions

STEP 1 Combine & Mix

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment at low speed or mix by hand until you form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Homemade sandwich bread dough mixing in a kitchenaid mixer with dough hook | Mama on the Homestead

STEP 2 First Rise

Let the bread dough rise in a covered bowl (a kitchen towel works great as a covering) in a warm place for 45 minutes.

STEP 3 Divide

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into two rectangular loaves.

Homemade sandwich bread dough formed into loaves on a non-stick mat | Mama on the Homestead

 STEP 4 Pan and Score

Place the divided dough into greased loaf pans and score the tops with a sharp knife. 

bread dough scored and rising in loaf pans on stove | Mama on the Homestead

STEP 5 Second Rise

Cover the dough with a towel and allow it to rise once more until it reaches the top of the pan (about 30 minutes). After the dough rises, you can brush the top of the loaf with olive oil or an egg wash if you like. 

Risen bread dough in loaf pans ready to go in the oven | Mama on the Homestead

STEP 6 Bake

Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until the crust of the homemade sandwich bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Fresh baked homemade sandwich bread in loaf pans on stove | Mama on the homestead

 STEP 7 Cool

Gently turn the loaf pans over to release the fresh bread onto a wire rack to cool.

Fresh baked bread on cooling rack | Mama on the Homestead

STEP 8 Slice & Enjoy

After the bread cools completely, slice it with a bread knife and use it to make sandwiches, toast, french toast, etc. 

If you don’t use it all before it goes stale, you can turn it into bread crumbs and/or croutons as well.

Fresh baked sliced homemade sandwich bread on cutting board | Mama on the Homestead

Ways to Use Homemade Sandwich Bread

  • Make sandwiches
  • Try this Apple Pie Bread Pudding
  • Make croutons
  • Use stale bread to make bread crumbs
  • Make a stuffing mix
  • Dip it in a egg mixture to make French Toast
  • Toast it and enjoy with Jam or Honey
  • Add herbs to olive oil as a bread dip

How to Store Homemade Sandwich Bread

Your loaf of bread will need to be stored in a cool dark space. Use bread bags or tea towels to keep the loaves covered and place them in a drawer or a cabinet. You can also use a countertop bread box if you prefer.


No-Knead White Sandwich Bread with Honey

No-Knead White Sandwich Bread with Honey

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

A delicious sandwich bread with a crispy crust and a soft interior. Sweetened with honey. Perfect for sandwiches and toast.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • 1/4 softened butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp Redmond Real Salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour

Instructions

STEP 1 Combine & Mix

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment at low speed or mix by hand until you form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

STEP 2 First Rise

Let the bread dough rise in a covered bowl (a kitchen towel works great as a covering) in a warm place for 45 minutes.

STEP 3 Divide

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into two rectangular loaves.

 STEP 4 Pan and Score

Place the divided dough into greased loaf pans and score the tops with a sharp knife. 

STEP 5 Second Rise

Cover the dough with a towel and allow it to rise once more until it reaches the top of the pan (about 30 minutes). After the dough rises, you can brush the top of the loaf with olive oil or an egg wash if you like. 

STEP 6 Bake

Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

 STEP 7 Cool

Gently turn the loaf pans over to release the fresh bread onto a wire rack to cool.

STEP 8 Slice & Enjoy

After the bread cools completely, slice it with a bread knife and use it to make sandwiches, toast, french toast, etc. 

Notes

  • Oil can be used in place of butter
  • Sugar can be used in place of honey
  • Active Dry Yeast can be used, but rise time will need to be increased by 15 each time

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  4. I couldn’t be without my bread machine now; there’s nothing like coming home to the smell of freshly baked bread! I haven’t tried putting honey into my bread before though, so I need to try that!

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