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Simply Sandwich Bread

Simply Sandwich Bread
You only need 7 ingredients to make this simple sandwich bread. Soft and buttery with a chewy/crisp crust, this fresh loaf of bread will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.
Yield 1 (9×5-inch) loaf



  • 1 cup water, warmed to about 110°F
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed to about 110°F (see note1)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (see note2)


  • Prepare the dough: Whisk the warm water, warm milk, yeast, and sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter, salt, and 1 cup flour. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then add another cup of flour. Beat on medium speed until relatively incorporated (there may still be chunks of butter). Add the final cup of flour and beat on medium speed until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. *If you do not own a mixer, you can mix this dough with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. It will take a bit of arm muscle!*
  • Knead the dough: Keep the dough in the mixer and beat for an additional 2 minutes or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes.
  • 1st Rise: Lightly grease a large bowl with nonstick spray. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a relatively warm environment for 1-2 hours or until double in size. (See note3 for overnight rise option.)
  • Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • Shape the bread: When the dough is ready, punch it down to release the air. Lightly flour a work surface, your hands, and a rolling pin. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 8×15 inches. Roll it up into an 8 inch log and place in the prepared loaf pan.
  • 2nd Rise: Cover shaped loaf with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise until it's about 1 inch above the top of the loaf pan, about 1 hour.
  • Adjust oven rack to a lower position and preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Bake the bread: Bake for 30-34 minutes or until golden brown on top. If you gently tap on the loaf, it should sound hollow. If you notice the top browning too quickly, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil. Remove from the oven and allow bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Feel free to let it cool completely before slicing, too.
  • Cover leftover bread tightly and store at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


  1. Milk: Lower fat (1-2%) milk can be substituted, but whole milk produces phenomenal texture.
  2. Flour: You can use all-purpose flour or bread flour. All-purpose flour is convenient for most, but bread flour produces a chewier crust. There are no other changes to the recipe if you use bread flour. For best taste, I highly recommend bread flour. 
  3. Overnight Instructions: Prepare the recipe through step 6. Cover the shaped bread tightly and refrigerate for up to about 15 hours. At least 3 hours before you need the bread the next day, remove  from the refrigerator, keep covered, and allow to rise on the counter for about 1-2 hours before baking. Alternatively, you can let the dough have its 1st rise in the refrigerator overnight. Cover the dough tightly and place in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and allow the dough to fully rise for 2 more hours. Continue with step 5.
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Review & Comments

Marsha | Reply

5 stars
I made the bread exact to the recipe. It turned out wonderful. I will make again but next time I would not move the rack down. I prefer a little more crust on my bread.

Johnny | Reply

5 stars
I was wondering if I could substitute 2% milk instead of vitamin D milk.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Johnny – you can use 2% milk, it may change the final taste and texture of the bread but it will still be delicious!
Happy baking!

Jess | Reply

I’m curious if I could use my bread machine to mix and knead?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Jess – Yes! I would suggest using a cooler liquid temperature, around 80 degrees F, since there is a lot of extra heat generated in the bread machine.
Happy baking!

Joyce E Rachlin | Reply

Can I use soya or almond milk to avoid making the bread dairy? It looks delicious!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Joyce,
You may substitute plant-based milk in this recipe.
Happy baking!

Misty Dunlap | Reply

5 stars
I had never made loaf bread before. We started trying to eat only organic foods years ago. Recently I have been having difficulty finding organic bread that doesn’t cost a fortune. I decided to try making my own but every recipe I saw just looked intimidating. I knew I’d need yeast so bought some Red Star yeast packets. Decided I’d take a look at their recipes and found this one and much to my surprise it seemed a little less intimidating so I tried it. All I can say is I feel like my world has changed! I will not be buying store bought bread any longer!! Thank you Red Star for your products and this easy, delicious recipe!! ❤️

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