This is my all time favorite bread recipe. We go through 2 loaves a week usually. It holds up wonderful for sandwiches - which is not usually true with homemade bread. Jason hates for me to buy store bought bread anymore!
3 & 1/2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (plus a little more for surface dusting)
2 tsp salt
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees)...i have also used 1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream
1/3 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
3 TBSP honey
2 & 1/4 tsp instant yeast (or 1 envelope)
Crisco for greasing bread pan & bowl to rise in
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Place flour & salt in bowl of kitchen aid mixer, using bread hook - begin to mix on lowest setting.
In one sauce pan, melt 2 TBSP Butter
In another sauce pan, add 1 cup milk & 1/3 cup water & raise to EXACTLY 110 degrees (this is REALLY important!)
In a bowl, mix melted butter, milk/water mix, honey & yeast until dissolved. Slowly add this to the flour & salt mix while mixer is on lowest speed.
Once it begins to incorporate, turn the mixer to a med-high setting & allow the bread hook to knead for 10 minutes.
Turn the oven off.
Remove dough, place on lightly floured counter & knead a few turns. Place in a HEAVILY greased bowl, turning a few times to coat the dough with the crisco. Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the oven. Let rise 40-50 minutes.
Remove dough from bowl, and, place on a lightly floured surface. Pat to a rectangle shape as below.
Begin to roll, sealing edges & ends as you roll.
Place bread dough in the heavily greased bread pan & press dough to sides of pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place on top of oven allow to rise an additional 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees during 2nd rise. Boil 2 cups of water & place in a pan on the lowest oven rack.
Bake Bread for 40-50 minutes on highest oven rack. Bread should be 195 degrees when finished.
Allow bread to sit in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a cooling rack. The key to a good sandwich bread is NOT to cut the bread until it's cooled.
I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we do!