Sandwich Bread Made the Kayla K Way
Day three of Purge-the-Pantry week and we are out of bread. This makes for a great opportunity to try out White Sandwich Bread from The Frugal Girl. As you can see from my edited recipe below, I ran into some complications. Following her wonderful pictures kept me on track so even with my improvisations Spencer will have a nice ham sandwich in his lunch cooler tomorrow.
The original recipe is in bold, my little comments are strewn throughout.
White Sandwich Bread
5 3/4-6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups milk (you can use water if you don’t do dairy) Or, you can use water if you only have a half gallon of milk to get through the rest of the week and are planning for French toast later on.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
1. In an large mixer bowl old melamine mixing bowl inherited from my grandma, combine 2 1/2 cups of flour and yeast.
2. In a saucepan or in the microwave, heat milk water, sugar, butter, and salt to 115-120 degrees hot enough to melt the butter and a little more. I don’t have a thermometer, obviously.
3. Add hot liquids to flour and yeast. Beat at low speed until combined slowly with a wooden spoon, then beat at high speed faster with a wooden spoon for 3 minutes. Yup, my hand mixer was left at college.
4. Add enough additional flour to make a soft, but kneadable dough, and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
5. Put dough back into mixing bowl, cover with wet tea towel Nope, no tea towel. But I did find a clean-but-ice-tea-stained white work shirt in my rag bag which seemed to do the trick, and let rise 1 hour until I got back from a walk with Tony.
6. Punch dough down, divide into two pieces, and roll into a rectangle, about 6″x18″. Starting from the short end, roll up jelly-roll style and place into two one greased 4×8 inch loaf pans because the other one is with the hand mixer at my college apartment. Last year, before I made the decision to go back to college, in an effort to de-clutter, I went through our cupboards and tossed anything we had duplicate of. Now when I come home from college I have to bring my favorite baking supplies with me our I’m SOL. Made buns with the rest of the dough and put them in my lasagna dish. Cover with wet tea towel shirt and let rise 30-40 minutes, or until doubled.
7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool before slicing with a butcher knife because the bread knife is, surprise, at my college apartment.
And there you have it- sandwich bread made the Kayla K way, with a lot of help from The Frugal Girl.