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The Best White Sandwich Bread Recipe

4.9 from 17 reviews

This homemade white sandwich bread recipe is so quick & easy to make without a bread machine. Creates a perfect fluffy texture for your favorite sandwiches or toast & butter.


  • 1 1/2 cups milk, warmed to 105-110F
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 44 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Vital wheat gluten – 1 Tbsp per cup flour (optional)


  1. Whisk together milk, honey and yeast in a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow the yeast to proof until the surface is covered with bubbles. If you don’t see bubbles, your yeast has gone bad.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and either mix by hand or on low until the flour is mostly combined.
  3. Next, add coconut oil, salt and 3 1/2 cups of flour and knead by hand or on medium-low until the dough is soft and smooth. Add additional flour if necessary. I consider the dough done when the bowl is mostly clean and it is tacky to the touch (not sticky).
  4. Cover with a towel and place in warm spot to rise for about an hour.*
  5. Meanwhile, butter and flour a loaf pan.
  6. When the dough is about double in size, lightly flour the counter or a baking mat. Turn dough out onto the mat and knead for a few minutes to get rid of the excess air bubbles (see my method in the post).
  7. Shape the dough (again, see the post for my method) and place it seam down in the loaf pan.**
  8. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for about an hour.*
  9. Preheat the oven to 350F. Bake the bread for 20-23 minutes, until it is golden brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  10. Let it cool on a cooling rack before cutting, about 20 minutes.


* The rise time of this recipe is very flexible, but you get a softer crumb (the inside) when it rises for at least an hour. You could shorten the rise time to 30 minutes each, but the dough will be more dense.
** To make two loaves, let the dough rise for 90 minutes the first time. Divide into two loaves before kneading and shaping, and then let it rise for another hour or so.
***Vital wheat gluten is optional but helps create a more pliable, softer loaf.


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