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Farmhouse White Sandwich Bread

A soft yet hearty, high-rising sandwich loaf that uses everyday ingredients for a versatile, easy-to-make white bread.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
rising time2 hours
Total Time3 hours 15 minutes
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner white bread recipe, country sandwich bread, farmhouse white bread, hearty white bread
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (SAF brand is recommended)


  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric stand mixer or to a large mixing bowl. Combine until a dough is formed that holds together and does not stick to the sides of bottom of the bowl. If it seems too dry and crumbly, add more water a teaspoon at a time. If it's too sticky, add more flour.
  • Knead the dough by machine or hand for ten to fifteen minutes, until it is smooth, soft, and reaches the windowpane stage (meaning that when the dough is stretched, a translucent area appears). If using a stand mixer, allow the machine to rest every five minutes.
  • Shape the dough gently into a ball and place into a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean, damp tea towel and place into a warm place to rise. Let the dough rise 60 minutes, until it is puffy and has doubled in size.
  • Gently stretch the dough into a rectangle, with the short side of the rectangle as long as the long side of the loaf pan you will be using for baking. Tuck in the corners and top of the dough, and roll into a long. Pinch the seams closed and place the loaf, seam side down, into a lightly oiled loaf pan.
  • Cover with heavily greased plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise again, until the dough rises to be one inch above the top of the loaf pan. When it is ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously flour the top of the loaf with flour.
  • Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until the dough is 200-210 degrees internally and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from loaf pan and allow to cool fully on wire rack. Bread stays fresh 2 days at room temperature, or 2 months frozen.



To make this dough in a bread machine, use the BASIC cycle to have the machine bake it completely, or use the DOUGH cycle, then remove the dough to shape, do the second rise, and bake. 
If you do not have bread flour, all purpose flour can be substituted.  You will need to reduce the water by 20% and increase slightly if needed.  The bread will have a less hearty texture. 


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg