I LOVE my bread machine, so I keep it quite busy! I usually bake one or two loaves each week, depending on what we need. I purchase 25-pound bags of bread flour and bricks of yeast at Sam’s Club to stretch the savings. This has become a tried-and-true standby recipe – and our favorite bread machine bread of all time. It’s a nice texture for sandwiches (including grilled cheese!), but also great to serve with soup or dinner.
Warning: This loaf of freshly-baked bread may disappear within 24 hours or less. In our house, it’s usually gone the same night.
No bread machine? Keep your eyes open and search Craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores for nice models that are barely used!
Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread
This is a great all-purpose bread that’s perfect to slice for sandwiches.
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in pan in the order specified by your bread machine.
Bake on basic setting, medium crust, 1.5 lb loaf. Remove from bread pan and cool on rack.
- Substitute 3 tablespoons molasses or honey in place of sugar.
- Add 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning for an herb flavor.
- Mix ingredients using the dough cycle, then shape into burger buns or sub buns before baking at 350° in the oven.